50 People Share What They’re Grateful to Do Every Day

At night, when you think about how you spent your day, how often do you focus on all the things you had to do?

I worked. I ran errands. I went to the gym. I made dinner.

And when you tell someone about this kind of day, how often do you do it with a less-than-enthused tone?

I suspect this is the norm for many of us, at least during the workweek.

Commitments, to work and family, can engulf our lives and seem like chores, not choices and chances.

I distinctly remember one day, years ago, when my day felt particularly packed, stopping to remind myself that I had chosen the schedule I was keeping.

I had chosen to get up early to write, to accept the job that supported me, to go to yoga in the evening, and to do laundry and other household tasks after that.

And I was fortunate to have had these choices to make.

These weren’t all things I had to do; these were things I got to do.

I got to devote time to my passion in the hours before my paid work, creating possibilities for my future.

I got to work a job that provided both pay and benefits, enabling me to take care of my needs, even if it wasn’t my dream career.

I got to stretch my healthy body and create mental stillness.

And I got to live in a comfortable apartment, filled with furniture and clothes I got to buy with money I got to earn.

And in between all these things I had consented to do were lots of other beautiful little things I got to do.

I got to wake up to sunlight coming through my window. I got to walk by interesting people, trees, and buildings on my way to work. I got to eat delicious food from various restaurants at lunch. And I got to use my hands when typing on my computer—hands I could have been born without, or could have lost to some type of injury or tragedy, but hadn’t.

I get to do a lot of things worth appreciating every day. We all do.

We all get to do things that challenge us, fulfill us, excite us, and energize us. We get to live, love, laugh, and explore in far too many ways too count.

Since I’ve long been inspired by this idea of focusing on what we get to do, I decided to include this as one of the prompts in my newly released gratitude journal.

I shared this prompt on Facebook this past Sunday to see how other people would respond. Over 1,500 people chimed in, creating a monumental list of blessings, many of which we all share but could easily take for granted.

Since I was inspired and touched by the list, I decided to share a selection of those responses here.

I Appreciate That Every Day I Get To…


1. Shelley White: Breathe. I received donor lungs nine years ago after my own lungs failed. I have Cystic Fibrosis. Just being able to wake every day knowing I can spend another day with my family is what makes me grateful to be alive. I appreciate life.

2. Kristi VanTassel McHugh: Wake up. I had open-heart surgery nearly two years ago, to replace a faulty aortic valve and repair an aortic aneurysm. When I was first diagnosed, I was told, “If it’s not fixed soon (the aneurysm) it will burst and you will die.” That was two days before Christmas, and I waited just over six months for my surgery. I am thankful to still be here, every day.

3. GusandMaggie Nosce: Be alive. I was born a congenital heart patient (blue baby) and was advised I would need a heart transplant by the time I was four years old. By the grace of God, I have never needed one, even though the open-heart surgery I received when I was days old is no longer in practice and is no longer advised to perform.

4.Manal Khatib: I appreciate that I can walk after a serious car accident eight months ago. Every day I had to relearn how to walk. This journey has made me appreciate my body and treat it with kindness.

5. Laina Amarantinis: Walk and stand. After three spine surgeries I am finally able to walk and stand more and more as the healing progresses. I am very thankful.

6. Mary Beth Hudson: Spend time with my family. I beat my battle with cancer; others in my family were not so lucky.

7. Linda Otto: Move my body. I can walk, run, lift, bend, etc., all with ease. This is not possible for many people. It can be taken away in an instant or gradually as we age. Your health, eyesight, hearing are never appreciated enough.

Friends and Family

 8. Anna Hunt: Spend time with my daughter. Soon she will be off to college and I won’t have her close. Hearing her laughter, knowing she’s in the next room, fills my heart with warmth. I appreciate that every day I get to see her.

9. Amy Albinger: Be with my family. Be with my parents, my husband, my sister, and niece. They are the reason I live today. They are my reason to get through each struggle. They are my definition of love.

10. Riddhi Solanki: I appreciate that I get calls from my parents and friends, as my current job isn’t in my hometown. They call me and talk to me so I don’t feel more alone.

11. Niquita LeValdo: I wake up to my child. He was born with a heart condition and needed surgery at two months old. The thought that he may not have been alive today gives me a new perspective and helps me appreciate every moment. Love your children, praise them, cherish them.

