Compression Socks and 39 Other Random Things Kristen Is Grateful For

Each year, around Thanksgiving, we usually do a post on what we’re grateful for. This year, we’re turning it into a Question of the Week! And unlike past years where we’ve been grateful for the really BIG things in life (family, health, work, etc.), this go-round we’re showing you that an attitude of gratitude can be about the little silly things, too — and that it can last all month and year long!

40 things i'm grateful for

I’ve noticed something really cool happening on the Internet lately. I don’t know if it’s because Thanksgiving is coming, or because people have jumped on the #Gratitude30 bandwagon, or what, but I’m seeing a lot of kindness and thankfulness and togetherness out there. Like, a LOT. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

40 Random Things Kristen Is Grateful For

  1. People sharing what they’re grateful for on social media.
  2. Compression socks.
  3. Pumpkin beer.
  4. Pools that stay open all year.
  5. Glasses that I actually want to wear.
  6. Rest days.
  7. Purring cat on my lap (even if she did just chew through yet ANOTHER pair of earbuds).
  8. Wigs!
  9. Amazon Prime (so I can have new earbuds at my door in just a couple of days).
  10. Smoothies.
  11. Ice (and HyperIce!).
  12. Friends who not only meet me for, but actually suggest 6 a.m. workouts.
  13. FaceTime.
  14. Snuggly (if sometimes spastic) dogs.
  15. Biofreeze.
  16. No-slip ponytail holders.
  17. #NaNoWriMo.
  18. Greek yogurt (just like Erin!).
  19. Mountains to hike.
  20. BodyGlide.
  21. Nut butter. Any nut butter, really.
  22. WINE.
  23. Deep, deep belly breaths.
  24. Airport hugs.
  25. Bendy straws.
  26. Mercury finally getting its ass OUT of retrograde, ZOMG.
  27. Sparkles.
  28. Cool, sunny days.
  29. DZ Nuts (for ladies!).
  30. Dance music in unexpected places, like the grocery store.
  31. A husband who’s not embarrassed when I start dancing in the grocery store.
  32. Or, at least, not too embarrassed.
  33. This video. Still. And always.
  34. Super pretty trails.
  35. Running buddies (both human and canine).
  36. Inspiringly badass friends.
  37. Airline miles and hotel points (and you’ll learn why in an upcoming post).
  38. Humbling reminders to be kind.
  39. Supportive family.
  40. The beach and the calm it brings me.

How does your gratitude list compare? —Kristen

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  1. Tish says:

    Hallelujah to #26!!! Sheesh!

    Still working on Mark’s inability to stay by my side when I dance in the grocery store.

  2. Gaby says:

    I absolutely agree with practically every single one of these. Particularly #24 and #39!

    I’m hosting a Gratitude Blog Day Roundup with USC School of Social Work next week and I’d love to add this post. All you’d have to do is add the Gratitude badge to your post. Let me know if you’re interested. you can find the campaign here: http://bit.ly/1c6T7Dj

    Thanks for sharing this list of great reasons to be thankful!