Why Everyone Needs To Practice Gratitude (+Top 15 Thankfulness Quotes)
Written by: Kat Gal
The internet is flooded with recipes of pumpkin pies, mashed potatoes, turkeys (and vegan tofurkeys), green beans and other goodies. But let’s not forget what this holiday really is about (besides food).
Thanksgiving is about giving THANKS. It is about gratitude, thankfulness and deep appreciation.
Gratitude doesn’t only bring us closer together, creating peace and harmony, but also has wonderful benefits on a personal level in our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
- Improves your psychological health
- Promote good sleep
- Creates better relationships with others, as well as with yourself
- Increases empathy
- Reduces aggression
- Improves your self-esteem
- Improves your physical health
Gratitude should not be a practice only for Thanksgiving, but also be a part of your daily routine.
When you wake up, take a moment to say gratitude for a new day and for being alive. Be thankful for your loved ones and for your wonderful experiences. At the end of the day, write down 3 new things you are grateful for. Tell people you love them and how grateful you are for them. Take a moment of silence several times a day to say gratitude for each experience and person that enters your life. If you haven’t been practicing gratitude daily, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start.
To inspire you and to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, I wanted to share with you my 15 favorite quotes about gratitude. Thank you for being you, I appreciate you.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart
“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”
― William Arthur Ward
“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou
“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”
― Roy T. Bennett
“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”
― Thornton Wilder
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
― Neal A. Maxwell
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
What are your favorite quotes on gratitude? Share them in the comments below. We would love to be inspired by you. And don’t forget: we are grateful for you – keep shining.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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