12. Lillivette Colón:‪ Keep my baby in my tummy one more day. Every day is victory.

‪13. Tezra Blake:‪ I appreciate every day I get to see and hear both my sons growing into awesome men, and that they aren’t ashamed to say I love you mom and check on me and ask how I am doing. Despite their age they still want my opinion on things.

‪14. Laurel Hausafus:‪ Have the memories of my sweetheart and husband in Heaven .

15. Cheryle Midgett: Spend another day with my ninety-four-year-old mom.

16. Anika Bruce:‪ Every day I get to hug my family. I love hugs, they’re life changing.

17. Nicole Werner-Sayre:‪ Stay at home to raise the tiny little human I created and help her grow up into a person I’ll be proud to add to the world.

18. Laurie Clemons: Give a hug and say I love you. We all need to hear it more.

19. Dawn Creason: I get to read and cuddle with the most precious little girl that I never thought I would have. I get to hear her giggle and I get to play with her.

20. Fiona James: Wake up happy and healthy with my wonderful family. Too many people don’t have that luxury.

Needs and Comforts

21. Elizabeth Sherriff: Have a roof over my head, fresh water, food, and a family around me.

22. Kathy Kellermann: Have a warm shower and a bed to climb into (especially in the middle of winter).

‪23. Jessica Grandelli‪: Eat food that nourishes and sustains my life. It is a privilege to live in a place with bountiful food.

24. Jacinta Harrington: Enjoy a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper.

25. Caroline Driver: Eat whatever I want and drink water straight out of the tap.

26. Marsha Frakes Waggoner: Walk outdoors in the grass with my dog and see trees.

27. Heather Demick: Drink in the world through my eyes.

28. Yvonne Hernandez: Have a place I call home.

29. Alice Louise Pocock: Listen with my ears, see with my eyes, and love with all my heart.

‪30. Xuandai Hoang‪: Sit in front of my candle and relax.

31. Enchari Rivadeneira: Dishes. It means I have food, a kitchen, a family to share with, and I did it. I made through another day, whatever happened. It’s a beautiful thing, dishes.

32. Chloe Cunningham Sarno: Finish all the housework all in the same day. Ah, clean house!!

33. Tammy Pillsbury: Lay my head down knowing I have a roof over my head, food to eat, a job that rewards me, a husband that loves me, friends and family whom I love, nature outside my door.

34. Michael Bell: Read. There is no aspect of life that I have derived more benefit and pleasure from, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

35. Danielle Yingling-Lowrey: Be with my babies, take care of my flowers, cook, drink coffee, be a friend, be a neighbor, be mama, be a daughter, be a wife, drive my car, take care of my house, giggle, laugh, read, smile at others…. so many things!

36. Nicola Wood: Wake up and just be me and appreciate how blessed I truly am!

37. Steve Kenney: Not feel the pain of starving, the pain of extreme thirst. Having a roof over my head, and AC. Having a few people who really care about me for me, not what I can do or give them. Not suffering from bad health. That’s it. Everything else is inconsequential.


38. Gena Pegg: I appreciate that every day I get another chance to do the right thing.

39. Bani San: I appreciate that every day I get to wake up in freedom and pursue whatever life I dream of.

40. Jayne Duncan Stites: I appreciate that every day I get to begin again anew!

41. Jim Zei: Have another opportunity to make things right—whatever right is.

42.Lechenda Crichton: Have one more chance to be better than I was yesterday.

43. Sherelle Myers: Use my body and working limbs for whatever I choose!

44. Angela Charlwood-Derbyshire:‪ Practice making better choices.

45. Linda May Knowles: To learn from the mistakes I made the day before.

46. Wizz Tomo: I appreciate that every day I get to learn new things.

47. Ashley Glenn: To be alive and experience whatever the new day presents.

48. Amy Brock: Breathe and do normal activities of daily living. There was a time that I couldn’t do such a great job of either.

‪49. Herb Daum‪: I appreciate that every day I get to make the world a kinder place.

50. Melissa Milligan: Be here. Not everyone made it through the night. Be grateful you’re still here.

I appreciate that every day I get to…

How would you finish this sentence?

You can read more about Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal (which includes 15 coloring pages) on Amazon here. If you already have a copy, I’d very much appreciate a short review! 

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Thanks for this nice post.

