Simple Things To Be Thankful For…


As we enter another holiday season, we will inevitably be bombarded with flashy advertisements and gift buying guides championing the latest and greatest gadgets, jewelry, cars, and so on. And while I’m not against investing in new products that add value to our lives, I don’t want us to think we “need” a bunch of new and expensive things to be happy.

Here’s a list of life’s simple things to be thankful for this holiday season and beyond.

  1. A quiet morning.
  2. A hug from someone you love.
  3. Sipping a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  4. Learning a new skill all by yourself.
  5. A child’s laughter.
  6. Someone special wanting your attention.
  7. Being able to sit with your true friends comfortably in silence.
  8. Laughing at old family photos.
  9. Walking around your home and admiring it right after you finish cleaning it up.
  10. The smell of a home-cooked meal.
  11. Listening to a song that actually makes you feel better.
  12. Having an interesting conversation with a complete stranger. 
  13. Finding out that others are experiencing the same problem you are experiencing, and finally knowing that you’re not alone.
  14. The satisfying feeling of doing the right thing.
  15. Looking up at the sky on a really clear night and seeing nothing but stars.
  16. The cold side of the pillow on a warm summer night.
  17. That first hint of a cool breeze at the end of a hot summer.
  18. Sharing an umbrella with someone else.
  19. The peaceful calm just after a heavy rainstorm or snowfall.
  20. Walking barefoot in the grass.
  21. Listening to the breeze blow through the trees.
  22. When traffic is light and you get home from work or school faster than usual.
  23. Realizing that you’re in the fastest moving checkout line at the grocery store.
  24. When a stranger offers to take a photo of you and your friends so you can all be in the photo together.
  25. The joy of looking at a picture of yourself and loving it.
  26. Achieving a milestone that you’ve gradually and diligently worked for.
  27. Being able to tell someone some genuinely good news.
  28. Knowing deep down that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
  29. The bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book.
  30. Sleeping right next to someone you truly love.
  31. Falling asleep as soon as you lay down.


  1. Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition. We don’t have that in Australia, but I’m going to share your post on Facebook for my American friends. This is such a good list. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Cheryl!

  2. Thank you, Irina. I appreciate you sharing very much! Although, you don’t have to have a tradition to be thankful. 🙂 So, with that said, I am sure you will find something the rest of this week you are thankful for. I am thankful for connecting with you and being able to enjoy your lovely poetry! Cheers!

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