Thanks-Giving: 11 Awesome Quotes on Gratitude

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  1. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  3. “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
  4. “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
  5. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
  6. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou
  7. “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.” – Buddha
  8. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle
  9. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  10. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ― W.T. Purkiser
  11. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

Have a favorite quote about gratitude or giving thanks? Share it in the comments!

Some further reading on gratitude…

Extending the Tradition of Giving Thanks: Recognizing the Health Benefits of Gratitude
A summary of research on the psychological, social and physical benefits of practicing gratitude

Gratitude: Your Health on Emotions
More on the mind-body impact of gratitude

Inclining the Mind Toward Gratitude
Seven tips for cultivating an “attitude of gratitude”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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