As part my series on gratitude, I included 30 quotes on gratitude. But there are so many out there, so I’ve compiled 30 more.
30 More quotes on gratitude
“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
“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
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
“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
“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
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown
“Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” ~ Sanaya Roman
“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ~ Amit Ray
“I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” ~ Habeeb Akande
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” ~ John Ortberg
“If we want to keep the blessings of life coming to us, we must learn to be grateful for whatever is given.” ~ Harold Klemp
“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
“Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” ~ Jim Fargiano
“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.” ~ Lissa Rankin
“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” ~ Sanchita Pandey
“Embrace every new day with gratitude, hope and love.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
“Ask. Trust. Give thanks. Simple right?” ~ Dawn Gluskin
“Living in gratitude makes each day feel like a treasure.” ~ Akiroq Brost
“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
“Negativity is contagious, gratitude is the antidote.” ~ Connie C. Perez
“Give forgiveness, give gifts, give gratitude, give love, give time, give joy, give tears, give hugs, give an ear, give a speech….Simply give.” ~ Jodi Aman
“Gratitude is not in words, but in the heart, which expresses it.” ~ Luffina Lourduraj
“Grace, goodness, and gratitude are the heartbeat of a life well lived.” ~Will Craig
“I choose to walk with gratitude, not envy; with faith, not worry; with confidence, not fear; with kindness, not anger.” ~ Charles F. Glassman
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As part of my series on gratitude, I thought it would be useful to include some videos from TED.
TED talks on Gratitude
These are my 5 favourites:
Want to be happy? Be grateful by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Nature. Beauty. Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg
How a penny made me feel like a millionaire by Tania Luna
Remember to say thank you by Dr. Laura Trice
A story about knots and surgeons by Ed Gavagan
Before I die I want to… by Candy Chang
As I’ve said many times, practicing gratitude has helped me be happier in my life and get through some tough times. Practicing gratitude is really easy. Its just saying thank you. Thank you for the gifts you have received, in whatever packaging they came in, whether you need them or not, whether you deserved them or not, say thank you.
10 Simple gratitude practices
Begin a gratitude journal. This is so easy. You can use a simple notebook, or go all out and buy yourself a beautiful journal from Etsy or Amazon. Take a few minutes each day, either in the morning or last thing at night, to think about what you have been grateful for. You can choose 3, 5 10 or however many things you can think of, but get into the habit of taking the time to think about them and write them down. Also, try and think of different things. You may be grateful for your family and friends, but you’ve been given so many more gifts. Notice and celebrate them. If you’re artistic, then get a bullet journal instead, and decorate each day. Pinterest has loads of ideas. Just search “gratitude bullet journal” and take a look.
Think about what you say. I’ve noticed that when I speak I use words like, grateful, blessed, thankful, lucky, fortunate and gifts. So many things have come my way, so it’s only right to acknowledge them.
Say thank you. Whenever you receive something, whether it’s a card, present, hug, your cup of coffee or meal etc. Say thank you to the person who gave it to you. It’s good manners, but so many people don’t even acknowledge the giver any more, especially those providing a service.
Go one step further. Sometimes, you can go one step further than saying thank you. You can write a letter to the person, write a letter of praise to the person’s boss, give them a shout out on social media, write a good review and so on.
Write a thank you note. When we were growing up, and we were old enough, we always wrote a thank you letter for birthday and Christmas presents.
Look for the positive in a negative situation. Sometimes, when things are rough, it’s really hard to see the positive side of a negative situation. But there is usually something to be grateful for. When my dad was dying, I was grateful for the doctors and nurses who made him comfortable. I was grateful for the opportunity to be there holding his hand when the time came, and I was grateful for the time we shared in the last few years.
Donate what you don’t want. One of the things you realise when you practice gratitude is how much you have. Pay it forward, and donate some of the things you don’t need, that someone else would be grateful for. There are so many people in need these days who would appreciate what you no longer want.
Pay it forward. Make someone else’s day by paying it forward. Whether When someone does a good deed for you, then pay it forward, and do it for someone else. Whether its buying a cup of coffee, or helping someone else in the way you were helped, paying it forward spreads joy as well as gratitude.
Random acts of kindness. Instead of responding to someone else’s good deed, why not just do a good deed yourself. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
Practice forgiveness. Sometimes the lessons we learn are learnt the hard way, and they can be very painful. By forgiving the person who hurt you, you are not absolving the person from their guilt, but you are releasing yourself from the pain that you’re holding onto. Acknowledge the lesson and be grateful for it, but in a positive way. Sometimes the gifts we are sent come in unusual packages!
