To find real happiness within we need to learn to be grateful. It is wonderful what gratitude can do for you. Here is my list of 25 ways I stay happy, because of gratitude:
I am grateful for my health.
It is nice to wake up in the morning clearly knowing I can get out of bed and my legs carry me down stairs where that cup of coffee is waiting. My arms are able to pour that coffee and raise it to my mouth to drink.
I am grateful that the sun has come up.
In December, Alaska only average 4 hours of sunlight. Glad I don’t live there. I really don’t like the dark.
I am grateful that I can eat almost anything and not gain weight.
My hubby really gets upset with me on this one. He looks at food and puts on weight.
I am grateful for my 3 daughters.
Sometimes they can be a pain in the neck, but hey they can instantly make life exciting. You never know what may come up at any time. Besides if I need someone to take care of me in old age and hubby isn’t around anymore they will be.
I am grateful for my 6 grandchildren.
Even if they are all girls except for one. The little guy obviously is fun, since I never had any boys. Girls I know a lot about handling, after having raised 3 girls. It is absolutely wonderful to get down on the floor with them and act like a kid again.
I am grateful for my Hubby.
That would be Steve and he is a big asset to my life. ( sorry Steve I should have put you on the top of my list) He has allowed and helps me grow as a person. Sometimes he’s not the happiest person in the world, but I’m helping him with that. He definitely worries too much and life is too short for that stuff.
I am grateful for the brothers and sisters I have.
I was going to say had on that one, since we really don’t talk to one another. Growing up we had lots of fun, but things don’t always last forever. I had someone tell me once; “that when you grow up you will always love your sibling, but maybe not like them.” This can happen and it is ok!
I am grateful for my parents.
They weren’t perfect, but who is. At least they evidently taught me the right things; I’m not in jail or dead. To be honest the best thing they gave me is my faith. This has clearly put happiness in my life.
I am grateful for my common sense. Some people may not think I have it, but I don’t need their opinion anyway. Most of the time I’m the sharpest tool in the shed!
I am grateful for my house.
It is wonderful to know that I have a roof over my head these days. There have been some days in my life that I wondered if I could keep that roof over my head and my daughters. Beside I really like my house even when I have to clean it. Don’t like doing that, but it sure feels good after it is done.
I am grateful for this computer.
I remember the days computers certainly scared me. That is different now and I am having lots of fun. I love Micro Soft Word, always hated having to erase my typing mistakes.
I am grateful for the clothes on my back.
I remember when all I had to wear were the hand me downs from my sisters. Sometimes the elastic could be really worn out in some of the items, if you know what I mean. That got to be real tricky.
I am grateful for the furnace in my house.
I remember when I lived in a house that only had a stove in one room for heat. A person got really good at getting their clothes on in the morning FAST!
I am grateful for the washing machine and clothes dryer.
Those Laundromats really aren’t a fun place. Besides then you have to worry about all the quarters you needed. Guess the price on that has probably gone up since I had to use one.
I am grateful for my bathroom.
Those out houses aren’t the most fun. Especially in the middle of the night and it is winter. Digging a new hole to move them isn’t the most fun in the world either.
I am grateful for my vacuum cleaner.
Have you ever tried to sweep carpet before? No, I have never had to try that one, but I have had to vacuum on my hands and knees before, because the upright part didn’t work.
I am grateful for my car.
I’m real lucky on this one, because my hubby always makes sure his cars are in good working order. No more bailing wire and duck tap.
I am grateful for the grass in my yard and having a yard.
I grew up on a farm and we really didn’t have a yard. After I left home I still didn’t have a yard. Some people just don’t think that is important and maybe it isn’t, but it’s nice to have one.
I am grateful when we have rain.
Rain can be fun and thunder storms can be exciting. Don’t care for the tornados, but I’m grateful that I know what to do in one.
I am grateful for a good snow.
These can be limited, but a good snow storm is also exciting. When you have to go out and shovel it is a good time to get to know your neighbors. Snow blowers are good, but you don’t get the exercise with them.
I am grateful that my hubby comes home every night.
Some people have jobs where the husband travels or work at night. My one daughter’s husband is on the police force and works 3 months at a time at night and then 3 months during the day. It certainly is nice that mine works normal hours and is in town. One time he was gone for 6 months, home every other weekend. That was during 9/11.
I am grateful for the food we have in the house and money to go buy more when needed.
There have been times when food was almost optional. Have you ever tried to make tomato soup out of ketchup? Just joking.
I am grateful for the love in my life.
What can I say other then it is nice to be loved and know how to love! Some people never find love or have learned to love. I used to be married to one like that. Always remember to tell your family and friends that you love them. Hugs work too.
I am grateful for my country.
I live in a great country even though things seem like they are getting a little messed up these days. I wouldn’t take that one any further.
I am grateful for having the opportunity to write this post.
Having this website and blog is wonderful and the beautiful people I am meeting every day, from all over the world are great. It leaves me speechless.
I would make a longer list, but I’m getting excited about posting this, so I can find out what you are grateful for. Gratitude is the key to happiness. As you read my list you probably have picked up that there are times in my life that I didn’t have much. You know that is one thing that I am very grateful for, because when you do have to go without it makes you realize what is really important and what happiness is. It’s the people in your life.
Let me ask you this one question: Would you rather be sitting in a big beautiful house all by yourself or in a small little house with people you love and love you? Which one would you call a home?