50 Simple, Yet Powerful, Things to Be Grateful For

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

-Eckhart Tolle 

Appreciation is the key to a better, more fulfilling life.  However, when we give thanks, we often overlook many of the basic things that make our lives more convenient, entertaining and safe.  This list aims to identify some of the blessings we often take for granted.

Several hundred years ago people had very few of the items on this list, and there are still people alive today who don’t have many of them.  Chances are if you are reading this list, you have access to the majority of these things.  To feel some extra appreciation for your life today,  take a moment to think about what your life would be like without these simple, yet powerful blessings.

  1. Clean water
  2. Electricity
  3. Women’s rights
  4. Heating
  5. Air conditioning
  6. Having enough food to eat
  7. Having had an education
  8. Being literate/knowing how to read and write
  9. The internet, and being able to find the answers to your questions quickly
  10. Personal and public transportation like cars, bicycles, buses, and subways
  11. Shelter from the elements
  12. Child labor laws
  13. Movies and documentaries
  14. Having access to anesthesia during surgery and dental procedures
  15. Refrigerators, ovens and standard kitchen appliances
  16. Indoor plumbing
  17. The arts: music, theatre, comedy, etc.
  18. Restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets and the ability to find food easily
  19. Veterinary care for our pets
  20. Roads
  21. Hot showers
  22. Public libraries
  23. Medications and herbal remedies for when we are sick
  24. Telephones and smartphones
  25. Computers
  26. Sports and leisure activities
  27. Hospice care for the dying
  28. Clothing
  29. Recycling
  30. Civil rights
  31. Toys for our children
  32. Lightbulbs
  33. The ability to go anywhere in the world that you need or want to go via airplanes, trains or boats
  34. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dentistry
  35. Free time
  36. Laws that protect how many hours we work and cover our medical expenses if we get injured on the job
  37. 911, first responders, nurses, doctors and anyone who keeps us safe in an emergency
  38. Spiritual awareness
  39. The abolition of slavery
  40. Freedom of speech
  41. The postal service
  42. Orthodontics
  43. Birth control
  44. Freedom of religion
  45. Shoes
  46. Cutlery
  47. Tools
  48. Comfortable beds, pillows and sheets
  49. The ability to stay in touch with friends and loved ones who are far away
  50. Civilization

Naturally, there are things we still want to improve upon to make life even better, but often we focus on what’s wrong with the world rather than on what’s right with it.  There are many things working in our favor that we simply take for granted most of the time.

As a species, we have created the ability for many of us to enjoy comfortable, knowledgeable and entertaining lives.  We are among the most fortunate people in all of human history, and as a result, we have many things to appreciate and be grateful for.

This article was originally posted at Raise Your Vibration Today.

About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of Raise Your Vibration Today, which offers Law of Attraction tips and education (updated daily).  To learn more about Andrea or Raise Your Vibration Today visit her blogFacebook, Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11).

Photo Credit: “Homeless in Sugamo 2” by Jim Fischer.  Some Rights Reserved.  This image has been cropped and resized.

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