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76 Life Changing Quotes About Gratitude

Gratitude. Such a small word but such great significance. Some of us are ungrateful our whole lives. Finding faults, resenting, getting angry, getting overwhelmed and frustrated, and at the end hating life more and more as we grow until some of us get so depressed that we want to...... end it. Hopefully, most of us are not that unhappy with life but life overwhelms us all and we find ourselves fighting with resentment, anger, anxiety, and depression.
It is then a great surprise for many of us to find people who see beauty in every imperfection, who when they see someone or something flowering and reaching its full potential, they are happy for it, challenges and hurdles make them discover new qualities and strengths that they never thought they had, and at the end, they are grateful and happy for what life has offered them.
How to have this positive and fulfilling perspective on life? How to be happier with what we have? How to enjoy more success? 
The obvious answer seems to be to make more money, buy a bigger house, get a better life partner and do whatever else you wish and want. This is the idea of success for most people but sadly this ideal is not possible for everyone. And even if we have reached it what is the guarantee that life will be happier? 
There is none. We read often of people with lots of fame and success doing suicide and drug abuse. Why?
Nature has not made happiness so rare that only a few rich and successful people can enjoy it. Happiness is abundunt. It is with all of us and all around us. Only we need to see it and appreciate it. We need some gratitude. A more grateful heart can enjoy this life more and live a more fulfilling life. 
Here are some great quotes about gratitude. I hope you enjoy them and find more peace and happiness.  

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How to be grateful quotes

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“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.”
― Epicurus

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“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

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, On Wisdom and Virtues 

“It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“It makes no difference where you go, there you are. And it makes no difference what you have, there’s always more to want. Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Making the ungrateful grateful will bring tears to your eyes, tears of blood bleeding from the heart.”
― Ana Monnar

“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.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“Give your all to every experience, feel it breathe it appreciate it, nothing lasts forever, when it's gone you'll remember the feeling it once gave you and sometimes that's enough.”
― Nikki Rowe 

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“So are you willing to spend your numbered days to settle in a bad relationship? To spend time at a job that you never loved? To waste your days reminiscing the past, or to hold grudges for people who did you wrong? None of these things are worth sacrificing your life for. When you see life for the fragile gift it is, you would not want to spend even a second resenting or being frustrated.”
― Mridula Singh, Live More: Magic Begins with You

“If I continually focus on what I don’t have, my life will always be completely empty despite the fact that it’s completely full.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.”
― Richie Norton 

“Count your blessings as the more you are grateful for what you have the more there is to be grateful for.”
― Pravin Agarwal

“You will never have enough until you are grateful for what you have.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

“You are not blessed until you recognize that you are blessed.”
― Toyin Omofoye

“Life is full of blessings we take for granted. Yet so often we dwell on what we don't have. Appreciate what you already have and be grateful.”
― Napz Cherub Pellazo

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“The best revenge is to live well, so live well my warrior sisters, live well!”
― Tara Hopko, Let Me Get This Off My Chest

Here is a step by step guide on how to find gratitude in your life

More being grateful quotes


“Gratitude produces happiness because it focuses your thoughts on the positive. And when you are in a positive mental attitude, you bring more good things to your life to be grateful for”
― Caro Briones, The Extraterrestrial Girl

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
― Anthony Robbins

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.”
― Germany Kent

“Focus on an ocean of positives, not a puddle of negatives.”
― Kevin Ansbro

“Ungrateful people forget what they are not grateful for.”
― Ana Monnar, Express Yourself 101 Kaleidoscope Volume 3

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings JOY and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”
― Eileen Caddy, Opening Doors Within 

“Even when you don't see Him working, He's busy working on your behalf. Forever grateful for God's grace!”
― Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

“The lotus flower is born in a swamp. It grows up surrounded by filthy slough and yet manages to bloom into magnificence. But it does not fall prey to pride. Nor is it ashamed of the swamp. It lives out its life in its humble home while radiating beauty and being grateful.”
― Rajesh

