As the saying goes, there’s just so much to be grateful for! But how often do we take the time to reflect on these things? Spending even just a few moments acknowledging the ways that you have been blessed can transform your mood and outlook on life.

I like to create lists of the things that I am grateful for. Kind of like reminders that keep me in the right place. It helps to see it written down. Try it for yourself!

Erin’s Steps to Create a Gratitude List:

  1. Find a quiet space.
  2. Make sure you are comfortable in your body. Maybe you prefer to be seated upright at a table or lounging on the sofa.
  3. Before picking up your pen, just sit and think about the ways that your life is going well – Everything that is working for you.
  4. Next, identify (what) is helping you to do well in that area. Don’t worry if it takes you some time. This is a meaningful activity and meant to make you think.
  5. List the first thing that you are grateful for.
  6. Explain the reason why. This helps you to process what you just listed.
  7. Take a moment to read it back and reflect.
  8. List as many things as you can.
  9. If you choose to, place the list somewhere that you can reflect on it again. This could be a drawer, your car, or your desk. Running into this list unexpectedly could help you again on a tough day.

Here are a few things I am grateful for:

Simple Things  

Last night I prepared a delicious dinner. I was proud of myself. I enjoyed my meal and there was food left over. I will not have to worry about what to eat tomorrow – that’s a double blessing!

Knowing Love

I remember when I had difficulty identifying loving relationships in my life, back when struggled to find love and fulfillment within myself. I now realize there is love all around me. For this I am grateful.


A good friend of mine used to say: “Earn your peace – find your peace.” I am grateful to now understand what that means. I’m aware of the environments I need to be in to recharge. I know what puts me at ease. I have found peace in my spirit. I am made whole in God. I have peace.