100 reasons to be happy!
This is an “antidote to complaints, worries, and those who are depressed.” It’s not a foolproof or perfect answer by any means, but it works at least to some extent on all of them. It is the art of being thankful and the exercise is simply to create a list of one hundred (100) things for which we are grateful.
My current gratitude list is as follows:
1. I have the most beautiful and beautiful wife in the world.
2. My three daughters are healthy and happy.
3. My children are growing and developing very well.
4. My parents are still alive and so are my brothers.
5. My in-laws and my wife’s family love me and I love them.
6. In general, I have a wonderful family.
7. The house I live in has modern facilities and keeps me protected from the weather.
8. My wife likes to spend time with me and I like to spend time with her.
9. I know Jesus Christ.
10. I am hopeful of having more children.
11. I am free to worship God in any way I want.
12. I can walk.
13. I can talk.
14. I can read and write.
15. I can think and have thoughts and time with myself.
16. My five senses still function well, unaided (currently).
17. I can see, not only through my eyes, but also through the eyes of my heart.
18. I live in relative luxury, in freedom and in a just society.
19. Almost every week I have two days off per week.
20. My employer is wonderful.
21. The job I have is challenging and varied, and I am valued for my work.
22. I have good managers and co-workers.
23. I attend a church where people love me and I can love them.
24. I have time to write.
25. I can drive a car … I have a car.
26. I have many great tools that help me live my life.
27. My personal library is a blessing; each book handpicked.
28. We don’t have one, but two computers in my family.
29. I have the inclination and the ability to plan my life in advance.
30. We have access to seemingly unlimited electricity, water, food and other resources.
31. I really don’t care about doing the dishes anymore; in fact, I love making them!
32. I love Proverbs, Psalms, Ephesians, and Ecclesiastes … in fact, I love the entire Bible.
33. I can speak sensibly and sensitively with my teenage daughters (most of the time).
34. One day becomes the next for me; Wednesdays are as important as Sundays.
35. I have been fortunate to have a second chance at tertiary education.
36. Business qualifications, knowledge and skills have always been helpful.
37. I see my parents at least every fortnight and I have a great relationship with them.
38. I have three beautiful nieces and two beautiful nephews.
39. I have a sense of humor (most of the time).
40. Even when things don’t go my way, I usually see the good things.
41. I have a wonderful view outside my office window of a serene operating harbor.
42. I live in the present; on the very cusp of time. I’m not dead yet.
43. The part of the earth that I live on is such a livable place in terms of climate (most of the time).
44. I have the ability and inclination to love people, living beings and my experiences.
45. I have a phone so I can talk to people who are far away.
46. I have pictures of my lovely family that I can look at; at home, at work, in my wallet.
47. I meet interesting people almost every day.
48. Living near the beach, there is nothing like the white noise of the waves.
49. Clean water is available to drink at this time.
50. There is a plant that I am responsible for and it has not died yet!
51. I have fish oil tablets and other vitamins to supplement my diet.
52. I have the power of self-control most of the time and the drive to improve.
53. I am a member of a gym.
54. The academic qualifications that I have and the studies that I have done have helped me to form my character to become the person I always wanted to be.
55. I can make a one-time contribution.
56. I have a positive image of myself and am grateful to have worked on it.
57. There is work I can do to keep myself stimulated.
58. I can feel pain; Most of the time, this is good for pain and is generally a healthy sign.
59. I have a watch, it looks good and suits my style, and I can tell the time.
60. I have more than three (and almost four) decades of memories of life; The good, the bad and the ugly.
61. Being in a more western place means that the sun sets on the horizon with the water in the foreground, that is very special!
62. There are plans that I am making and have made, there is hope.
63. I have met famous people and achievers and they have inspired me.
64. Coffee. I love it and I can have a good coffee every day if I want to.
65. I earn enough money to give something to the less fortunate.
66. Music. I really appreciate it. (And I think I have good taste, I can say that).
67. Enthusiasm and zeal for life and learning; I have it most of the time. I’m still excitable.
68. I have suffered a loss and survived it, it has actually made me a better person!
69. People honor me when they ask for my help.
70. Having turned forty … the best is yet to come.
71. I live in times of (relative) peace.
72. I have a passion for cricket and Australian football and I follow them ardently.
73. This age in which I live is dynamic; emotion abounds.
74. I love pizza, seafood, and ice cream, plus many other good foods.
75. I see miracles happen most days. Most people would call these things “normal.”
76. I can rest and take time to smell the flowers almost when I want to.
77. Words and their meanings move me. Language and communication are art.
78. Freedom of choice is something I appreciate and try not to take for granted.
79. I have overcome substance dependence, for example cigarettes.
80. The “creativity of thought” is a gift that I appreciate.
81. I can ride a modern train any day I want and see the sights.
82. There is a reliable public transportation system where I live; I feel blessed almost every time I use it.
83. The smile of a wife or daughter … what more can I say.
84. My ‘breath file’ is growing; people cheer me on almost every day.
85. Mentors who have invested their time and effort in me, I will be eternally grateful.
86. Reminds me of Maxwell Smart. I can watch TV because I have one.
87. Mathematics. Number sense makes sense to me.
88. I like the desire to continue growing throughout my life.
89. Wisdom. I see it in others and others sometimes see it in me. I love your truth.
90. The safety of my family so far; I try not to take it for granted.
91. I receive continuing education through courses, seminars, conferences and workshops.
92. Science. It amazes me. It has to be a smart design.
93. My heart is saddened by some things that I see, I am happy about that.
94. Health. My general health, although not perfect, pleases me.
95. Movies and dating: I can go out with my wife and I love watching movies with her.
96. The variety of shopping centers at my disposal is amazing.
97. I become “me” throughout my life. That is not bad.
98. I can wear whatever clothes I have; I can also dress myself.
99. One day you might be lucky enough to have grandchildren and perhaps great-grandchildren.
100. I could reach 100 years by the grace of God. “I’m not out” until now.
While not all of us can subscribe to every item on this particular list of mine, it illustrates the important point that each of us has specific and very detailed reasons to be extremely grateful. When maybe I can’t list certain items that I have, I’m sure I might have items that I couldn’t list.
There really is no limit to this list when we think about it.
Copyright (c) 2008, SJ Wickham.