25 Things to Be Thankful For This Year
Before you dig into a plate filled with your favorite holiday foods — think sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, and your great-grandmother’s green bean casserole — you may take part in a long-standing tradition. After gathering around the Thanksgiving table, you and your family may take turns listing off a few things you’re grateful for that year.
As a child, you may have had an easy answer: toys or treats or the pumpkin pie you knew you’d get after dinner. As an adult, though, you may have had a hard time finding one.
In the past twelve months, you’ve probably experienced hard times, troubles, and maybe even loss. It’s times like these, though, that gratitude is more important than ever.
This Thanksgiving, then, don’t miss out on an opportunity to say thanks alongside your loved ones.
When you gather ‘round the table next week, keep these things in mind:
From your closest friends to your extended family, these are the people who know you best and have your best interest at heart.
No matter the situation, you can always rely on your dog, cat, or other fluffy friends to boost your mood. Cue the puppy cuddles.
Even if it’s not your dream house in your dream city, having a roof over your head and somewhere to lay your head is something to be thankful for.
Whether you have a diploma or a degree, your education is valuable. It empowers you to know more, learn more, and do more.
New medical advances have paved the way for treatments and technology that save millions of lives every year. There’s never been a better time to get better health.
Healthcare enables you to get the services you need when you’re sick. Don’t forget about the doctors, nurses, and community pharmacists who power the healthcare system and work to keep you safe year-round.
Think about the next-door neighbor who lent you a cup of sugar or the one who watered your plants while you were away. Being surrounded by a welcoming community is a privilege that few receive.
Has a stranger ever paid for your morning coffee or let you on the highway in a traffic jam? Random acts of kindness remind us that people are good, and they inspire us to do good ourselves.
Whether it’s a quick call to your mom or a catch-up with a friend, there’s nothing quite like a good conversation with someone you love. Conversation creates connection, and connection matters.
Few times feel better than a Friday evening. After a week of work, you can finally take a break and catch up on your own projects at home.
Have you cracked open To Kill a Mockingbird lately? How about The Catcher in the Rye? The Lord of the Rings trilogy? A good book lets you escape the real world, go new places, and meet new people all from the comfort of your own couch.
What’s better than a carefully curated playlist with all of your favorite songs to match all of your moods? Volume up.
Everyone has a “comfort show” they turn to after a bad day or a long week. With a quick flip of the remote, you can get instant access to all of your favorites again and again.
You probably don’t have your favorite dish every day, so when you do, it’s worth celebrating. Don’t skip out on dessert, either.
Maybe it’s the day of your wedding, the birth of your child, or the time that you climbed a mountain and saw a spectacular view. No matter the moment, good memories carry us through hard times and inspire us to keep making new ones.
A bit of sunlight and a fresh breeze can lift anyone’s spirits. From your own backyard to the natural wonders of the world, there’s plenty of places for you to get back to nature.
A turning a leaf, a falling snowflake, or the first flower after a long winter all have special significance. With each change of the seasons, we have new chances to change (and improve) ourselves.
Calories don’t count during the holidays. An extra slice of pie, anyone?
Everyone celebrates the same day in a unique way, but your family’s traditions should be cherished.
A good laugh can make everything feel just a bit better, especially when it’s shared with a friend or family member.
Hugs can relieve tension and promote bonding. Fun fact: Virginia Satir, a late family therapist, famously said that you need 4 hugs every day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance, and 12 hugs for personal growth.
The foundation for a strong relationship is feeling seen, heard, and understood. When you get the sense that someone “gets” you, you can create a connection and begin to build a relationship.
Inspiration is hard to come across, so when you have a “light bulb moment,” you certainly want to take note of it.
Throughout this past year, you have jumped over hurdles, overcome obstacles, and pushed yourself to make it through one of the toughest times in human history. Give yourself a pat on the back.
As you’ve gone through new challenges, you’ve also learned new lessons and grown in new ways. Be thankful for the person that you are, and more importantly, the person that you are becoming.