13 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Reflect on What Makes You Thankful
Every year before we wrap up work, my family pauses to go around the table to give everyone the opportunity to express their gratitude for something in their life. We didn’t fully appreciate the impact of the ritual as children, but today, we use it as a reset to ground us before the holiday season pushes us to our breaking points. Our tradition is markedly American, but gratitude is universal.
Giving thanks affords you a warm feeling, and receiving it can be just as rewarding. We should use this summer to become better at showing appreciation for our friends and family year-round, not just when it is expected of us. To get you started, we have collected 13 moving quotes on gratitude from some of the world’s most brilliant minds about the concept and how it can change your life. Browse their wisdom below and you may find yourself getting into the holiday spirit a little early.
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”— Melody Beattie
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” — Elie Wiesel
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” — Eileen Caddy
“I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” — Will Arnett
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
“We learned about gratitude and humility—that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” — Michelle Obama
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” — Eckhart Tolle
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” — Mary Davis
“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” — Larissa Gomez
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher
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