November 3, 2015

11 Quotes About Gratitude

How is your attitude? Are you one of the lucky ones who see the silver lining in the plentiful clouds that are out there? Or, are you more like me: you can’t get beyond the ever-present clouds?

The Test

Pop quiz for the day: is the glass above half empty, or half full? If you say it’s closer to empty, you’re a pessimist. If you say it’s nearer to full, you’re an optimist. However, as stated above, the glass is really completely full. It’s all a matter of perspective.

The Positive Side

I have many ongoing trials. My frustration level is off the charts—as usual. However, I just learned that my husband narrowly avoided a major car collision with a clueless SUV driver. That is something to be thankful for!

The Power of Being Grateful

Life is often all about our mindset. The way we think can actually make our lives easier or harder, no matter what our circumstances. Famous individuals have quite a bit to say about the benefits of gratitude. Today, I would like to highlight eleven of the quotes from the article “40 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude”:

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”—Robert Brault
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”—Charles Dickens
“Acknowledging the good that you have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”—Eckhart Tolle
“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
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”—Gerald Good
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”—Melody Beattie
“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”—John Wooden
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”—Epictetus
“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
“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 did get sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”—Buddha
“It’s impossible to be thankful and depressed in the same moment.”—Naomi Williams

My Conclusion

I Thessalonians 5:18 says to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. Gratitude is crucial for a well-balanced life. Prominent figures reiterate the benefits of this positive emotion:
  • Mental stability
  • Improved circumstances
  • Fresh outlook on life

How have you shown gratitude today?

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