If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want.
If you’re sitting at a computer reading these words, you probably have a lot to be grateful for.
But even though you have access to the world’s information at your fingertips, and more knowledge than all the kings and their wise men of history had at their disposal, it’s easy to take our lives for granted and focus on the things we don’t have.
As a group, we humans have a tendency to always want more. Often, we only realize what we had once it’s gone.
Learning to be thankful and regularly expressing gratitude is an important part of personal happiness. Being thankful gives us an appreciation for what we have. Even when you don’t feel like you have much to be thankful for, it can be humbling to realize that there is someone out there in this world of 6 billion people who would look at your life and trade places with you in a heartbeat.
Reading gratitude quotes can be one way to remind yourself that you have a lot to be thankful for. Another way is to keep a daily gratitude journal – everyday, write down 5 things you’re thankful for.
Some days, you’ll have a lot to be thankful for, and 5 entries won’t feel like nearly enough. Other days, coming up with 5 items may be a struggle – all you might be able to show appreciation for is the fact that you’re breathing, or the morning coffee you get to enjoy before you face a difficult day.
Nonetheless, forcing yourself to come up with 5 items and expressing daily gratitude for the positive things in your life will make you a happier person.
Here are some of the top “thank you” quotes we could find to remind us just how much we have to be thankful for.
Quotes On Gratitude
Gratitude means “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Countless writers, poets, philosophers, and even politicians, have weighed in on the importance of showing gratitude.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect sentiment for a thank-you card, or a reminder to show gratitude for the things you have come to take for granted, you’ll find the perfect quote here.
James E. Faust said that “a grateful heart is the beginning of greatness,” and I certainly believe that that is true. Showing how grateful we are for the guidance, support, and love of others is essential in cultivating healthy relationships and maintaining a positive outlook on the world.
Attitude of Gratitude
Developing an attitude of gratitude means more than saying a brief thank-you when someone does something nice for you. According to Psychology Today, “Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation: for all we’ve received, all that we have (however little it may be), and for all that has not befallen us.” It can change our perspective, diffuse feelings of self-pity and self-centeredness, impatience, intolerance, negative judgment, indignation, anger, or resentment. Gratitude can also increase feelings of well-being, and prompt mindfulness.
But we should also be grateful for the learning experiences and opportunities to grow that trials and difficult times have offered us. Ram Dass has been quoted as saying: “When I look back on the suffering in my life, this may sound really strange, but I see it now as a gift. I would have never asked for it for a second. I hated it while it was happening and I protested as loudly as I could, but suffering happened anyway. Now, in retrospect I see the way in which it deepened my being immeasurably.”
Though it can be hard to find positivity in a negative situation, adopting an attitude of gratitude – being thankful for all things – can make all the difference to your outlook, your health, and your relationships with others.
Many of us only really think about being thankful at Thanksgiving. But it shouldn’t have to be a holiday for us to realize that we have so many reasons to be thankful every day.
Saying “thank you” takes just a moment, but it can help someone feel appreciated, loved, and recognized for what they do. Say thanks with a random act of kindness – send a card containing all of the reasons you are grateful for someone’s friendship, pay a compliment, or buy a cup of coffee. Showing gratitude makes us feel good, too.
Appreciation is defined as “recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” So many of us appreciate the things we are fortunate enough to have, the people we meet, and the things we are able to do – but we don’t always show our gratitude for them.
These quotes are all about recognizing the positive things in life and the good people who surround us! Share your favorite and show your appreciation today.
Hopefully these quotes about being thankful have inspired you to look for ways to be grateful in your own life. If you have your own gratitude quotes to share that weren’t included in our list, please feel free to share them in the comments below. We’d be extremely grateful!