104 Things to be Thankful For In 2021

This Thanksgiving, as with every Thanksgiving, we like to take a long hard look at all the amazing things in our lives to be grateful for. And while it may be really hard for some to find something to be thankful for in 2021, we hope this list inspires you to appreciate the little things whether or not the larger picture looks bleak. Here is our take on things to be thankful for that you may or may not have thought about.

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1. Good health

This typical source of gratitude has taken on a whole new meaning in the wake of our new reality. If you’re healthy and if your friends and family are healthy, that is definitely something to be thankful for.

2. Good friends

Quality over quantity. We are so thankful for those friends that have kept us sane… Especially in the last year and a half-ish. 

[See: Birthday Surprise Ideas for Best Friends (even during quarantine)]

3. Peanut Butter

And Jelly. Yum.

4. Long weekends

Be thankful, maybe that’ll make them happen more often. 

5. Pets

We’re partial to the pups of the world, but we see you cat people too. If you have either one, you totally understand how pets are most definitely something to be thankful for.

6. Office-provided snacks

Um, what diet? Free food!!

7. Cookies

Chocolate chip. Sugar cookies (especially the ones with the little drawings on top). Oatmeal raisin (yes, we said it). And then there’s snickerdoodle. Mmmm. Go have a cookie and you’ll remember why these little treats are something we should all be more thankful for (especially at 3pm on a Friday).

8. And cupcakes

With a side of cookies.

9. Coloring books for adults

Apparently these things are great as stress relievers. Try it out next time life’s being a bit too extra and see if it’s something you can be thankful for. Here’s a whole list of 21 different types to choose from.

10. Making the subway just before the door closes

Because if you [just] missed the train your day has effectively started going down hill.  

11. Finding a seat on said subway train

That glorious unicorn.

12. Not setting an alarm on the weekend

Oh sweet sweet sleep! If there’s anything in this world to be thankful for, sleep should be at the top of the list… As it is here. There’s something particularly delicious about waking up without an alarm knowing your entire day is your own.

13. Hitting all the green lights all the way 

If you’re not taking the subway, you’re likely located somewhere outside of NYC and scoring consistent green lights is like the equivalent to making it onto the train AND finding your seat all at once. The traffic gods shone their green lights upon you. Be grateful.

14. Hot sauce

You put it on everything because you prefer your food to leave your mouth feeling like the inside of your mom’s thanksgiving oven. Hot hot hot. Next time you sprinkle the godly sauce on your breakfast, lunch, and dinner take a moment and give its existence (and perhaps the inventors) a little extra universal gratitude.

15. Having the exact change at the cashier

How budget savy do you feel when you’ve finally used up all of your pennies? Does anyone use cash anymore?

16. When someone opens the door for you when your hands are full 

Seriously. Thank you.

17. Sunny winter days

After what feels like weeks of gray clouds and painfully cold temperatures, that blazing sun feels like a miracle! Definitely something to be thankful for! At least until summer rolls around.

18. Puppies

Um. Because they’re pretty much the greatest.

19. Thank You notes

How much do you love opening those envelopes to find something other than a bill? We bet everyone else does too… Why not write someone you know a thank you note for being awesome (right now).

20. Don’t have a puppy? Puppy videos

Next best thing. But ultimately, puppies (yes, again).

21. Your favorite show(s)

Thanks to Netflix, you’ve got a pretty good rotation going between all 3.

22. Leslie Knope

You had a feeling it was coming after that last one. We just couldn’t not… Thank goodness for Leslie Knope.

23. The moment your food arrives at a restaurant

You literally couldn’t wait another second and there it was. Perfect.

24. A really comfy chair

Your bottom really appreciates it and you should too.

 25. Chocolate

Especially at 3pm on a weekday. Or any day any time.

26. Cozy scarves

The way they make you feel all cozy and safe and whatnot. So thankful for cozy scarves.

27. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.

While you watch your 1000000th Gilmore Girls episode.

 28. Gum

You know that moment when you really need some minty freshness. That’s the one.

29. Comfy clothes

See: Yoga Pants. What did we do before these were a thing?

30. An awesome roommate

Netflix and dinner mate for life. Or until you move out. You don’t know how much gratitude an awesome roommate deserves until they’re gone.

31. An amazing boss

If you’re lucky to be thankful for this, maybe be thankful for it twice.

32.  Being single

Because it is all that it’s cracked up to be and you [love] it. 

33. Surprise parties

Your friends must [really] like you. If someone has thrown you an epic surprise party, that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

34. A great pair of jeans

Because your butt never looked so good.

35. Friday nights

That feeling that you have two whole days of freedom.

36. Sunday Mornings

Because Sunday brunch is everything. You’ve never loved anything more than you love mimosas on a Sunday. Tell us we’re wrong.

37. Your parents

Because you literally wouldn’t be here without them. If you haven’t told expressed your gratitude to your parents in a while… Don’t walk, run!

