“Be grateful” and “count your blessings” are common sayings many of us have heard all our lives. Perhaps it can get a bit redundant after a while, but that doesn’t mean that applying them is not life changing. Studies have shown that those who focus on gratitude on a regular basis do show signs of increased life satisfaction and more positive emotion.
Recently, I have been putting this into action more in my life. Four times a week I list of specific things that I am grateful for, with a brief description of why. This exercise has truly made a difference in my mood and energy levels. With Thanksgiving coming up, this is a perfect time to consider the many blessings in your life. Consider making a list of all the things your grateful for and why those things or people mean so much to you. Take note of how you feel afterwards and write that down as well. You may need that memory in the future.
As inspiration, this week we will be providing you with a list of ten gratitude quotes. As you read, consider what gratitude could do for you and seek to incorporate it more into your daily life.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
- Melody Beattie
“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 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
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
- Lionel Hampton
“Gratitude is riches. Complain is poverty.”
- Doris Day
“Appreciation is a wonderful thinking. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
“The More Grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”
- Mary Davis
“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.”
- Maya Angelou
“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy, ant I am loved.”
- Reba McEntire
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust