Gratitude

I am seriously under the weather, feeling too awful to write a blog. So instead, in honor of Thanksgiving, here are a lot of gratitude quotes.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.–John F. Kennedy

The day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words “thank you,” I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand capable of transforming everything.–Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

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

Everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.–G. K. Chesterton

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.–William Arthur Ward

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.–Clarence E. Hodges

For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.–Storm Jameson (Journey from the North, v.2)

Give thanks for all things. All things great and small, good, bad, for all things are for a purpose.–Ann Herbstreith

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.–Cicero

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.–Hosea Ballou

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.–Massieu

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.–Jacques Maritain (Reflectinons on America)

Gratitude is what opens the spiritual doors to all the blessings. Everything becomes clear, you see, you feel, you live.–Omraam M. Aivanhov

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

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.–Eric Hoffer

He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment of his debt.–Seneca

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.–Anonymous

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.–Brene Brown

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.–G. K. Chesterton

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.–Harold Kushner

Ingratitude is the soul’s enemy… Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace.—-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.–Donald Curtis

Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change our perspective of your day and your life.–Oprah Winfrey

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.–Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Of all the “attitudes” we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.–Zig Ziglar

One can never pay in gratitude; one can pay “in kind” somewhere else in life.–Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.–J. Robert Maskin

Part of growing up spiritually is learning to be grateful for all things, even our difficulties, disappointments, failures and humiliations.–Mike Aquilina (Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life)

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World Gratitude Day

Quoting from the official site of World Gratitude Day: “The official beginning of World Gratitude Day was in 1965 at the East-West Center in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving dinner honoring grantees hosted by Sri Chinmoy, a meditation guru.  As director of the United Nations Meditation Group, he suggested the idea as a globally unifying holiday. Each person pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in his or her own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters.”

In today’s world, it may seem at times like we have little to be thankful for. From natural disasters to political disasters to intolerance, poverty, war – you name it – the world can seem a dark and frightening place sometimes. Yet there is hardly ever a day when we can’t find something to be thankful for, even if it’s only life itself, food, shelter, health, or family.

Showing gratitude is helpful in so many ways. It makes the day so much more pleasant for the person giving gratitude and the person receiving it. It helps create positive mental health, and a better outlook on life. It helps create bonds between people. It also helps to keep us from taking things for granted.

Gratitude Habitat suggests these six ways to show gratitude today. I’m sure you can think of many more.

  1. Be courteous and kind. Do something nice for someone.
  2. Say thank you.
  3. Start a gratitude journal.
  4. Write thank you notes, either ones you have been putting off, or to someone who has helped you in the past.
  5. Give back
  6. Pay it forward, or have some have called it, do a random act of kindness.

I’m grateful for all who read these posts. So thank you!

Quotes on gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.–John F. Kennedy

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

Each moment a blessing of abundance, each breath a prayer of thanksgiving.–Michael Rawls

Everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.–G. K. Chesterton

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.–Clarence E. Hodges

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.—Cicero

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.—Massieu

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

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.–Brene Brown

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.–Harold Kushner

Ingratitude is the soul’s enemy… Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace.—-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.–John Greenleaf Whittier

One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.–J. Robert Maskin

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.–A. A. Milne

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.–Marcus Aurelius

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.–W. J. Cameron

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National Upsy Daisy Day

June 8 is National Upsy Daisy Day. Created in 2003 by Stephanie West Allen, this quirky holiday is set aside to encourage people to face the day positively and to get up “gloriously, gratefully and gleefully” each morning. Honestly, if I am going to be glorious or gleeful (not really awfully likely) it would be late at night, as I am more a night owl, than an early morning person. Grateful, I can manage, and perhaps that’s the best way to approach this holiday.

We each have so many things to be thankful for – a roof over our heads, food to eat, family and friends – the list could go on and on, and this is a good day to sit down and enumerate them. I am especially thankful for those of you who read this blog and take the time to write a comment.

Upsy Daisy is an exclamation used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted. The idea is to treat the day as a gift, to smile at people, and so lift them up. Focusing on our blessings rather than our problems, can make that happen automatically. So whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or more sardonic, like me, today is a day to do something to brighten someone’s day. Upsy Daisy!

Quotes about gratitude to help put us in the right frame of mind.

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

Each moment a blessing of abundance, each breath a prayer of thanksgiving.–Michael Rawls

Everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.–G. K. Chesterton

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.–Clarence E. Hodges

Gratitude is what opens the spiritual doors to all the blessings. Everything becomes clear, you see, you feel, you live.–Omraam M. Aivanhov

Gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return.–John Wanamaker

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.–Harold Kushner

It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.–Donald Curtis

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.–A. A. Milne

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.—Cicero

When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.–Jennifer Gayle

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