How Gratitude Expressed Enriches Our Lives

This selection, How Gratitude Expressed Enriches Our Lives, features quotes that encourage us to be aware of and name all of the things that are good and positive in our lives. I have especially tried to choose readings that are not sappy, preachy or overused!

How Gratitude Expressed Enriches Our Lives

The trick, it seems, is to be able to hold both things very close – the gratitude and the misery – and then, with a semblance of faith, to let them fly.
– Elizabeth Aquino

Blessed are those who give without remembering, and receive without forgetting.
– Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one.
– Twylah Nitsch

Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.
– Shakti Gawain

Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting.
– Regina Sara Ryan

It is enough to be grateful for the next breath.
– BR. David Steindl-Rast

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
– Rabbi Harold Kushner

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
– Mary Jean Irion

A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the full measure I have received and am still receiving.
– Albert Einstein

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
– Ralph H. Blum

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
– Melody Beattie

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.
– Althea Gibson

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.
– Ruth Ann Schabacker

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

The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.Wall Art. How Gratitude Expressed Enriches Our Lives
– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

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

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

Surprise is the seed of gratefulness. Become aware of surprises. Relish surprise as life’s gift.
– BR. David Steindl-Rast

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.
– Marcus Aurelius

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
– Henri Nouwen

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

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
– ST. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.
– Saah Ban Breathnach

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou

Gratitude makes us feel bursting with delight, just to remember the gifts we have received. Thus we are doubly blessed when we receive something: for the gift itself and later, in recall, for the miracle of having been given it.
– M.J. Ryan

Do not refuse a wing to the person who gave you the whole chicken.
– R.G.H. Sui

We thank you for this food, this food, this glorious food,
and the animals, and the vegetables, and the minerals,
that make it possible.
– Sung blessing before meals

Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them the more of them we will see….better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.
– Maltbie D. Babcock

If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for.
– Terry Lynn Taylor

I think you God for this most amazing day; for the leaping Greenly spirit of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything that is natural which is infinite which is yes.
– e.e. cummings

Bowl Pouring Graphic. How Gratitude Expressed Enriches Our LivesLet gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
– Maya Angelou

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
– Eckhart Tolle

Thank god for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell.  While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well.  With home, and health, and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss; for by this stack of evidence, God’s very good to us.
– Anon.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
– Meister Eckhart

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
– Anthony Robbins

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

‘Thank you power’ is writing down the moments that are good in your life so that you can go back and reflect on them – so you’ve got this sort of repository of good stuff in your past.
– Deborah Norville

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller

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

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.
– Tony Robbins

Most of us miss out on life’s big prizes.  A Pulitzer.  The Nobel.  Oscars.  Tony’s.  Emmys.  But we’re all eligible for life’s smallest pleasures.  A pat on the back.  A kiss behind the year.  The 4 pound bass.  A full moon.  An empty parking space.  A crackling fire.  A great meal.  A glorious sunset.  Hot soup.  Cold beer.  Don’t fret about copping lives grand awards.  Enjoy its tiny delights.  There are plenty for all of us.
– United Technologies Corporation (advertisement)

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Blessed are those who give without remembering, and receive without forgetting.