Thankfulness is something we all probably heard of before. It sounds like something we can do every day, but no one has really stopped to count how many times they’ve said their thanks. We have our own ways to show it, but we could have just said it without fully understanding what saying those words actually carry.
Here are some quotes that may help us understand more about what being thankful actually is, and maybe, it may help us be grateful to more things more often than before:
No better words than ‘thank you’ have yet been discovered to express the sincere gratitude of one’s heart, when the two words are sincerely spoken.Alfred Montapert
Though thank you only comprises of two words, they pack a supreme power of thankfulness that comes from the heart. It’s a feat, so let out these words, because, despite the simplicity, not everyone even bothers to say it. With a full heart, always say
You want to become a better person?Kamand Kojouri
Just give thanks.
Give thanks for all of it.
Being thankful and showing it to others makes you become a better person.
To become a better you, remember to be grateful to people who have contributed to making you who you are today.Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You
Those who have helped you come a long way should be recognized. Thank them.
‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.Alice Walker
Being thankful can be transcendental. This isn’t just a feeling of a string of words; it tells a lot of who you are and who you can be. Knowing how to say it already makes you better than anyone who doesn’t.
Thank you. I’ve said thank you thousands of times in my life. Most of the time I mean it to some degree. There are times when I’ve said it and felt the gratitude behind the words wholeheartedly, but I don’t think I ever understood what those two words truly meant until this very moment. Now I think I need a new phrase because thank you is insufficient in this situation.Kim Holden
There really is a time when it feels like the words thank you are not enough. But still, always say it when it needs to be said.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.Gilbert K. Chesterton
And thank you’s, despite being powerful, are sometimes never enough. It seems ridiculous to pay back what others have done for you or the blessings that come to you with just two words. Still, thank you’s are absolute. We can go through all the ends to find better words, but as long as it comes from the heart, it can move mountains.
I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.William Shakespeare
ven William Shakespeare feels saying it is not enough, so he says it thrice.
Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. Hansa Proverb
Saying thanks costs nothing but gives everything.Viewcolleges
A simple thank you can be given by anyone, with no exceptions. This makes it more important and sincere. We do not lose anything when we are thankful, but we do gain a grateful heart. Not too many realize that.
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
Being thankful is like being given without asking. It opens your eyes to the wonderful things that you already have.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.Meister Eckhart
This is enough. Thank you is enough.
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
There’s no bad thing that can come out from being thankful. It only makes you happier and lessens your worries.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.Anonymous
Being thankful and recognizing those that you need to be thankful for makes you more contented.
Enough’ is a feast.Buddhist proverb
Just as a thank you turn what we have into enough, it also makes a feast.
Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.Jim Rohn
As long as we know how to be thankful, we can get more and more pockets of opportunities. Being grateful attracts greatness.
Those who drink richly from the cup of thankfulness find themselves refreshed and their cup refilled.Skip Prichard, The Book of Mistakes
If you know what to be thankful for, you won’t ever feel like you are lacking.
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
We become rich, the more we are thankful. It makes us focus more on what we have than what we don’t.
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
Thankfulness is just another word for contentment. You can live peacefully with contentment. But with discontentment, you’ll keep on running and finding better versions of what you already have, and you’ll tire yourself out.
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.H.A. Ironside
Not many realize that thankful people are just contented, people. Contented people are significantly happier than those who are not.
Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.Sonja Lyubomirsky
Expressing gratitude can make you feel lighter. It rids of negativity, and it only brings things that are beneficial to you.
Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.Amit Ray
Thankful isn’t just said in words. Being thankful can be seen in the way we act and accept things around us. Being thankful allows us to live in the present.
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.Alphonse Karr
Being thankful allows you to see things with a brighter lens. In a way, it enforces positivity, allowing us to focus more on what is to come than what has been missing.
In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.Rasheed Ogunlaru
Gratitude becomes a choice, and it is an easy decision to make. You can either wait every day, or you can look at each day as something that’s worth waiting for.
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
It can be just a matter of perspective. Not knowing how to be thankful is not knowing how to be full. No one can ever be full if they throw away what they do have and only look for better things. Thankfulness, in all essence, makes you richer. Being thankful and expressing thankfulness makes you full. It does not cost you anything, but it holds great value.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.Albert Einstein
Even Albert Einstein agrees that being thankful is a matter of changing perspective. It’s tuning in to the more positive vibes, like how seeing a glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It’s not entirely ignoring the lack, but saying thank you allows you to look forward rather than backward.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.Gerald Good
Gratitude is like a steering wheel that drives you to a better path when you practice it more constantly.