Sometimes the person you have to forgive is yourself, so this can be a very powerful way of helping you move forward. One way of doing this was suggested by Carolan Dickinson in her Udemy course: “(your/persons name) from my heart to yours, I forgive you for anything real or perceived you may or may not have done to hurt me, from this lifetime or any other.” Repeat three times.
There are lots more ways you can practice gratitude and if you’d like to read more, then check out this article from Lifehack. You may also want to read Roberts Emmon’s article. He’s a scientific expert on the effects of gratitude.
I started keeping a gratitude journal a while ago, and have found that it’s helped me stay positive during some difficult times. A gratitude journal is called different things by different people, but essentially it’s about counting your blessings and being thankful what what you have, at this moment in time.
In keeping my journal, I’ve noticed that even as I’m travelling in the car, I’m thinking about what I’m grateful for. Even when I travelled from one side of Ireland to the other, visiting both my husband and my father in the same day, I was grateful to be able to do so.
So, I’ve gone back into the app that I use and I’m going to share some of the things that I’ve been truly grateful for.
101 Things I’m grateful for
- I’m grateful for my husband, because he has infinite patience
- I’m grateful for my son, because he gives the best hugs
- I’m grateful that my Dad lives close by, so that I can see him everyday and make sure he’s safe
- I’m grateful for my dogs because they love me unconditionally
- I’m grateful to finish the ironing, because it was a big pile
- I am grateful the the Public Health Nurses are keeping an eye on my Dad, because it’s one less worry
- I’m grateful for the visibility challenge because it made me think about my business, what I do and why I do it
- I am grateful for the local theatre because they have a great range of shows to see
- I am grateful for the new dog groomer because she did a good job, is closer and cheaper
- I am grateful that the supermarket had tulips and daffodils because it brought some spring colour into the house
- I am grateful for my friends, because they act as cheerleaders
- I am grateful for the opportunity to see Angela Lansbury live because she was so inspiring and gracious
- I am grateful for Sandra Pilarzcyk for developing the visibility challenge because I finally did it
- I am grateful for Rebecca Allen’s yoga workshop because it reminded me that I can do this at home
- I am also grateful to Rebecca because she reminded me about painting
- I am grateful for the people who created TED talks because that shared knowledge is inspiring and uplifting
- I am grateful for Sarah McCandliss because she helps me focus on what I want to achieve and acts as a cheerleader as I develop
- I am grateful for World Book Day because my son got to dress up for school
- I am grateful for my dogs surgeon because her leg will get better
- I am grateful for the networking event being cancelled as I can go and watch Kung Fu Panda 3 with my son
- I am grateful that my dog is ok after her operation because I love her and my other dog missed her
- I am grateful for last nights dream because it means that I’m dreaming about being creative
- I am grateful for Mother’s Day because I got extra hugs from my son, and I remembered my daughter
- I am grateful for the anniversary Mass we held for my mum, because we got together as a family to remember her
- I am grateful that my aunt is unable to eat gluten, because it challenges us to find good food
- I am grateful that someone else cleaned my cooker because it looks good and I got to do something else
- I am grateful for the shark documentary because it showed me how truly passionate my son is about animal welfare
- I am grateful for putting 2lbs on in weight because it helps me learn how not to lose weight
- I am grateful for the support that I received on facebook today becuase it showed me that people care
- I am grateful that I know I can develop better habits because this is the road to success
- I am grateful for International Women’s Day because it raises the issues faced by women on a daily basis and let’s us applaud how far we’ve come
- I am grateful to go to the Irish Women in business event because I got to meet some amazing women who showed me what what possible
- I am grateful that I wasn’t abused as a child, because I don’y know if I could have survived
- I am grateful for Kinneden Organics because I can spend some 1:1 time with my son
- I am grateful for my husbands gadgets because they make him happy
- I am grateful for Amy Cuddy’s book because it made me realise that I have values and gifts to share with the world
- I am grateful for the time I had to develop the decluttering books course, because it’s important for me to complete this programme of work
- I am grateful for my car because it allows me to be independent
- I am grateful that I have developed the skills to build my own website because I’m proud of how it looks
- I am grateful that I told my aunt that she was wrong to tell me that I was neglecting my Dad, because I now realise that she was projecting her own feelings
- I am grateful for my ability to try new things because I worked out how I can develop the TED habit
- I am grateful for ED Masters, because his magic show was brilliant
