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How to write a powerful gratitude list: Simple Steps

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Learning how to write a gratitude list is a powerful way to remind yourself of all the blessings and positive things in your life. It can help you focus on the good, even when everything around you seems confusing or overwhelming. Creating and writing down an effective gratitude list takes some thought and effort, but it’s well worth it! Here are some tips and tricks to get started.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can have a profound effect on our well-being. When we take the time to appreciate the good things in our lives, we not only feel happier and more fulfilled, but we also attract more positive experiences into our lives.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own gratitude list, here are some specific items you might want to include: family and friends, coworkers, extended family, friends of friends, acquaintances, chance encounters; work, career, internships, mentors; education, extracurricular activities, hobbies, routines, things you own or can afford; and intangible things like good memories, things that shape you into who you are; music, etc.

Start Small When You Are First Learning to Write a Gratitude List

One key tip when making a gratitude list is not to overwhelm yourself. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. It is what means something to you. If you have a positive emotion about something, put it on the list! It’s important to start small and build up as you go. For example, if you want to create a daily gratitude list, try starting with three basic items each day that you’re thankful for. After writing down those three items, if you have more items come up throughout the day, add them on!

When creating your gratitude list, don’t forget to include your friends and family. These are the people who know you best and love you most, who make your life rich and meaningful, how they enrich your life, whether they’re near or far, take time to think about how each person has made an impact on your life, from giving you a shoulder to cry on to offering advice when needed. Note that they deserve all the appreciation in the world. Let them know how much you care about them.

You might even want to write down some specific memories that make you thankful for their presence in your life. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your list – it can contain items big or small! Remember that gratitude is about recognizing what we already have rather than wanting what we don’t; when we start focusing on our blessings, the universe will start providing us with even more.

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Include Your health when writing a gratitude list

Good health is something we often take for granted until we don’t have it anymore. Be grateful for your strong body and mind, and take steps to care for them both. You could start by expressing gratitude for the ability to perform physical activities like running or playing sports. Appreciate how lucky you are to have access to healthcare and nutrition that keep you healthy and strong. Acknowledge the internal processes of your body that work without fail every day, from digestion to circulation.

Write down what you’re thankful for regarding any chronic conditions you may have; although they can be difficult at times, appreciate that they make you stronger and more aware of what really matters in life. No matter where your health journey has taken you, take time to recognize all the things that make it possible.  Gratefulness not only helps us stay mindful of our blessings, but it can also improve our physical and mental well-being.

Your Home

A comfortable place to call your own is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Express gratitude for the roof over your head and all the amenities you have access to in your dwelling.

Your house or apartment may not always feel like a dream home, but there’s still a lot to be grateful for. Be thankful for the structure itself, from its sturdy walls to its functional appliances. Give thanks for any renovations or upgrades made to make it more livable and enjoyable. And don’t forget about the neighborhood or city you live in – appreciate its unique culture, attractions, and opportunities that make it special.

Whether it’s a cozy apartment or a sprawling mansion, your home is your refuge from the world. Appreciate all the ways it makes your life comfortable and convenient.  Think about how lucky you are to have a place that’s yours, and use it as a reminder of all the things for which you can be thankful.

Take A Walk Around Your Home

I suggest you take a walk around “your space”. Take your phone and dictate what you see. Walk slowly from room to room and focus on each thing in the room. Take your time and really look. What is hanging on the wall? What books and other items are on the shelves? Why are they there? What meaning do they have? What memories come up when you think about each item? Who do you think of?

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I Am Thankful For My Cats

When I focus on everything in my home, I see so many things that I’m grateful for. I see the hybrid mattress that I worked hard to get because I needed it and the adjustable bed frame that I had to get after having 4 open-chest surgeries in less than 3 weeks, chest tubes and all – so I needed a place at home where I could recover comfortably, but still, be able to work online. I have a cat-loved recliner that makes me think of how grateful I am that they have a safe, happy home.

I see the beautiful artwork on the walls that brings me joy every time I look at it. I see my favorite pillow. More than anything, I see all the ways that my home is a reflection of who I am and what I love. In the present moment, I am appreciating the sound of silence, as my itty bitty kitty, Pika, takes a break from her incessant meowing because she refuses to go outside now that the pretty, white fluffy stuff has arrived.

I also hear a lot of happy memories when I focus on all the little things in my home. I hear laughter echoing in every room because even though life isn’t always perfect, my home is always filled with laughter and love. Today, when the snow came crashing off of the metal roof and sent both cats spinning out in opposite directions, I recalled how much my late husband absolutely LOVED the sound of rain on a tin roof. The memory leads me to consider how even though it’s not always sunny outside, my home is always warm and dry. I hear the sound of happiness because, to me, home is where happiness lives.

Education in a Gratitude List

As you are writing your gratitude list, take some time to think about your education, which many people can forget is what so many people on Earth only dream of ever having. Consider the specific things about your education that are important to you. It could be the level of education you have attained, the variety of subjects you have studied, or the opportunities you have had to learn new skills. Whatever it is, be sure to express your gratitude for all that education has brought into your life. And if you ever find yourself taking your education for granted, remember that there are people all over the world who would gladly trade places with you in a heartbeat. So appreciate everything that education has done for you and never take it for granted!