Let me always count my blessings. To be thankful for my family and friends. To be thankful for the simple things that life has to offer.Catherine Pulsifer
Counting blessings is just appreciation. It is different from being thankful, which requires understanding and acceptance. While thankfulness cannot start without appreciation, it is a voluntary act that requires choice. And with choice, you can choose to show it even in the simplest of things that other people recognize but not given much thought.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.Willie Nelson
Being thankful is easy when you try to count your blessings. It allows you to see what you have better.
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
Appreciation is the start of thankfulness. Some people do not know how to say it because they do not know how to appreciate things. We are surrounded by many things that need appreciation, and until we recognize them, we will never realize what it means to have enough.
The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.Michael Josephson
Even those in nature that you haven’t asked for but are there for you to either flash beauty in your eyes or provide you with whatever you need should be thanked for.
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.
Being thankful can become a trait. Like traits, it can follow us with our lives. Being thankful allows us to progress. If we don’t progress, we can’t move forward. Blessings come and go, but we cannot recognize them if we tucked the ones we already have on our shelves untouched.
I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.Habeeb Akande
Be thankful every time you take a step forward. It could be the little successes we do every day: waking up right on time, going to work, and completing your tasks, being thankful. All these little things add up and push you to want to become tomorrow.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.Brian Tracy
When you start to become more thankful, you start to look forward to what’s ahead with a positive attitude.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.Henri Frederic Amiel
Being thankful is one step closer to knowing gratitude. Allowing gratitude to take part in your life allows you to be more complete. Gratitude turns the words of thanks to acts. It solidifies the sincerity that is built within the heart.
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
John F. Kennedy agrees. Gratitude is a higher form of expression. Though it’s no longer just about words, it can never be reached unless we know how to first say it.
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 got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.Buddha
Often times, being thankful can still be seen in gaining nothing. It is in understanding that thankfulness also appears in losing nothing that we learn how to be truly grateful.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.A.A. Milne
And of course, saying thanks has no requirement. While it holds a large value, it can come from the smallest of things.
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.Ralph Marston
Thankfulness and gratitude should not put pressure. When sincerely told, you won’t really need anything in return. After all, being grateful for other people comes from them, providing you with what you most need. Being thankful is not payment; it is a costless compensation that holds a great value.
In the end, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.Elizabeth Gilbert
When we’ve known how to naturally be thankful, it will just roll with us without knowing it. We become more appreciative, more aware, and more sensitive to those around us.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.Gilbert K. Chesterton
Being thankful saves you from regret. People take things for granted every day and only know its worth once it’s gone out of their hands. Being thankful allows you to hold on to the things you have.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.Robert Brault
Often times, we overlook the simple things and realize they are important only when they’ve gone. So even with the littlest things, always be grateful.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.Unknown
If you are thankful for the things you have, they stick to you and stay with you like bundles of joy.
Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.Gertrude Stein
While there are some things that should be done in silence, gratitude is not one of them.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.William Arthur Ward
Gratitude should be expressed always. It doesn’t require grand gestures, and it definitely doesn’t need much.
Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.Edwin Arlington Robinson
Gratitude can come in many forms, and with that, it can also come not just from receiving. We are always attuned to say thank you only when we receive something, but we should realize that there’s also plenty to be thankful for when we are able to give something to others. We give when we have enough, and when we have enough, we should be thankful.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.Neal A. Maxwell
But other than counting our blessings, we should also make it so that our blessings turn into something that can be counted on.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.Thornton Wilder
Believe it or not, saying thank you brings us deeper at the moment. It makes you feel more alive and more aware of what you have and what you need. The world moves too fast that we could get swayed and look for the things we need in the things that we want. Sometimes we just need to slow down, take a deep breath, relax, and think about where we have gone from where we started. Through this, we’ll see what place we are in our lives and think better about what we need to do to move forward.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.Voltaire
When we appreciate something else, it becomes part of us. That is why the more we are thankful, the more we feel fuller.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.Cicero
When we start to learn how to be thankful, we start to understand more about kindness, patience, love, and many others.
Gratitude isn’t a burdening emotion.Loretta Young
Why do we choose to be heavy when we can be light? Saying thank you isn’t an indication of pressure to give back something better; it is more of a lift that got you out when you are stuck somewhere in your life.
Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.Steve Maraboli
Being thankful is also an exercise of the nerves. It allows you to take a breather and allows you to focus on what is currently more important. We have a lot of things we want; we have a lot of things we need. But do we all need them right at this very moment?
Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.Robert Braathe
In the end, being thankful is something that cannot be forced out of a person. It is something that comes out naturally, and for that to be achieved, one’s will is required. You can choose to be grateful and move forward, or you can choose not to and stay stuck.
