I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
bag of apples, a pot of homemade jam, a scribbled note,
a bunch of golden flowers, a coloured pebble, a box of seedlings,
an empty scent bottle for the children. . . . Who needs
diamonds and van-delivered bouquets?
move through my day-to-day life with a sense of appreciation and
gratitude that comes from knowing how fortunate I truly am and
how unearned all that I am thankful for really is.
To have this perspective in my everyday consciousness is
in itself a gift, for it leads to feeling “graced,” or
blessed, each time. . . . Every time I see beauty around me I
appreciate what I am seeing, and simultaneously I have this
sense of appreciation—for being alive to have this particular
moment. -Jean Shinoda Bolen
private and personal blessings we enjoy--the blessings of
immunity, safeguard, liberty and integrity--deserve the
thanksgiving of a whole life.
When you cultivate gratitude, you become a happier,
more fulfilled person. The more you're grateful
for, the more blessings will come to you.
us be grateful to people who make us happy--they are the
charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
we forget to be grateful until we survive a trauma.
after having the flu when you ache all over, throw up for hours, and
little people pounding in your head with hammers, it is sheer bliss just
to eat a
piece of toast, walk outside without getting dizzy, and breathe fresh
air. Part of the journey toward joy involves not waiting around for trouble,
but being continuously aware of our blessings.
|We can be
thankful to a friend for a few acres or a little money;
and yet for
the freedom and command of the whole earth,
and for the great
benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason,
we look upon
ourselves as under no obligation.
-Marcus Annaeus Seneca
we are waiting for--peace of mind, contentment, grace,
the inner awareness of simple abundance--it will surely
come to us,
but only when we are ready to receive it with
an open and grateful heart. -Sarah Ban Breathnach
A thankful heart is not only the greatest
but the parent of all other virtues.
receive a benefit with
the first installment on our debts.
Marcus Annaeus Seneca
your gratitude depends on what life gives you or what other people
do for you or to you, you will be disappointed more often than you are
grateful. But you can learn to feel grateful by rethinking your attitude
towards life. First, remember that contentment lies in giving.
If you know that giving
is better than receiving, then you can feel grateful for what you are
to give others.
This does not mean you ignore your own needs.
decide what to give and how to give it, and then at the end of the day
you will be grateful for having had the chance to give in your own way.
Remember, we all have something to give, and our ability to give is
not related to our finances or physical strength.
inevitable, I suppose, that in the garden I should begin,
at long last,
to ask myself what lay behind all this
beauty. When guests were gone and
I had the flowers all
to myself, I was so happy that I wondered why
at the same
time I was haunted by a sense of emptiness. It was
though I wanted to thank somebody, but had nobody to
which is another way of saying that I felt the
need for worship. That is,
perhaps, the kindliest way in
which a person may come to his or her God. There is an interminable
literature on the origins of the religious impulse,
to me it is simpler than that. It is summed up in the
image of a person
at sundown, watching the crimson flowering
of the sky
and saying--to somebody--"Thank you."
that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more--a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleases me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise. -George Herbert
Blessings we enjoy
daily, and for most of them, because they
be so common,
we forget to pay
our praises. But let not us,
it is a sacrifice so pleasing
to Him who still protects
and gives us flowers and showers and meat and content.
art of thanksgiving is thanksliving. It is gratitude in
action. It is applying Albert Schweitzer's philosophy:
"In gratitude for your own good fortune you must
render in return some sacrifice of your life for other
It is thanking God for the gift of life by living it
It is thanking God for your talents and abilities by
as obligations to be invested for the
It is thanking God for all that men and women have done
by doing things for others.
It is thanking God for opportunities by accepting them
a challenge to achievement.
It is thanking God for happiness by striving to make
It is thanking God for beauty by helping to make the
world more beautiful.
It is thanking God for inspiration by trying to be an
inspiration for others.
It is thanking God for health and strength by the care
and reverence you show your body.
It is thanking God for the creative ideas that enrich
life by adding your own creative contributions to human
It is thanking God for each new day by living it to the
It is thanking God by giving hands, arms, legs, and voice
to your thankful spirit.
It is adding to your prayers of thanksgiving, acts of thanksliving.
Oh, Lord, I thank you
for the privilege and gift of living in a world filled
with beauty and excitement and variety.
I thank you for the gift of loving and being
loved, for the friendliness
and understanding and beauty
of the animals on the farm and in the forest
for the green of the trees, the sound of the waterfall,
the darting beauty of the trout in the brook.
