It’s hard to imagine anyone telling you not to be grateful. Saying ‘thank you’ is, after all, ingrained within us by our parents throughout our childhood. We’re taught that it’s polite and well-mannered to be thankful for another’s kindness, but what we aren’t told is that being grateful is more than just showing common courtesy. Expressing gratitude can be a powerful practice, one that has the ability to transform your attitudes and bring lasting joy to your life.

Take a look at these 17 thought-provoking quotes about thankfulness to see why adopting an attitude of gratitude is a practice that can take your life to the next level.

‘The single greatest thing that you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now’ – Oprah Winfrey

‘If you don’t appreciate what you have, you may as well not have it’ – Rosalene Glichman

‘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 is always something we could be grateful for’ – Barry Neil Kaufman

‘Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it’- William Arthur Ward

‘Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary’ – Margaret Cousins

‘When we become aware of how blessed we truly are, miracles start to happen’- Helen Barry

Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others’ – Cicero

‘In ordinary life, we hardly realise that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich’ – Deitrich Bonhoeffer

‘You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy’ – Buddha

‘Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms’ – Alyssa Knight

‘If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily’ – Gerald Good

‘Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant’ – Tony Robbins

‘Gratitude turns what we have into enough’ – Melody Beattie

‘Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings’ – William Arthur Ward

‘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

‘The struggle ends when gratitude begins’ – Neale Donald Walsh

‘If the only prayer you ever say is “thank you” that will be enough’ – Eckhart Tolle


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