Quotes About Thankfulness

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Quotes About Thankfulness – Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness is the proper, fitting or called-for response to benefits or beneficence from a benefactor. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, and continues to engage contemporary western philosophers today. The systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000, possibly because psychology has traditionally been focused more on understanding distress rather than understanding positive emotions. The study of gratitude within psychology has focused on the understanding of the short term experience of the emotion of gratitude (state gratitude), individual differences in how frequently people feel gratitude (trait gratitude), and the relationship between these two aspects.

According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall well-being, has begun to make an effort to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement. Although in the past gratitude has been neglected by psychology, in recent years much progress has been made in studying gratitude and its positive effects.

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Quotes About Thankfulness

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
― Oprah Winfrey

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman, The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..”
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”
― A.W. Tozer

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Rest and be thankful.”
― William Wordsworth

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
― Thomas Goodwin

“People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don’t deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

“Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!”
― Jeff Dixon

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
― H.A. Ironside

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”
― Todd Stocker

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”
― John Henry Jowett

“I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.”
― Habeeb Akande

“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”
― Elizabeth I

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.”
― Henry Clay

“Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world.  Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“Every once in a while God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“Rest and be thankful.”
― William Wadsworth

“Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“Do not say, ‘But it is hypocritical to thank God with my tongue when I don’t feel thankful in my heart.’ There is such a thing as hypocritical thanksgiving. Its aim is to conceal ingratitude and get the praise of men. That is not your aim. Your aim in loosing your tongue with words of gratitude is that God would be merciful and fill your words with the emotion of true gratitude. You are not seeking the praise of men; you are seeing the mercy of God. You are not hiding the hardness of ingratitude, but hoping for the in-breaking of the Spirit.

Thanksgiving with the Mouth Stirs Up Thankfulness in the Heart

Moreover, we should probably ask the despairing saint, ‘Do you know your heart so well that you are sure the words of thanks have no trace of gratitude in them?’ I, for one, distrust my own assessment of my motives. I doubt that I know my good ones well enough to see all the traces of contamination. And I doubt that I know my bad ones well enough to see the traces of grace. Therefore, it is not folly for a Christian to assume that there is a residue of gratitude in his heart when he speaks and sings of God’s goodness even though he feels little or nothing. To this should be added that experience shows that doing the right thing, in the way I have described, is often the way toward being in the right frame. Hence Baxter gives this wise counsel to the oppressed Christian:

‘Resolve to spend most of your time in thanksgiving and praising God. If you cannot do it with the joy that you should, yet do it as you can. You have not the power of your comforts; but have you no power of your tongues? Say not that you are unfit for thanks and praises unless you have a praising heart and were the children of God; for every man, good and bad, is bound to praise God, and to be thankful for all that he hath received, and to do it as well as he can, rather than leave it undone…. Doing it as you can is the way to be able to do it better. Thanksgiving stirreth up thankfulness in the heart.”
― John Piper, When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God–And Joy

“Gratitude is an overflow of the pleasure filling your soul.”
― Raheel Farooq

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

“We return to you, O earth, the things which you have given us willingly and most graciously; with our hearts, hands and minds, in the best way we know how.”
― Taj Mahal

“Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord, Who delivers us from sorrow and sin.”
― Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“To witness miracles unfold in your experience, count your blessings and be thankful. Perceived small blessings accumulate to be the most powerful.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

― A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

“This is for you,’ he (the Alchemist) said, holding one of the parts (of gold) out to the monk. ‘It’s for your generosity to the pilgrims.’
‘But this payment goes well beyond my generosity,’ the monk responded.
‘Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.”
― Amit Ray

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.”
― Hannah Whitall Smith

“It is only normal that people count losses with their minds, and ignore to count blessings with the graciousness of their hearts.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Ingratitude to God does not rely only on our refusal to give the verbal thanksgiving due to Him, but also recides in our inability to appreciate his gifts and potentials in us by leaving them untapped.”
“We all go through hard times in life. It’s a part of being alive and it’s the reality we all have to deal with. There are times we forget our value as a person because we are so blinded with these thoughts of loneliness, emptiness and ego. Somewhere along the road we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. But life itself isn’t always about darkness and sadness, Life is also filled with colors and that makes it beautiful. Along this path of darkness there’s always light waiting to be seen by our daunted hearts. Our heart is gifted to see this light. It may be hiding behind those circumstances that we encounter; in a stranger we just met at an unexpected place; a family who has been always there but you just ignored because of your imperfect relationship with them; it might be a long time friend you have or a friend you just met. Open your heart and you will see how blessed you are to have them all in your life. Sometimes they are the light that shines your path in some dark phases of life. Don’t lose hope”
― Chanda Kaushik

“Rachel? my dad prompts.
Do I have to…?”
His stern expression answers my question
Fine. I’m grateful that the Native Americans are finally getting revenge on the white man for destroying their culture, by building megacasinos.”
― Melissa Schorr, Goy Crazy

“Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it.”
― Ryan Lilly

“One may suffer the long-term in order to grow in appreciation for the small things. For in short-term suffering, one only notices the large.”
― Criss Jami, Healology

“When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

“The thanks of a weak one are but of little value,” he muttered, “but you have them, for truly, in this past week, little but scraps have come my way- and for all my body is small, yet is my appetite unseemly great.”
― Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire

“Everything that I hold will eventually be gone. Subsequently, the quality of my life will depend on whether I choose to appreciate those things ‘now’ or wait until ‘then.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

― Heidi Barr, Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside

“What we need, we have.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“In matters of love: When giving, be generous! When taking, be thankful!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“Until I realize that it’s all I gift, I can hold all of it and yet receive none of it.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Let us give thanks for our shadows
for they are there in the first place
because of the presence of light.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“I thank God for every experience.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“You should live in such a way that looking back at your past later on in the future, you will thank God for your life and for what He has done for you”
― Sunday Adelaja

