Do you want to express thankfulness for the people, things, and experiences in your life? That's great! Gratitude can not only help us form closer, more satisfying bonds with others, but it feels good too. So in this article, we'll give you a list of things to be thankful for in different areas of your life.

What is thankfulness?

Gratitude—or thankfulness—is often considered to be a positive emotion (Chipperfield, Perry, & Weiner, 2003). Expressing and experiencing thankfulness is strongly linked with happiness and well-being (Bono, Emmons, & McCullough, 2004). In short, being thankful feels good and is good for us.

But it's not always easy to think of things to be thankful for. So here's a list of ideas to get you started.

Things to be thankful for today

  • Having air to breathe
  • The feeling of the sun
  • The smell of flowers, fresh-cut grass, or trees
  • The people we have in our lives
  • That our parents gave us this life
  • To be alive