To get more out of thankfulness every day, here are more quotes that can help you appreciate life more and be grateful for the things you haven’t’ paid attention to before:
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.James Allen
Saying thank you only lasts seconds. Nobody forces you to do it, which is why no one realizes it is quite an urgent matter.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.John E Southard
Get even only with those who have helped you. It will make the world a better place.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never stop saying thank you.
When we start paying attention to the services we receive, stop and really see the person who is doing it and take the time to say thank you, our entire day will change.Brenda Shoshanna
When we say thank you, we may not realize how much it could affect the other person. Say it often; you may end up making someone’s day brighter by it, just like how it brightens up yours.
When I count my blessings, I count twice.
And there are times when we are so grateful for someone or something; we end up counting them twice. And that ain’t a bad thing. If anything, it only makes you richer.
None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.Harvey Mackay
We must realize that there are many things in life that we advanced with the help of other people. Whether be it in simple gestures or big assistances, always be thankful.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.John F. Kennedy
Always be thankful for those who have helped you. They could have chosen not to spend some time and effort with you, but they did.
…saying thank you, or offering other words of appreciation, along with sincere compliments and other grateful or kind words are the best way to fortify relationships.Chris Johnston, 101 Greatest Life Lessons
The more we say our thanks to the people who deserve it, the more our relationship will grow better.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.Dalai Lama
Being grateful plants a seed of goodness in your heart.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.Alfred North Whitehead
No one is ever truly successful unless they’ve acknowledged and thanked those who helped them reach their places.
The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.Charles Schwab
Put yourself in the shoes of the person who receives gratitude. If it makes you smile, imagine how much it builds up their character.
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.Jacques Maritain
Gratitude is courtesy. Courtesy makes you a good, decent person.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.Albert Schweitzer
We don’t know how much happiness our gratitudes may cause to others, so always say it to those who deserve it.
I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
Don’t be a stranger to gratitude. Get acquainted with it so as not to mistake It with indigestion.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.Henry Ward Beecher
The more you express your gratitude, the more you bloom.
Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.Rhonda Byrne
If you have completely mastered the art of gratitude, you’d be more inclined to attract better things. It allows you to see beyond what normal eyes can see and allows you to feel more than what the normal heart can.
As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.James E. Faust
The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.Mary Davis
Being grateful allows you to see more beauty in the world. That’s why you become more thankful because you start to see the good instead of the bad.
I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.Amy Poehler
Being thankful allows you to transcend time and space. It moves you far beyond what the world’s available technology can offer.
Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.Eckhart Tolle
You are only truly prosperous when you know how to give thanks.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.Aesop
Who doesn’t want to have a noble soul? Apparently, Aesop says it’s easy. Just practice gratitude, and you’ll be on your way.
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears –Anthony Robbins
The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.Friedrich Nietzche
Art without gratitude is never beautiful.
In everything, give thanks.1 Thessalonians 5:18
Look around what you have and be thankful for everything.
Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings.Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
You can take it a notch higher and express gratitude by giving back. When you give back, you recognize you have enough. This is where being grateful comes from.
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.Naomi Williams
Feelings of sadness and gratitude cannot survive together. Choose what you want.
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.John Wooden
Being thankful makes you crafty. You see things in a better perspective, and you start to make something out of it.
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.Tom Perrotta
Being thankful puts you closer to your natural self. It allows you to handle things easier and live life
From young to old, there are two words that carry a person forth in grace and honor; please and thank you.Byron Pulsifer
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are; you deserve to give and receive thanks when needed.
Let me always count my blessings. To be thankful for my family and friends. To be thankful for the simple things that life has to offer.Catherine Pulsifer
Count me in counting your blessings! Imagine how much we’ll have!
Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’Zig Ziglar
Kindness may seem hard at times, but it’s actually not. You can start by saying thank you to those who deserve it.
A little thank you that you will say to someone for a little favour shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen greater favours. Learn to say thank you and why not?Israelmore Ayivor
Thank you’s unlock doors for greater things. The more you say it, the more you have better options and opportunities.
Thank you might be the hardest word to say. We may wonder, what can be so castrating about embracing gratitude? Some think it causes fear of loss, while it unleashes indistinct anxiety of losing independence or self-control. Gratefulness might come down to an undying struggle against oblivion. It could amount to a lasting burden for maintaining the infallibility of their memory. In short, for some, thankfulness is a box of Pandora.Erik Pevernagie
We should never fear to say thank you. It doesn’t put our pride down. Instead, it lifts us up. There’s no other thing more uplifting than saying thank you.
Always choose to say thank you. The best people in life are those who know how to be grateful. If the world somehow learned to be more thankful, perhaps it could turn for the better. Just imagine, each one of us will start to notice more on what’s really important, and we can save ourselves from all the unnecessary things that we may not even know are slowly making us more greedy.
When we say thank you, we get closer to knowing the meaning of having enough.