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Gratitude Quotes (And the Benefits of Being Grateful)

Are you ready to reap all the benefits of being more thankful? The wisdom in these inspiring gratitude quotes will help you appreciate what already exists in your life, while you continue looking forward to even better things to come!

Gratitude Quotes (And the Benefits of Being Grateful)

The simple act of being grateful can turn a bad day into a good one, and it can happen in an instant. It’s your attitude. It’s your choice. Keep stewing in your stress, frustration, overwhelm, anger, resentment, misery, or whatever is stealing your peace, or choose better feeling thoughts.

Benefits of Being Grateful

One of the most important keys to being happier, in this moment or forever, is to practice being more grateful. Gratitude makes you physically and mentally healthier, helps you sleep better, makes you a nicer person, and can even improve your self-esteem. has an excellent article about how being thankful can actually change your life. It lists over 30 benefits of gratitude, including (just to name a few):

  • personality improvements such as being more spiritual and less self-centered
  • better social life, including more and deeper relationships
  • increased productivity, better decision making, and other career helps

There is even evidence to suggest that being grateful can help you live longer! All of this information is based on 40 research studies on gratitude, and you can read the complete article at

Do you catch yourself dwelling on lack far too often? Try adding these quotes to your vision board, or write down a few of your favorites to carry in your pocket. For maximum impact, click here to read about how to make a gratitude board.

Gratitude Quotes

Marcus Aurelius quote about being grateful, 'When you arise in the morning ...'
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Everything starts from gratitude. Everything. From there, all else lines up for you.” ~ Gail Lynne Goodwin

“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

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen

“We’re a nation hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown

“Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.” ~ Decimus Magnus Ausonius

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” ~ John Ortberg

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~ Henri Matisse

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

“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

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ~ Anthony Robbins

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“Gratitude, the ability to count your blessings, is the ultimate way to connect with the heart.” ~ Baptist de Pape

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

“Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.” ~ A. J. Cronin

“Make choices that bring love and joy to your body. It’s not about perfection; it’s about love and gratitude for an amazing body that works hard and deserves your respect.” ~ Alysia Reiner

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

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Rumi quote on gratitude
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” ~ Rumi

“A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.” ~ Mary Davis

“May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

“To move forward, simply set your intentions, be grateful for what you have, be open to what is possible, and the rest will happen, as a beautiful and effortless journey of cooperation and listening.” ~ Bryant McGill

“Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.” ~ Dan Buettner

“I am grateful for the grace to see, to hear, to talk, to feel, to smell, to taste and to walk.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” ~ Thornton Wilder

“The habit of happiness is achieved through the attitude of gratitude.” ~ Annette Zoheret

“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

“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seeker’s life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

“I live by three simple words: compassion, love and gratitude. We need to act on these three words daily. Doing so will irrevocably change your world.” ~ Julian Pencilliah

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” ~ John Henry Jowett

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust

“It is a great thing to be young and to live without pain. And yet it is a blessing few of us count until we lose it.” ~ Geraldine Brooks

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire

“Gratitude opens our eyes to miracles that surround us. Life’s a miracle and a gift. Take every breath in gratitude.” ~ D. Denise Dianaty

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” ~ Margaret Cousins

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” ~ Christiane Northrup

“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 and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” ~ Robert Braathe

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” ~ Charles Schwab

“Even in the midst of the greatest difficulties you will experience in life, you can find things for which you are truly grateful.” ~ Brian Tracy

“Silence your mind and breathe. Take this moment to show gratitude for the abundance of blessings in your life.” ~ Karen A. Baquiran

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“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

“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

“Every morning and every night, I pause for just a minute and express my gratitude for all that I have in my life and all that I have experienced.” ~ M. James Airey

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr

“Even just taking 20 seconds to truly appreciate your surroundings makes a world of difference.” ~ Russell Eric Dobda

“Happiness itself is a kind of gratitude.” ~ Joseph Wood Krutch

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~ Johannes A. Gaertner

“Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.” ~ Marietta McCarty

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.” ~ Barry Neil Kaufman

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Gratitude is the heart’s first language.” ~ Joey Garcia

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

“Find the light. Reach for it. Live for it. Pull yourself up by it. Gratitude always makes for straighter, taller trees.” ~ Al R. Young

“The more you appreciate, the more you have to appreciate.” ~ Carma Spence

“Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy. If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Plato quote - A grateful mind is
“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” ~ Plato

“Ingratitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility.” ~ Orrin Woodward

“Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.” ~ Amy Morin

“One key piece of gratitude is that it basically has the potential to change everything from its ordinary state to being a gift. Once you see it as a gift, it changes the emotional connection to it.” ~ Dr. Barbara Frederickson

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ H.A. Ironside

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” ~ Hannah Whitall Smith

“Expectation has brought me disappointment. Disappointment has brought me wisdom. Acceptance, gratitude and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfillment.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Embrace your life journey with gratitude, so that how you travel your path is more important than reaching your ultimate destination.” ~ Rosalene Glickman

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thorton Wilder

“Gratitude is the golden frame through which we see the meaning of life.” ~ Brendon Burchard

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“Want what you have, and then you can have what you want.” ~ Frederick Dodson

“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

Dickens quote - Reflect upon your present blessings
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Practicing gratitude in the moment of frustration can really be a game changer.” ~ Bruce Weinstein

“Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have.” ~ Michael Bernhard Beckwith

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop

“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” ~ Stephen Richards

“When I wake up in the morning I like to express my gratitude for being on the planet. That gratefulness makes me very present.” ~ Trudie Styler

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown

Bentham quote - Stretching his hand up to reach the stars
“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” ~ Jeremy Bentham
Bentham quote: Stretching his hand up to reach the stars...
“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” ~ Jeremy Bentham

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~ Khalil Gibran

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” ~ Elie Wiesel

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ~ Lionel Hampton

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” ~ Kristin Armstrong

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” ~ Alfred Painter

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Harold Kushner

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~ Alan Cohen
Thank you quote, Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Without exception, begin every day of your life with gratitude. As you look in the mirror, say, “Thank you, God, for life, for my body, for my family and loved ones, for this day, and for the opportunity to be of service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Dr. Wayne Dyer, May 10, 1940 – August 30, 2015

Many of the above quotes were taken from the books in my personal library. Resources for other quotes are Goodreads, BrainyQuote, and Quote Investigator.

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