Skip to Content

13 Amazing Things Most People Take For Granted

Celebrate the present and embrace gratitude with this list of things we take for granted.

Gratitude is a gift that helps us to celebrate the present. However, when you are in a good place in life, it’s not that easy to appreciate what you have. It is not until we lose things or people that we realize how precious “normal things” are.

2020 is off to a rough start. Most of us, myself included, have been away from the gym, from school and from our social life for months. While I can’t wait for things to get back to normal, I am also grateful to be alive and well.

So I make a list of things we take for granted to remind myself how lucky I am. I hope that this post will inspire you to make your own list. With a little gratitude practice, you can turn a bad day around, or even change your life. 

Read also: 34 Gratitude quotes to see the good in life

it is gratitude that makes us joyful -David Steindl-Rast  - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

13 things we take for granted

A place to live in

Just because a roof over our head is basic doesn’t mean we are entitled. If you think about the homeless, you’ll realize how lucky we are. We don’t have to worry about where to sleep tonight. We have access to clean water and warm baths. For many, these are luxuries. 

A healthy body

I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet - Confucius  - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Being alive is something that worths celebrating. If you can walk, jump, and exercise, it’s truly a blessing. 

I broke my ankle when I was in high school and couldn’t walk for three months. It was the longest summer vacation of my life. But it made me realize that health is not certain, and it’s a blessing to have:

  • A beating heart
  • A clear vision
  • A breathing lung
  • A thinking brain
  • A mouth to speak our mind

So treat yourself better. Take care of your body. It has been working nonstop, and it deserves your love and attention.

Education

Education enables us to learn and grow. Can you imagine not being able to read or write these days? But 123 million people aging from 15 to 24 years old couldn’t do the same. Not everyone is lucky enough to get educated. Given another chance, I would never skip a class again.

Family

A place is only as good as the people in it.

A place is only as good as the people in it. - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

One thing I learned in 2020 is that we can lose someone we love anytime. And we should let them know we care when we still have them around. Spend quality time together, engage in meaningful conversations and be vulnerable, you can find ways to strengthen your bonds with your family and friends. And they will be your strongest support network.

A job

I am so grateful that I can still earn a living and support my family while many have lost their jobs. I love what I do but this crisis just makes me cherish my work more.

Yes, sometimes it’s boring and sometimes it’s hard. But the only way to do great things is to love the things you do. Your 9 to 5 can be exactly what you need to turn your dreams into reality.

Do what you can with what you have where you are - Theodore Roosevelt - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Read also: 53 work quotes to slay your goals

Electricity and technology

Modern technologies make things happen. Without a phone, a fridge, or the Internet, our lives would be completely different. Just imagine writing letters to a friend instead of texting.

And here are somethings I take for granted until I picture myself without them:

  • A phone
  • Air conditioner to keep you cool
  • A heater to keep you warm
  • The Internet to access all the information at your fingertips
  • Lights that make nighttime routine possible
  • ……
The little things were the big things. - Robert Brault - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Clean water

Water keeps us alive. And having access to clean tap water is something a lot of people dream of. 

The sun

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.  - Laura Ingalls Wilder - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

If you have been staying indoors lately, you must have missed those days when you could walk in the open air with the sun shining on your skin. I miss that too. 

If I stay home all day, I will spend my afternoon sitting on the balcony for an indoor sunbath. The sun always helps me to stay sane.

Read also: 73 Fun things to do alone at home

Friendship

The best time of your life will be the nameless moments you spent smiling with someone who matters to you. - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Friends are our chosen families. Real friends support each other through the highs and lows. So don’t forget to check up on your friends and let them know you care.

Hugs

Sometimes we just need a hug. No words. No advice. Just a hug. - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Hugging is a great stress-reliever. A warm and loving hug will make you forget what everything is happening around you. If you have someone that can wrap you all-envelop, that is something to be grateful for.

Time 

Time is all we have and don’t.
– Atticus

Time is all we have and don’t.  - Atticus - Things that we should stop taking for granted and start to be grateful for

Time is the fundamental asset we have to create anything. But it’s also non-renewable and can be taken away from us anytime. We can’t change the past or predict the future, and that’s why we should live in the moment and make every second count.

Food

Have you ever walked into a supermarket and be amazed by how accessible food is today? We get to choose the food, the brands, the favor and so much more. But that’s not the case for the generation of our grandparents and even many others in the world today. 

What are the things you take for granted?

Make your list of things to be grateful for or people you can’t live without. I hope this lift can shift your focus to see the good and invite positive vibes to your life.