“The cup is both half full and half empty; it has never been one or the other. Stop obsessing over a trivial point and be thankful you have something to drink.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“Thank you for the day and night,
for rainy spells and summer’s light.
Thank you for the skies of blue
and puffy clouds in grayish hue.
Thank you for the gigglefests
and midnight’s cloak to hasten rest.
Thank you for tomorrow new
and yesterday’s tomorrow too.
Thank you for “I’m glad we met”
and also for “we haven’t yet.”
Thank you for the peace of mind
a grateful soul doth always find.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“It is easy to say I am thankful for the sweet and beautiful things in life: flower gardens, ice cream cones, diamond rings, dances under moonlight, children’s laughter, birdsongs, and the like. The challenge is recognizing things of value in the dark, sour, uglier parts of life. But if you look hard enough, you will find that even tough times offer pearls worthy of gratitude.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“Find much to be grateful for in every day. Doing so will not only enrich your life, it will bless those around you in ways you may never know.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“What are you most thankful for?” she asked.
My reply came easily. “Being too blessed to have any hope of answering that question.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is intricately involved in our lives and for that alone, we should be thankful.”
― Robin Bertram, No Regrets: How Loving Deeply and Living Passionately Can Impact Your Legacy Forever

“Thank God, thank God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Be happy in the day – Today is enough – Each moment is all we need in the today given and not the tomorrow to come”
― John M Sheehan

“Some of the best things that have ever happened to us wouldn’t have happened to us, if it weren’t for some of the worst things that have ever happened to us.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Be savagely thankful, and continuously in awe of the power you possess. You are alive. Inside of an endless cosmos with the freedom that shines brightest in the dark.. Choices.

Your choices belong to you so intimately, that they will never leave you. They, unlike the changing nature of love, where the failing machinery of our bodies will never abandon you to time. Good or bad, they will stay always. An antique that shows the future who you were and what you stood for.

So know that what you choose to stand for, is what will inform you of what you’ve chosen to stand against, so stand. Let each foot crash land into what you believe, and plant them they’re firmly so they may take root in your convictions. And stand.”
― Shane L. Koyczan

“If I have never had, or worse yet, I have lost the conviction that life (despite all of the blows it wields and the savagery that it spawns) is nonetheless an incalculable privilege, I will have in that single loss forfeited the whole of my life and effectively wiped out any hope that I can or will do anything other than exist.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Gratitude turns disappointment into lessons learned, discoveries made, alternatives explored, and new plans set in motion.”
― Auliq-Ice

“The single greatest cause of happiness is gratitude.”
― Auliq-Ice

“To live, to truly live, one must consider each and every thing a blessing.”
“Happiness changes the way you see the world.”
― Auliq Ice

“I had, even in this miserable condition, been comforted with the knowledge of Himself, and the hope of His blessing: which was a felicity more than sufficiently equivalent to all the misery which I had suffered, or could suffer.”
― Daniel DEFOE (c.1660 – 1731), Robinson Crusoe

“It is very sad that most of us just aren’t grateful for what we have. If you’re reading this, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re not homeless. You’re not blind. You might be ill, but you’re still alive. And yet, we find it hard to be thankful. To see the gift each day brings us. It is from this lack of true gratitude that we become sad. We have told ourselves over and over that we aren’t happy. That our lives aren’t good. That we’re no good.”
― S.R. Crawford, From My Suffering: 25 Ways to Break the Chains of Anxiety, Depression & Stress

“She looked down at her bulging veins and she remembered the most important thing that she had forgotten – she was alive.”
― S.R. Crawford, From My Suffering: 25 Ways to Break the Chains of Anxiety, Depression & Stress

“Only having valued a thing, can you truly be thankful. You can not be sincerely thankful for what you have not valued.”

“Gratitude changes us.”
― Auliq Ice, The Secret of Greatness

“FACING LIFE’S TRIALS, CHALLENGES AND DIFFICULTIES, IS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH LIFE.”
― Auliq-Ice

“This life-enhancing, happiness-inducing miracle drug that does, in fact, ruthlessly kill its enemies—you’ve guessed it—is gratitude.”
― Auliq Ice

“Be open about your thoughts, ideas, and desires and you will be right with your decisions.”
― Auliq Ice

“Happiness is long-lasting, a condition of the soul, the foundation on which the circumstances of life are experienced, endured, or enjoyed.”

“Happiness is the condition of who we are and how we think and what we believe and how we live.”
― Auliq Ice

“Gratitude is a miracle of its own recognition. It brings out a sense of appreciation and sincerity of a being.”
― Auliq-Ice

“You want to become a better person?
Just give thanks.
Give thanks for all of it.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“For the grateful, there is no room for disappointment; Each moment offers life.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Those who are truly grateful are deeply moved by the privilege of living.”
“Expressing thankfulness energizes, enhances, and empowers.”
― Skip Prichard

“Lord, I’m thankful for every stumble because it was then that You lifted me; I’m thankful for every heartache that made me stronger than I knew I could be.”
― Lisa Mischelle Wood, Just Believe: A Collection of Christian Poetry

“It’s not about some principled debate as to whether I should focus on what I have, or on what I don’t have. Rather, it’s about being thankful that I have the privilege to enjoy the former, and the opportunity to contemplate the latter.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Positive thought + positive action = positive results.”
― Gloria Vester, From Raccoon Poop to Pansies: How To Use the Power of Positive Thought Waves to Change Your Life

“…she found herself blessing God for her creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for His inestimable Love; out loud; in a burst of acknowledgement.”
― Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April

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