Gratitude is one of the most powerful happiness producers. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel consumed by hatred, anger and despair. We strive to be better versions of ourselves, forgetting to appreciate the things we already own. If you don’t like your life and hate people around you, your ungrateful lifestyle may lead you to nowhere. You can be genuinely happy only when you feel gratitude in your heart and allow it to flow to every part of your body. If you have no things to say thank you for today, hopefully these gratitude quotes will touch your soul, inspire you and bring a smile to your heart.
1. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…”
Melody Beattie rightly said, “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.”
When you appreciate what you have, your life seems to be rich and successful. Money will never buy happiness, but still people strive to have more regardless of anything. They lose friends, family members, kind hearts and souls because of money. Grateful heart can turn anything bad into good. You don’t strive for more, you turn what you have into what you need.
2. “Develop an attitude of 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.”
These Brian Tracy’s words hit home. The power of thankfulness is potent. It works wonders and heals souls. Be thankful for your mistakes because they help you become wiser. Be thankful for your success today because you may lose it tomorrow. Life is unpredictable but gratitude makes the worst times easier.
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3. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers…”
Carl Jung profoundly said, “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
Treat every person you meet in your life like a teacher. Even a random stranger can teach you valuable things you have never noticed. Be thankful to others for everything they do for you – be it an enemy or a friend. My enemies have taught me plenty of useful lessons, which is why I’m always grateful for meeting these people in my life’s path.
4. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take…”
These Gilbert K. Chesterton’s words reflect the reality of life. We take too many things for granted: family, relationships, friendships, health, jobs, money, lifestyles, nature and overall life. We forget to say “thank you,” and even worse, we don’t want to express our gratitude. There are many rude, impolite and toxic people who believe everyone owes them. They are not afraid of God and they don’t care what others think or say. Today, stop taking things for granted. Life is very short to ignore its beauty.
5. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned…”
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
Your constant search for happiness can actually make you unhappy. You wake up every morning, plan your day around what could make you happy but end up feeling miserable or lost in the evening. You believe that certain things will make you happy so you strive to reach them. Stop putting a lot of effort into being totally happy. One of the best things you could do for yourself is not trying to find happiness at all. You are truly happy when gratitude lives in your heart.
6. “Often people ask how I manage to be happy…”
“Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” – Nick Vujicic
I often meet wealthy people who can afford to buy anything they wish, but they don’t look and feel happy. I also meet homeless and disabled people whose eyes shine from happiness. We all have a choice whether to be happy or unhappy. No matter who you are and what you have, you can be happy because you are thankful for your life.
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7. “The simple act of saying ‘thank you’ is a demonstration…”
Telling someone ‘thank you,’ that’s one thing; but when you show them you are grateful for what they did for you, that’s a whole other thing. On this matter, I love this wonderful quote by Simon Mainwaring, “The simple act of saying ‘thank you’ is a demonstration of gratitude in response to an experience that was meaningful to a customer or citizen.” Don’t just talk the talk but also walk the walk.
I just mentioned a few gratitude quotes in this little article. I believe in the power of thankfulness. It can make the world a better place to live in and make us truly happy. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to express your gratitude and change your habits. Happy Thanksgiving Day! I wish you and all people you love an abundance of reasons to be grateful for this year.