  • Claudia Kell

    Lori, I hate to use this forum to ask an unrelated question, but I pre-ordered and then received your Gratitude book – which I love – but can’t remember what and where I needed to send verification of pre-order to receive bonus materials.


  • No problem! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. All you need to do is forward your purchase confirmation email to =)

  • You’re most welcome!

  • Jaime L

    This is precisely what I needed to read right now, having just landed back at my desk after a busy lunch break running errands for my kids and feeling a little irritable about it. Thank you, Lori, for the gentle lesson in reshaping my thinking from “have to do” to “get to do.” This helps so much.

  • You’re most welcome, Jaime! Happy Friday. =)

  • Janine Jones

    Thank you, Lori, for your wonderful, inspiring, free Tiny Buddha site. What a gift it is to us all!

  • You’re most welcome. =)

  • Jaymarie

    I am new to this site. I want to say a great big THANK-YOU to Lori for this site and her book. I picked up the book by a whim because I have read Tiny Buddha in the past on line. The book, has identified everything I have been dealing with. So I am so grateful for the words, the time, and the wisdom that has been documented in “Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself.”

  • Monika

    I am a regular reader of this homely site..This helped me in a very bad patch of my life..Till that day it helped me to understand myself as well as the persons around me..Such a great site and the effort made by the blogger is clearly seen in the contents ….It feels like home to me..A loads of thanks to Lori and I can’t really put it into words how much this site helped me..

  • Welcome to the site – and you’re most welcome! I’m glad you’ve found it helpful. =)

  • You’re most welcome, Monica, and thanks for taking the time to write. It means the world to me to know the site feels like home for you. =)

  • Lori,

    You have an uncanny way of reminding all of us what is truly important in life.

    Thank you for this and all that you do.


  • Thank you, Joel, and you’re most welcome!

  • It’s easy to take what you have for granted.

  • Like focus, I think being grateful is a skill. In a world full of distractions it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important in our lives.

    While it’s easy to say things like “be more grateful,” & “remember what you’re grateful for,” in practice, it can be a bit more difficult. Thank you for sharing these, Lori! The examples help “being grateful” feel more attainable!

  • This is one of the inspirational posts…what you mentioned in this post, those all are very important in everyone’s life… Thanks for sharing nice info.

  • Indeed it is! Definitely puts things into perspective to see the simple things other people appreciate.

  • You’re most welcome. =)

  • So true, Kevin. You’re most welcome!

  • Tir

    I noticed when I was practicing a daily gratitude journal, I felt more satisfied and happy. When I stopped, I felt like I needed something more. My mood wasn’t as refined and mindful.

  • Tir

    I’ve been wondering which one to order while dealing with moving, so thank you. I was waiting for a sign and I think I found it as I’ve been feeling negative about my little body lately.

  • I’ve noticed the same thing. It really can make a huge difference!

  • Hardeep Singh

    Thank you for such a great post. Even though I am learning the skill to be grateful every single day, after reading this article I get more inspired to be grateful. I totally appreciate for your time to write this article.

    There were times in my life when nothing went good. One pain brought many with it. I was always in a hurry to achieve something new, was never satisfied with what I already had. Another day and another desire. I was running like CRAZY.

    Even though, having desire is not a bad thing, but first we have to make our self satisfied with what we have. Being Grateful is the key to that TRUE SATISFACTION IN LIFE.

    Every single day, I take 5 min to be grateful for all the things in my life. My grateful practice with my eyes closed and connect with my soul goes like this. I am grateful for being able to walk, do work with my hands, being able to hear, smell, see, talk, eat, being able to feel, and being able to think. Then, I went back to 5 years ago and picture a clear understanding on where I came from. How much I achieved. After that, I feel being grateful for all the people in my life: my parents, family, friends & work. At last, I pray for everyone even those who i do not get along with because there is something unconsciously happens to me that I forgive them.

    The key that work during this process is to be grateful from bottom of my heart. It is hard especially when you ask good for people who put you down. FORGIVENESS BRINGS PEACE.

    The Magic Moment:
    When I open my eyes, I feel like the time stopped and I have nothing to worry about on my plate. Then I work hard towards my progress to achieve what I want in life.

    Looking forward to read your other articles. Thank you again 🙂

  • I love your gratitude practice, Hardeep! Those are all such wonderful things to appreciate. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. =)

  • Shelley

    i really enjoyed this reminder about gratitude.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this post! =)