A few years ago, I started seeing a new wellness trend online — mindfulness in the context of self-improvement. Essentially, this ancient practice was encouraging people to be more aware in every sense of that word. One of the more impactful things I’ve learned is to remember my blessings, even when they don’t seem abundant. These gratitude quotes are proof that there’s always something to be thankful for, even if it’s just the air you’re breathing.
If you often find yourself indulging in self-pity, having to acknowledge the good things you’ve been ignoring will drastically improve your quality of life. Of course, the difference won’t be noticeable immediately. Still, if you remember to stop and smell the roses occasionally, you’ll find yourself taking that approach to everything in your life.
In addition to feeling grateful for your life and the people in it, you’ll also become much better at expressing those feelings and spreading that joy around! But first, here are some inspiring words you could keep in mind.
30 Life-Changing Gratitude Quotes for Those Who Need a Reason to Smile
Enlightened Gratitude Quotes About Being Appreciative
#1. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
#2. “In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues.” ― Wilkie Collins
#3. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ― Voltaire
#4. “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
#5. “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” ― Roy T. Bennett
#6. “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ― Roy T. Bennett
#7. “You can’t fix everything. Not even close. But you can look for reasons to be grateful. More than that, you can work to create them.” ― Katherine Center
#8. “Gratitude is not in the words but in the heart which expresses it.” ― Luffina Lourduraj
#9. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ― Henry Van Dyke
#10. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ― William Arthur Ward
#11. “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
Quotes About Staying Grateful Even When It’s Difficult
#12. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins
#13. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” ― Stephen W. Hawking
#14. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?” ― Roy T. Bennett
#15. “Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.” ― Simone Weil
#16. “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ― Kahill Gibran
#17. “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
#18. “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” ― Germany Kent
Affectionate Gratitude Quotes About People Who Mean the World to Us
#19. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
#20. “In normal life, we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
#21. “Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love — be there for others — bring a little light into someone’s day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.” ― Roy T. Bennett
#22. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
#23. “It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.” ― Jane Austen
#24. “Beth ceased to fear him from that moment and sat there talking to him as cozily as if she had known him all her life, for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.” ― Louisa May Alcott
Serene Gratitude Quotes About Appreciating Nature’s Gifts
#25. “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
#26. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr
#27. “And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.” ― Khalil Gibran
#28. “If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it.” ― Kyo Maclear
#29. “Good morning.
Lead with gratitude.
The air in your lungs, the sky above you.
Proceed from there.” ― Lin-Manuel Miranda
#30. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still, I’d like to express my thanks — I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night.” ― Irving Berlin
After reading all these gratitude quotes, I feel fresh and ready to start my day right! It’s amazing how deeply a few words can affect your mood, isn’t it? Hopefully, some of them will also have a more long-term effect and encourage you to be thankful for what you have every day.