From an early age our parents taught us to say thank you. It is just part of being a kind human being. These days gratitude has been getting a lot of attention, ever since Oprah encouraged everyone to grab a pen and start a gratitude journal.
The truth is gratitude is not a new age phenomenon. For thousands of years people have recognized gratitude as a crucial virtue. Now we have research to back up the benefits and impact of gratitude practice in our lives. Here are some quotes that beautifully illustrate why you want to make gratitude practice a regular part of your day.
Gratitude embraces the little things
When we are always looking forward to the big events or planning for the next accomplishment, we miss the joyful moments that make life a beautiful and wondrous experience. When gratitude is focused on the simple things, it helps us stay connected to the big picture.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault
Gratitude can change your life
Studies show that gratitude practice can help you feel happier and healthier. Daily gratitude activities are associated with feeling more positive, sleeping better, managing stress more effectively and building stronger relationships.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson
Gratitude encourages deep appreciation
When we feel that we are owed things from others, we might believe that it’s not a reason to feel thankful. Entitlement can sound like “I worked hard for this” or “It’s their job”. All those things might be true, and you can still appreciate the circumstances that have brought you to this place. Gratitude helps us move from “I deserve this” to “How fortunate I am”.
What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. – Brené Brown
Gratitude offers a new beginning
Each day is a new beginning. No matter what happened yesterday, we have the choice to begin each day with an optimistic outlook. Today begins anew and as we give thanks for a fresh start, anything is possible.
This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. – Maya Angelou
Gratitude reminds us of things we take for granted
We often don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone. We look longingly at what we don’t have instead of paying attention to what is already present in our lives. Gratitude practice encourages our appreciation of the blessings we would dearly miss should they disappear.
I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet. – Confucius
Gratitude connects us to the world
We are all interconnected. When we acknowledge and express our appreciation for life, we radiate that feeling out to others. Our gratitude can inspire those around us and create ripple effects in the world.
May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe. – Hafiz
Gratitude comes from an abundant mindset
A scarcity mindset prevents us from seeing the blessings right in front of our faces. Instead of continually grasping for more, gratitude practice opens our eyes to the truth that in this moment we have everything we need.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. – Melody Beattie
Gratitude helps build relationships
In our very busy world, it’s easy to feel invisible. Too often we take for granted the relationships that are most important to us. Gratitude practice helps us demonstrate our appreciation for others. Whether its our significant other, family, friends or coworkers, gratitude nurtures our connection and deepens our bonds.
The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. – William James
Gratitude gives us a fresh perspective
Circumstances are never our problem. It’s the way we look at them that either creates obstacles or opportunities. Looking at the world with a grateful heart opens us to all the possibilities that surround us.
Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors. – Richelle E. Goodrich
Gratitude is a daily practice
Beginning your day with a gratitude activity like journal writing or intention setting helps to create a positive focus for the day. These practices are also a great way to end your day as they let you pay attention to blessings rather than worries as you get ready for sleep,
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. — Kahlil Gibran
Gratitude helps us savor life
At the end of or lives, what will matter is that we loved and were loved. Gratitude gives us a way to approach our days in a way that embraces the essence of what it means to be alive.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder
Gratitude taps into body wisdom
Even though we spend most of our times in our heads, our bodies contain so much wisdom. Gratitude practices remind us that our physical selves are the container for our spirit. In treating our bodies in a kinder way, we can tap into the subtle messages that they are continually communicating to us. We become at home in our bodies, rather than complaining about them.
When you know in your bones that your body is a sacred gift, you move in the world with an effortless grace. – Debbie Ford
Gratitude lives in the moment
Life doesn’t happen in the past or the future. It happens right now in this moment. Gratitude helps us tune into the now so we can fully participate in being alive.
The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. – Robert Holden
If you are inspired to have more gratitude in your day check out these 15 simple gratitude practices.