“Miracles only for those who want to try and be grateful”
― Aditia Rinaldi

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue what you want.”
― Roy Bennett

“The more grateful we are, the more we practice this in our everyday lives, the more connected we become to the universe around us.”
― Stephen Richards

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”
― Mary Davis

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being”
― James E. Faust

“Abundance in life flows from grace and how grateful we are to our present surroundings on Earth.”
― Nozer Kanga

“Life is precious; good friends are not numerous,
but their actions are significant. Cherish them. Feel
grateful for them. Show them that you appreciate
them. And do all this as often as possible. Be grateful for the bad ones too, as they helped you see the good ones for who they were. I am grateful for any friend that has come into my life and proved to be in the bad category, because it helped me to recognize and appreciate the good ones.”
― Nico J. Genes, ADHD: Life is Beautiful

“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.”
― Seneca

“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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
― Melody Beattie

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”
― Thornton Wilder

“The world is 3 days: As for yesterday, it has vanished along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it.”
― Hasan Al-Basri

Appreciation: thank you quotes

“They say the glass is half full or half empty, well let me tell you I'm just glad there's a glass at all.”
― Claire Auricomous

“Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone's entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“A little "thank you" that you will say to someone for a "little favour" shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen "greater favours". Learn to say "thank you" and why not?”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“Whatever happens, I’m glad we met. You’ve made the past few days more bearable for me. Thank you.”
― Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel 

“Remember who was there for you when you needed help.”
― Mitta Xinindlu

“Those things you have but stupidly don’t appreciate
Are on someone else’s wish list …
Be grateful!”
― Samiha Totanji

“Look up at the sky and be grateful for being a tiny little fragment of a beautiful blue planet.”
― Nitya Prakash

“Let's be grateful to all those who came in before us. Grateful to all those men and women, young and old alike, who paved the path forward for us, brick by brick. To those men and women who marched across the bridge in Selma on that great day, those men and women who rallied behind the Gandhis and the Mandelas every single time they were needed, to those men and women who stood up for voting rights and civil rights and gay rights and equality and justice and a free world, those men and women who invented the future by inventing things that fundamentally changed the world from the electricity to vaccinations, from airplanes to birth control pills, from the printing press to the internet.”
― Sharad Vivek Sagar

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“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, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
― Voltaire

“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.”
― Brian Tracy

“There is power in having gratitude and giving thanks for what you have; it attracts more to you.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All

More quotes about being thankful

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The truth is – no matter how “self-made” you think you are, you are really made by many who have invested in your life.
Be known as a thankful and grateful person… and be known as the person that is investing in others to build them up, as well. It’s your way of paying back the debt that others have invested in you.”
― Josh Hatcher

“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

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
― Kahill Gibran, The Prophet

“Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure”
― Tacitus

A few tough times quotes

“Usually, that which could have been better could have been worse.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“You can
Lose a child
Or a parent,
The love of your life,
A good job,
A game,
A deal,
A bet,
An idea,
Your favorite thing,
Your best friend,
A moment,
An opportunity,
A chance,
Your keys,
Your mind,
Your health,
Your identity,
Your virginity,
Your religion,
Your shirt,
Your license,
ID or Passport,
Phone or phone number,
Your pride,
Or your house,
And feel like
You've lost everything,
And keep on losing.

Counting losses
And start counting your blessings.
Only then,
Will you discover that losses
Are easier to point out
And count
Than blessings,
And that blessings
Outnumber your losses
For they are truly

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

“It sounds weird to be grateful for things that don't turn out the way you want them to. But I realised that there were many blessings that I'm grateful for today which I wouldn't have had if I did not have to make a few u-turns and detours along the way.”
― Mizi Wahid

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“If tragedy never entered our lives, we wouldn't appreciate the magic.”
― Nikki Rowe

“A Lion that hunts for survival in the jungle does not envy the one being fed in a zoo”
― Suhaib Rumi

“Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective.Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.”
― Oprah Winfrey, What I Know for Sure

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


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