How to include your job when writing a gratitude list

Even if you don’t love every aspect of your job, there are probably aspects of it that you’re grateful for. Maybe you’re thankful for the stable income it provides, or the opportunity to use your skills and talents in a meaningful way. Whatever it is, focus on those things and be grateful for them.

Questions to consider: what things do I love about my job? Are there people that I am grateful to be working with? Am I learning essential skills? Who is mentoring me? Is there someone in particular that I look up to or want to be like? Will this job lead to a better opportunity in the future? Will it be a great addition to a resume? Do I get to help people in a way that is satisfying? What, specifically, is it about helping those people? Who do I help? Why do I help them? Where is my job location? Is it important, or do I  just love the region in which I live?

I’m grateful for the amazing opportunity I have to write for you wonderful people. I appreciate the fact that my job allows me to develop new skills and provides me with a feeling of accomplishment when I am able to help someone through what I write. I am grateful that I was published by the RTOR website in December 2022. The article is Nature Versus Nurture in Gender and Sexuality: One Mother’s Perspective. It makes me feel “real” and successful.

This website provides me with a platform to make an impact in my community, whether it’s by donating my time or by volunteering at different local charities. Finally, I’m thankful for all of the professional relationships that come from working in my industry. How about you?

Don’t Forget Your Hobbies and Interests!

Hobbies and interests are what make life fun and enjoyable. Be sure to include them on your list!

what are your hobbies

I am grateful for my hobbies and interests which contribute to a happy, balanced lifestyle. I’m thankful for the opportunity to practice photography, learn how to make a TikTok video, explore unfamiliar places with friends and family, try out different art forms, explore other ways to engage on social media and experiment with ways of living more sustainably. Additionally, I’m grateful for all the knowledge shared by people passionate about their crafts who help me understand new concepts better. My hobbies provide an outlet to express myself and build relationships that enrich my life in so many ways through sharing common interests. Whether it is uploading photos for new missions on SmugMug every month, or making new planners sell on Etsy, I appreciate having the means to cultivate meaningful experiences through my favorite pastimes.

Get more specific when learning how to write a gratitude list

When writing your gratitude list, try not to generalize too much. It is okay to jot down the basics in the beginning, but don’t stop there! There won’t be emotional attachment if you are simply writing their names down. You won’t get nearly as much out of it if you don’t get into the specifics of each instance: Instead of writing “I am thankful for my family” try something like “I am thankful for my mom who always listens and gives great advice” or “I am thankful for my brother who makes me laugh when I need it most”. Specificity will make your gratitude list more meaningful and give you a better appreciation of all that you have in life.

Write down why spending time together playing board games, taking a walk, or binge-watching a show with others is something that brings joy into your life. This will help create more meaningful moments when looking back at what made us feel so grateful during certain points in our lives! 

You could also try writing down things that challenge you but ultimately make you stronger—like learning a new skill or facing difficult conversations head-on. 

Make your gratitude list personal

It can be easy to get caught up in what other people are doing and forget about yourself—but it’s important not to forget about yourself when writing your gratitude list! Make sure to include at least one intangible thing on your list that has to do with yourself—for example, “I am grateful for my strength and resilience” or “I am grateful for my ability to stay positive even in difficult situations”. Remember that you are enough and that you have achieved great things in your life.

Be proud of the person you have become and celebrate all the wonderful qualities that make you unique. Acknowledge your strengths, appreciate your hard work and dedication, and be kind to yourself. Take time every day to thank yourself for all the amazing things that you do.

Focusing on yourself is an important part of writing a good gratitude list because it helps keep us grounded and reminds us of our own self-worth. 

Your gratitude list should be personal and reflective of who you are as an individual. Don’t just copy other people’s lists; create one based on what makes YOU happy!

always take care of yourself first

Remember you don’t have to do this all at once! I know I said to get comfortable, but I meant it in reference to being comfortable with yourself and what you bring to the table and what you have to offer to the rest of the world. Dig deep into all things YOU. Before you ask, NO that’s not being selfish. How can you expect to help others if you don’t know the nitty gritty about yourself? Knowing what makes you tick, how you react in certain situations, why you do the things to do and what you would like to improve helps those surrounding you. As as recovering addict, there is one adage that applies universally to everyone: you can’t help others until you help yourself. THIS IS SO TRUE.

Take Time To Reflect

It might seem like just another task on your to-do list but taking time out of your day to write down what you are grateful for is incredibly important. Take at least 10 minutes each day (or once a week) and reflect on what matters most in your life – this could be anything from relationships with friends and family members, opportunities that have been provided to you, or moments of joy throughout the day. You can also add items from even more additional categories such as career goals, places you go to be entertained; “time-out” activities; where you want to vacation someday, etc., in order to make your list even more comprehensive and meaningful.

Taking time out will help clear your head and refocus on the good things happening in life! 


Writing down a gratitude list is an excellent way to remind yourself of all the wonderful people and moments in life that bring happiness into our lives every day. Start small by jotting down little moments that make you happy then move on to bigger things like relationships with family members or opportunities provided by others. And don’t forget – take time out each day (or at least once a week) to sit down with yourself and reflect on what matters most in life! Doing so will bring clarity back into our lives so we can appreciate all we have been blessed with!

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