I thank you for the delights of music and
children, of other people's thoughts
and conversation and
their books to read by the fireside or in bed
rain falling on the roof or the snow blowing past outside
God gave you a gift of 86,400
seconds today. Have you used one of them to say "thank
you"? -William A. Ward
Our indebtedness . . . is not virtue;
our repayment is. Virtue begins when we dedicate ourselves actively to the
job of gratitude. -Ruth
A single grateful thought toward heaven is
the most complete prayer. -Gotthold Lessing
trying to develop an attitude that reflects gratitude
for everything. It's a strange concept, I know, because
what happens when I get sick? Am I supposed to be thankful
for the sickness? Well, when I think about it, I can be thankful
that my body's immune system fights off the invading germs
or virus. I can be thankful for the time I have to recover, and
the people who have spent so much time and energy doing
research and development so that there are medicines that
will help my body. There was a time when pneumonia was
often fatal, yet in our era we have antibiotics that kill it before
it can kill us. And there are still some countries where people
don't have ready access to those medicines. So while I may
not be thankful for the sickness, I can be thankful in
sickness. -Tom Walsh
Some people always sigh in
thanking God. -Elizabeth
for what you have,
not regretful for what you haven't. -anonymous
is the heart's memory. -French
grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful
planet Earth. In the morning,
wake up with a sense of gratitude. -Earl
is one of those things that cannot
be bought. It
must be born with people, or
else all the obligations in the
create it. A real sense of a kind
thing is a gift
and never was, nor can be,
finest test of character is seen in the
of gratitude we have. -Milo H. Gates
people have a
wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again,
and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure,
wonder, and even ecstasy. -A.H. Maslow
We can be thankful to a friend for a
few acres or a little money;
and yet for the freedom and
command of the whole earth,
and for the great benefits of
our being, our life, health,
and reason, we look upon
ourselves as under no obligation. -Marcus Annaeus Seneca
the gifts I ask
Of Thee, Spirit serene:
Strength for the daily task,
Courage to face the road,
Good cheer to help me bear the traveler's load,
And, for the hours of rest that come between,
An inward joy of all things heard and seen.
Henry Van Dyke
If you can't be
thankful for what you receive,
be thankful for what you
you consider everything we have is a gift from God,
it's amazing how
little gratitude we show. Giving to others
is such a small way to
say thank you. -Charles
is a duty which ought
to be paid, but which none
have a right to
who receive a benefit
with gratitude repay the first
on their debt. -Lucius
The more I focused on lack and on what I
couldn’t have, the more depressed I became.
The more depressed I became, the more I focused on lack.
My soul whispered that what I really yearned for was not
financial security but financial serenity.
I was still—quiet enough to listen.
At that moment I acknowledged the deep longing in my
heart. What I
hungered for was an inner peace that the world could not take
away. I asked for
help and committed to following wheresoever Spirit would lead
me. For the first
time in my life I discarded my five-year goals and became a
seeker, a pilgrim, a sojourner.
I surrendered my desire for security and sought serenity
instead, I looked at my life with open eyes.
I saw that I had much for which to be grateful.
I felt humbled by my riches and regretted that I took for
granted the abundance that already existed in my life.
How could I expect more from the universe when I didn’t
appreciate what I already had?
-Sarah Ban Breathnach
grateful for yourself. . .
be thankful. -William Saroyan
Most religion is based on
gratitude. Our feelings of
thankfulness for all that we have and the opportunity
to live on this beautiful planet are a driving force in
our lives, and our lives become something less when
we start to take things for granted and not feel thankful
any longer. We lose the ability to see and recognize
beauty when we're not thankful for it, and we lose
the ability to enjoy music when we don't feel
gratitude for the fact that it exists.
gratitude is an attitude.
It is magnetic and will draw good to
It is good therapy, a road to happiness.
is a way of living more fully. Be thankful for your health
you will have health in more abundance. Be thankful for
you receive and it will be increased. Be thankful for your
success and you'll open doors to further achievement. Be
thankful for your friends and more friends will come to you. Be
thankful for beauty
and you'll experience it more deeply.
is a way of enhancing relationships.
Expressions of gratitude
create in others an eagerness
to reciprocate. When we become
more fully aware that our success
is due in large measure to the
loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement
we have received from others,
our desire grows to pass on similar gifts.
Gratitude spurs us on
to prove ourselves worthy of what others
have done for us. The
spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.
is a way of worshiping. All through the Psalms
the emphasis is
on thankfulness: "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving".
"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving". . .
"O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast
endures forever". . . "I will give thanks to the Lord
with my whole heart."
healed the ten lepers only one returned to fall
at the feet of
the Master and give thanks to God.
With this in mind someone has
written that nine were healed,
while the one who gave thanks was made
The expression of gratitude made the big difference.
gratitude is a force for harmony and goodwill.
It brings people
together in love and understanding.
It is high on the scale of
creative qualities to be practiced
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