1) Are you healthy? Many people are bed ridden or facing a difficult health challenge right now. You might take waking up and moving through your day for granted. After all, it is (until it isn’t) pretty routine. But look around or read a few stories online and you’ll realize that having your health is something to be thankful for not just one day a year, but every day of your life.
2) Are you living in a free country? We just wrapped up a contentious election and there remains a deep divide. Democracy may not always be pretty and some people might feel that their liberties are being threatened. But we are still free to practice our faith, protest, and move about without restriction. Remember that.
3) Do you have a job? Unemployment may be lower than it was a few years ago, but there are still a lot of people out there looking for work. And while you might not like everything about our job or your bosses, you do have a paycheck. It may not be as big as you’d like, but you are able to feed your family and pay the bills.
4) Do you have good friends? Friends are sometimes closer than family. They can be extremely loyal and help you have fun or overcome difficult circumstances. Count your friends as a blessings. You may not always see eye-to-eye, but there’s something to be said for the support that good friends can offer.
5) Do you have a smartphone? Remember when you had to use a payphone and information on-demand was non-existent? You may be too young to remember those days, but this piece of technology has been life changing. Whatever you need it, it’s at your fingertips. It may not rank up there with your health, but try living without it for a few hours.
We’re certain that you could place many more things on this list and we encourage you to do so. The hope is that you will add thankfulness to your daily routine; maybe around breakfast time or just before heading out to work in a free country while talking on your smartphone to your best friend about that great health report. from the doctor.