Gratitude can change your life. Some to of the great thinkers of past and present times certainly believe so. Find out what they have to say about the profound power of gratitude in this article.
Of course, the idea that being thankful for what we have will promote well-being and spiritual health is not new. Cultivating a thankful heart forms a key practice in religions such as Buddhism and Christianity, whose origins date back millennia. We are talking about a practice here that has definitely stood the test of time.
The following quotes articulate the timeless power of gratitude in different ways and are worth taking a moment to dwell on.
As you read these words consider the following question: “What if each of these quotes are true”
Wise words about gratitude and thankfulness
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
“It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindl-Rast
“Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.” – Sara Avant Stover
“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.” – Rhonda Byrne
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” – Naomi Williams
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
“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
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Anonymous
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ― Meister Eckhart
“When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“We can choose to be grateful no matter what.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“The root of joy is gratefulness.” – David Steindl-Rast
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Cicero
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterto
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
“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 Winfre
“My day begins and ends with gratitude.”– Louise Hay
“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – The Buddha
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy
“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins
“Stop your whining and count your blessings boy you are rich beyond measure” – my Grandma Street
“There is so much to be grateful for, just open your eyes.” – Anonymous
Gratitude exercise # 3
Create your own gratitude maxims
Devise and write down at least 2 of your own gratitude maxims. Perhaps you would like to share them here.
One way into this exercise is to start off by writing “Gratitude is” and then write down the first things that come into your head. Do it repeatedly. The key is to start with something and to rely on your spontaneous creative faculty to fill in the blank. If you overthink this you may become stuck. Just let words arise and write them down without judgement. You can refine the prose later.
As you go through your day whatever you use or interact with start with a silent note of thanks. Check how you feel at the end of the day.
For example, as you get out of bed – say thanks for having a bed to sleep on. As you have a shower – give thanks for having running water. As you put your clothes on – give thanks that you have clothes to put on your back. As you drive or commute to work – give thanks for being wealthy enough to own a car or being able to ride a bus. As you open your mobile device – give thanks for that.
Do it for everything you interact with or use.
It only takes a second but you will find the rewards will greatly surpass the investment of time and effort you put into this exercise.
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