There Are Always Reasons to be Grateful

3 things to add to your gratitude list.
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Living with mental illness is tough. That’s true even on the best of days. Add in any trouble in the world, and you quickly become overwhelmed. Darkness in society on top of pain internally can be too much.

Besides bipolar 1 disorder, I also have the physical chronic illness, Familial Mediterranean Fever. I’m no stranger to the overwhelm that can consume your life.

Some times I get lost in the weeds and forget there are good things in the world. When I realize just how far off course I am, I make a conscious effort to change my thinking. Often that includes an exercise in gratitude.

If you’re not already keeping a gratitude list, now would be the time to start. Practicing gratitude is an important part of good mental health. It can also be one of the first things to disappear when things get tough.

I’ve had some thank you cards to write for some time now, so today I forced myself to sit down and write them. As I did, I remembered my many reasons to be grateful and lightened my internal load.

Here are three of those reasons.

Friends and Family

Whether we have many or few, all of us have friends and family. We may argue with them, get frustrated, and at times, even be hurt by them. But at the end of the day, we love them, and we know they love us.

If you’re keeping a gratitude list, this should probably go at the top. Write down the people who are there for you, the ones who come running when you call. List your family (natural of chosen) and your dearest friends.

I am blessed to still have my 81-year-old mom and to live close to her. I also have a close circle of friends who are quick to take care of each other. We may not be many, but we are huge in heart.

To think about: Who are you most grateful to have in your life? Put their names on your list.

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Health

It may seem like an oxymoron to talk about being grateful for health from a writer coping with multiple illnesses. Yet, no matter how awful things are, there are always reasons to be grateful.

One of my favorite books is Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (affiliate). In it, the author spends time with a former professor named Morrie. Morrie is coping with ALS, but continues to find reasons for positivity even as his life slowly slips away.

The lesson in the book that stuck with me most was how Morrie was grateful many days because he could still wipe his own behind. Yet, even when he could no longer do that, he continued to find reasons to appreciate what he had, such as the people caring for him.

If we can walk on our own legs, breathe with our own lungs, or sit up on our own, those are all reasons to be grateful.

Chronic illness takes up a lot of my life and limits my social activities, but I’m still grateful that I can do many things for myself, including continuing to work to pay my own bills. I’m thankful I have enough strength to care for my mom and keep her safe is this world that’s often scary.

To think about: What are a few of the things you can do for yourself that make you grateful? Add each item to your gratitude list.

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Possessions

Possessions do not equal happiness. There may be things that bring us joy, but those items are not happiness in themselves.

Yet, some possessions we hold are reasons to be grateful. If you have a home, a car, a bed to sleep in—each is a reason to be grateful. There are many in the world who do not have what we might consider necessities.

If you’re reading this post on an electronic device you own, that’s another reason to be thankful. Many individuals would consider that an unattainable luxury.

Even if all you have are the clothes you are wearing, you still have a reason to be express thanks.

I’m blessed to live in a comfortable home with a spacious yard. I have a comfortable recliner where I can spend the day reading or binge-watching television. Then there are the fluffy blankets (ad) to keep me warm without putting too much weight on me. I’m often most thankful for their cuddly embrace.

To think about: What possessions add joy to your life? Look around the area you’re in and write each item on your gratitude list.

Stay Grateful

Life is hard whether you are coping will illness or not. None of us are untouched by what’s happening around us.

Gratitude is a means to cope with your struggles—a tool in your mental health tool box. Remembering what you have to be thankful for will help you endure your trials.

I keep a written gratitude list and a gratitude jar. Having a physical list in my handwriting helps me hold on to the good on the days when gratitude is a struggle. I encourage you to try the same.

I wish I could write here that tomorrow would have no gray clouds. I wish I could say you will wake to a world without turmoil and pain. If only I had that power.

Instead, I want you to know that you can keep going. Recognizing your reasons to be grateful will help give you strength. So take a few minutes and start writing. Then use your list to help you stay focused on the good in your life.

Until next time, keep fighting.


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It's time to say thank you and experience happiness in a whole new way. 

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