42 things to add to a gratitude list

gratitudeCicero, the 1st Century Roman orator once said: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

The U.S. Holiday of Thanksgiving took place last week, but hopefully we’re not expressing thanks just one day of the year.  Daily gratitude is a key to happiness, health, success and balanced living.

So I get to write about it again.

Sometimes people get dejected, or have suffered great loss and find it difficult to find anything to be thankful for.

One of the best spiritual practices I know is to list at least 5 things you are grateful for every night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up. That can help lift our spirits no matter what is going on.

So my goal today is to help you out by listing things we can express gratitude for – things that we may just take for granted.  Things it may not occur to us to be grateful for.

Here goes:

  1. A roof over our heads
  2. Clothing
  3. Shoes
  4. Hat, mittens, scarf, boots and heavy coat in cold weather
  5. Lightweight cotton in warm weather
  6. Computers
  7. Smart phones [yes, I know they’re computers, but they’re really in a class by themselves]
  8. Refrigerators
  9. Stoves
  10. Dishwashers
  11. Washing machines and dryers for clothes
  12. Electricity
  13. Lamps
  14. Automobiles
  15. Fruits and vegetables [especially organic]
  16. Farmers
  17. Windows so we can see the sky, trees, birds and more
  18. Friends
  19. Family
  20. Playing cards
  21. Games
  22. Bicycles
  23. Beds
  24. Mattresses
  25. Blankets
  26. Chairs
  27. Tables
  28. Lamps
  29. Band-aids
  30. Emergency Aid organizations
  31. Flowers
  32. Snow
  33. Rain
  34. Books
  35. Television
  36. Films
  37. Radio
  38. Wind that blows away our troubles
  39. Kleenex
  40. Indoor plumbing
  41. Hot running water
  42. Holiday lights that brighten our spirits

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.  What haven’t I listed?  Please add to this list in the comments section.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”  Meister Eckhart



Molly Larkin

Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller "The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman”  and other books on health. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes, healing practice and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com

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