Gratitude is much more than being thankful. Thankfulness is an expression of happiness. Being thankful is telling someone you appreciate what they have done. Being thankful is being glad it didn’t rain on picnic day. Being thankful is happiness from a gift.
Gratitude is thankfulness taken to the next level. It is a heart-felt and intellectual acknowledgement of all that is good and maybe not so good in your life. It’s embracing uncertainty. To feel gratitude towards the bad things that have happened to us knowing that will lead you a new opportunity.
Here are 21 quotes that will inspire you to from simple thankfulness to heart-felt gratitude:
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
“It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”
“Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”
“If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.”
“Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.”
“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.”
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”
~William A. Ward
“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathbach
“Gratitude is the best attitude.”
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends… Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~William Arthur Ward
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
– Meister Eckhart
“Trade expectation for appreciation and your whole life changes.”
Look for things to appreciate and you will find them. They will fill your life and bring you joy. Gratitude is an instant day changer, sending you towards a more contented and fulfilled life. What more can we ask for?
Happy Thanksgiving! I am filled with gratitude to have all of you in my life. Many thanks!
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