Real gratitude isn’t what you feel when you’re writing an obligatory thank-you note like your grandmother taught you.

True gratitude and thankfulness is a mindset that comes from being aware of the world and your place in it, and realizing how amazing it is to be alive.

No matter how tough things seem, there’s always something to be thankful for—even if that’s just breathing.

Science has shown that gratitude can improve our lives in all kinds of ways. But if you still need a little nudge to start making gratitude a part of your mindfulness practice and, heck, just a thing you do in the course of your day, read on for some inspiring quotes about being thankful.

When I started counting my blessings, that’s when my whole life turned around.
Willie Nelson

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

Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Margaret Cousins

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
Zig Ziglar

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

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
William James

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.
Alphonse Karr

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

The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and thanks.
Charles Schwab

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

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Epictetus

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

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

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

Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.
Robert Braathe

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

In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.
Rasheed Ogunlaru

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
Neal A. Maxwell

But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.
Rumi

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

Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.
Jim Rohn

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
Henri Frederic Amiel

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Robert Brault

Forget yesterday–it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow–you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift–today.
Steve Maraboli

Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
Alice Walker

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
—the Dalai Lama

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.
Frank A. Clark

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

 

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