Steps to Start your Gratitude List (And Mean It)

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving means a variety of different things to me- being thankful, prayer, joy, food..well mainly the food. One thing I love doing, and this might ring a similar bell to my New Years post about ending my blog, is that I love writing lists. Gratitude lists.


As cliche as you might think this is, I find it a great exercise to keep my heart and mind in check and it helps me take the time to sit back and really be thankful for what I have, and less on what I want. See, I have a tendency to crave things I don’t have and forget to appreciate the things I do- and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, right guys?


My first Gratitude List, I didn’t really know how or what to start with. I’m thankful for.. umm? Why is it so easy to think of all the things going wrong and forgetting the GREAT THINGS. Yea so I just started writing and voila I had my list. So here are some steps that you can use when writing your own Gratitude List and to make sure that it’s less of something you have to do, but more of something you want to do. Because really, the trick is, when you want to write this Gratitude List, it actually does increase your happiness level!

Step 1

The Little Things are the Big Things.

It’s the ‘smallest’ things that we take for granted the most. Like, I’m thankful I’m..well alive and healthy. I’m thankful for my home, my family. I’m thankful I have Reese’s pieces in my hand bag.. y’know, those things.

What you’ll find is that when you start small, the bigger things seem so much bigger and the smaller things, less small.


Step 2

Be creative

Who says you have to write your Gratitude List? Why not DRAW IT, or in my case, make a VIDEO? Whatever medium that best expresses your gratitude, well do just that! But no, I didn’t make a video- darn.

Step 3

Say it out LOUD

Well, don’t scream it. There’s something powerful about verbalizing what you write or what you think, it almost solidifies the thought. It’s also great to hear it out loud.



Step 4

Think not only about WHAT but also WHY you feel grateful

Often times, I find myself writing the Gratitude List but not really thinking about the WHY. Why am I thankful for fried chicken?

When you think about the whys, it makes it that much more meaningful to write the list


There you go! Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving guys! COMMENT below and let me know something you’re grateful for- I’m grateful for all of you!!!



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  • Ahhh! You look stunning babe. I need to start making my gratitude list too as Thanksgiving is coming up for us here in the States 🙂 It’s always good to start each day with a grateful heart! xo, sharon

    • Samantha Sito

      Ah yes! You definitely should!!! 🙂

  • I think it’s so important to sometimes take a step back and just appreciate what you have and what you’ve achieved. Hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving babe!


    • Samantha Sito

      Thank you so much for reading Helen!! Loving your video xx

  • Such a cute post Sam! With my family this year we all wrote down 50 things we are thankful for! It was so nice to share it with each other and I’m excited to look at in a few years 😛 hehe – Mitra xx

    • Samantha Sito

      Aww that sounds so nice!! Yes, the best part about writing it is also re-reading it haha.

  • Kelly Alex

    This was such a great post we need to start our list as well! Loved your outfit

    • Samantha Sito

      Thank you so much for reading- glad you enjoyed it!! And thank you! 🙂

  • Ariel Theresa

    This was so cute!! It’s a good exercise for sure and one o think everyone should practice. I love that you keep candy in your purse!!!

    • Samantha Sito

      Hahah, yes, they are the emergency candy for when I get hungry! Thanks for reading Ariel!

  • Love this post! It’s so important to pause sometimes and remember all the reasons we have to be grateful! Love your look too!

    • Samantha Sito

      Thanks so much for reading Kyla and I’m glad you liked it!! 🙂 xx

  • Linh Dao

    I love this post! I also love that you said “I LOVE FRIED CHICKEN” hahaha ME TOO!

    • Samantha Sito

      Hahahaha! How can you not love fried chicken?!!! Thanks for reading xx

  • Such a great post! It’s great to realize how blessed we are! Love your outfit, too!!

    xo Abby

    • Samantha Sito

      Definitely- easy to forget sometimes! Thanks so much Abby xx

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Such a good idea! It makes you feel so much better when you say out loud everything you’re grateful for instead of focusing on the negative.

    • Samantha Sito

      Glad you think so Marissa! Thank you for the comment and for reading!!! xx

  • Aiko Cunanan

    You are so cute babe! I used to do a gratitude list every morning but stopped. After reading this I will definitely start doing it again <3 Hope you are having an awesome week!


    • Samantha Sito

      really? wow that’s so great- I should probably do one every day haha

  • That’s a really great idea babe! I’m gonna do it too! Happy thanksgiving to you too!!

    • Samantha Sito

      Yay! So glad to hear that!!!

  • That coat is perfection!!!! Happy Thanksgiving babe and love your gratitude list idea!!

    Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe

  • I wrote a post on this lately too. I have a gratitude buddy, each day we message each other with three things we are grateful for. I have found that it keeps us both accountable.

    xx Jenelle

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