38. Wine

Can you even imagine a world with no wine?! 

39. Netflix

Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s is your choice of a lifestyle. And you’re not sorry.

40. Nutella

On everything. Always and forever.

41. Parks

You didn’t actually know how much you wanted to be outdoors until you got there. But when you did, it was awesome. 

42. The feeling you get after a long run (or great workout)

So. Many. Endorphins.

43. The first signs of a new season

That moment you realize pumpkin spice lattes are about to take over your life. And wallet.

44. Comfort food

When you consider Ben and Jerry as your BFFLs you should definitely be adding them to your ‘to be thankful for’ list.

45. Fun family traditions

They’re what make your family, yours. 

46. Snow days

Like the ones that make you stay home, next to a fire (or the radiator) to stay cozy.

47. Smell of hot toddies

Because you know something wonderful is about to happen. 

48. A good night’s rest

Assuming this isn’t a myth. If you grab one of these bad boys, be thankful!!

49. A perfectly ripe avocado

Why is this so hard to come by!? WHY?

50.  A hot shower

Especially after a long day trudging through snowy streets.

51. Old school jams that bring you back

Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls… 

52. A really good book

That you’ll never get sick of. 

53. Bubble wrap

Should it feel this good to pop a bubble?

54. Handwritten snail mail

A full email inbox makes this that much more special.

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55. A night in

With a bottle of wine and stove popped popcorn. #winning

56. Opportunity to get an education

Much of the rest of the world isn’t quite so lucky.

57. Good hair days 

And the awesome Instagram pics they produce. Those likes didn’t come easy.

58. Dishwashers

If you live in a pre-war apartment you’ll probably this with being thankful for crown molding!

59. Alone time

Sometimes you just gotta recharge.

60. The local Farmer’s Market

Fresh veggies straight from the farm is quite a gem.

61. Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin everything actually.

62. Sweater weather

Because it’s perfect.

63. Pillows

They’re so darn fluffy!

64. Pillow fights

If you’ve ever had the privilege to participate in a pillow fight consider yourself grateful. So. Much. Fun.

65. Google

You have access to all the information all the time. But mostly thankful for ALL the puppy videos.

66. Pints of Ice cream

Cookie dough… chocolate chip… what we were we talking about?

67. Having money

Even if it’s just a small handful of pennies. It’s something. 

68. Chocolate

Can you imagine your day without it? (Yup, we had it twice. Nope not sorry)

69. Food delivery

For those nights you literally just can’t. (or every night) Make sure to tip your deliver-er with all that gratitude!

70. Cocktails

All the cocktails.

71. Sweatpants

Are there any other types of pants?

72. Cheese.

You really don’t [need] much else in life. 

73. Baby giggles

Anything that makes you giggle as much as baby giggles deserves to be on your list of things to be thankful for! 

74. Having a partner

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have someone by your side. Find some gratitude for them.

75. Fall colors

Unless you live in Florida.

76. S’mores

Pretty much the best part of a bonfire.

77. Campfires!

See: S’mores.

78.  Bear hugs

So. Cozy. Also, just so we’re clear, we don’t mean hugs from a real bear.

79. Holiday sales

75% off everything? THANK YOU!

80. Pay day

See: Holiday Sales.

81. Your favorite blog

Has all the tutorials your heart could ever desire.

82. Sharing a smile with a stranger

This is when your faith in humanity is restored.

83. Electricity

It’s probably a good thing we weren’t born like hundreds of years ago.

84. Clean sheets

So. Silky.

85. Having a home 

Any home.

86. FaceTime

Getting to see your family from thousands of miles away. Not something to take for granted.

87. Sunsets

On a beach preferably. 

88. An upcoming meal

One you know is going to be ah-mazing.

89. Emojis

Because how else are you supposed to express yourself!?

90. Your co-workers

Especially those that make your day-to-day work so much more enjoyable. 

91. Warm socks

Especially during a blizzard.

92. The sound of fresh snow crunching beneath your feet

Speaking on snow… Why is this so satisfying?

93. Rainbows

Especially after a torrential downpour.

94. Seat warmers

Game changers.

 95. Impromptu dance parties

Pretty much the equivalent of eating ice cream.

96. Happy Hour

Refer to the name… [Happy] hour.

97. That one (or two or three..) teacher.

Seriously, he/she probably changed your life for the best. For sure, that’s one thing to be thankful for.

98. #tbt

A chance to re-live the glory days? Yes please.

99. The barista that knows your order before you even ask

There’ll only be a few people in your life this attentive. Be grateful.

100. Thanksgiving leftovers

The best part of Thanksgiving, right? Turkey sandwich anyone?

101. Finding money in your pocket

It’s kind of like winning the lottery.

102. Portable cell phone chargers

When you really need one, you’re really grateful. 

103. Free shipping

That means you can buy all the extra accessories, right?

104. Life long friends

What in the world would you do without them?