- I am grateful for the slow cooker because it makes making healthy meals easier
- I am grateful for the shop close to my Dad because if he suddenly needs something we can drop in on the way back
- I am grateful for ready made meals because when I’m tired it takes less time to prepare
- I am grateful for the opportunity to see The Messiah at St Mel’s Cathedral because it showed me that I like choral music
- I am grateful for painkillers because my back was incredibly sore last night
- I am grateful for yoga because it’s a form of exercise that I enjoy
- I am grateful for my clients because I love coaching
- I am grateful for the slow cooker because I can prepare food in advance
- I am grateful for the school holidays because I get to spend some more time with my son
- I am grateful that my dog had her stitches out because she won’t need to wear her collar any more
- I am grateful for the gratitude app because it reminds me how lucky I am
- I am grateful for the ability to use WordPress because I was able to help a friend
- I am grateful for my friend because she will help me develop a podcast when I’m ready
- I’m grateful that my dad is in hospital because he will get the medical care he needs
- I am grateful for having so much that I need to declutter
- I ma grateful for the KonMari folding technique because my undies drawer looks great
- I am grateful for Lena’s Tea Rooms because their almond and pear scones are divine
- I am grateful for the deli bar in the petrol station because I was able to get my Dad something to eat on the go
- I am grateful for the doctors and nurses caring for my dad because he’s improving
- I am grateful for the opportunity to go on radio because it was outside my comfort zone and I did it anyway
- I am grateful for being able to spend time with my son because we visited dad in hospital then went to the cinema afterwards
- I am grateful that my Dad’s going to be ok, because I worry about him
- I am grateful for the Facebook group that showed me two websites for working with reporters because my goal for the year is to be more visible
- I am grateful for the dishwasher because it saves so much time
- I am grateful for my mobile phone because it means that I can keep in touch with my family
- I am grateful for the journey that I’m on because I’m learning what it means to live a life honouring your values
- I am grateful for rainbows because they cheered me up yesterday
- I am grateful for the realisation that I can be organised because it means that everything will have a place
- I am grateful for the vacuum cleaner because dust affects my asthma
- I am grateful for early mornings because I can chill and catch up
- I am grateful for moisturising cream because my skin was dry
- I am grateful for the progress I’m making tidying up because the house is starting to look good
- I am grateful that I value colour because I’m making choices that honour this value
- I am grateful for the central heating because when it’s cold outside, the house is lovely and warm
- I am grateful for April fools day because there were so many jokes around
- I am grateful for my bed, because it’s so comfortable
- I am grateful to be a member of the High Achievers Network because I have a range of people whose skills I can draw on
- I am grateful for the Public Health Nurses because they came and checked on dad after he left the hospital
- I am grateful for the out of hours doctor because she could see how ill dad was and called an ambulance
- I am grateful for the ambulance service because they got dad to hospital safely
- I am grateful for the MRI that found my husbands tumor because now it can be removed
- I am grateful for the surgeons skill because my husband will get better
- I am grateful that my Dad’s ok, because I can visit my husband without feeling guilty that I’m not visiting my dad
- I am grateful that I knew a cleaner because I don’t have time at the moment for cleaning
- I am grateful for positive affirmations because I should really be stressed out and I’m not
- I am grateful for the friend who helped me move things around in the house so that my Dad has his own room
- I am grateful for the view from my house because the sunsets can be stunning
- I am grateful for chocolate because some days you just need it
- I am grateful to be able to walk because I see my husband struggle and I no longer take it for granted
- I am grateful for the local rubbish dump because I can recycle some of my stuff
- I am grateful for my sons bike because he can ride and get some exercise
- I am grateful for my neighbours because when they saw an ambulance they didn’t stare, they asked what they could do to help
- I am grateful for a friend I could count on to collect my son from school when I was running late
- I am grateful that we live in a safe area because the news on tv can be quite scary
- I am grateful for the experienced that have taught me what is important to me
- I am grateful for the Quality Coaching Circle because I can develop as a coach
- I am grateful that I can read because both my son and my husband are dyslexic and struggle with this
- I am grateful that I can afford to pay for books because I love to read
- I am grateful for the journey that I’m on because only now can I truly appreciate it
I could go on, and still maintain a journal, but this gives you a flavour of what has been happening in my life.
What are you grateful for?
Take care for now
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