75 Gratitude Quotes To Inspire You To Be Thankful Every Day This Year

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You know that Thanksgiving tradition when someone says, "Let's go around the table and say what we're grateful for," and your mind just draws a total blank? You probably have tons of reasons to give thanks—your family, your friends/chosen family, your pets, your health—but suddenly, you're tongue-tied. (You wouldn't be the first—how many mega-famous people forget to thank at least one important person in their Oscars speech?)

One way to prevent this painfully-awkward moment? Practice gratitude on the reg, so you're ready when it's time to share your thanks before stuffing yourself with stuffing.

And get this: Your body and brain will thank you for doing so. Expressing gratitude is linked to positive social, psychological, and health states, such as increased likelihood of helping others and optimism, and better quality of sleep, more exercise, and fewer symptoms of physical illness, according to a 2017 article in the National Communication Association's Review of Communication. Plus, multiple studies show that expressing and experiencing gratitude increases life satisfaction, vitality, and hope, and decreases levels of depression, anxiety, envy, and job-related stress and burnout, the article authors found.

With all these positive effects, of course you want to show as much gratitude as possible. But, like most things in life, it's easier than done. So, if you need a little inspiration—or a sentiment to pass off as your own as you're passing the gravy—these 75 gratitude quotes from philosophers, writers, and public figures will inspire you to be grateful each and every day:

  1. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. - Maya Angelou

  8. I am happy because I'm grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy. - Will Arnett

  9. 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

  10. Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning. - Gza

  11. Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

  12. '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

  13. 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. - Brene Brown

  14. I think that real friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds. - Stephen King

  15. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. - Brene Brown

  20. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle

  21. We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect. - Michelle Obama

  22. Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality. - Jen Sincero

  23. Gratitude bestows reverence.....changing forever how we experience life and the world. - John Milton

  24. In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues. - Wilkie Collins

  25. Most of us forget to take time for wonder, praise and gratitude until it is almost too late. Gratitude is a many-colored quality, reaching in all directions. - Faith Baldwin

  26. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. - Thornton Wilder

  27. When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. - Elie Wiesel

  28. Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. - Henry Ward Beecher

  29. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. - Karl Barth

  30. Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. - Doris Day

  31. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

  32. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. - Henri Frederic Amiel

  33. Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. - Lionel Hampton

  34. There's a certain love, appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don't have when you're younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better. - Jennifer Lopez

  35. Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. - Eileen Caddy

  36. If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it. - Lyndon B. Johnson

  37. Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  38. Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  39. Have gratitude for the things you're discarding. By giving gratitude, you're giving closure to the relationship with that object, and by doing so, it becomes a lot easier to let go. - Marie Kondo

  40. Fill the earth with your songs of gratitude. - Charles Spurgeon

  41. Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. - Jacques Maritan

  42. Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. - Joseph Wood Krutch

  43. Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought. - John Quincy Adams

  44. The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children. - Nancy Friday

  45. We have to fill our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude makes everything that we have more than enough. - Susan L. Taylor

  46. I live by two words: tenacity and gratitude. - Henry Winkler

  47. Gratitude is not a limited resource, nor is it costly. It is abundant as air. - Marshall Goldsmith

  48. I'm in a constant state of gratitude. - Mandy Patinkin

  49. Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude. - Chip Conley

  50. I've got nothing but gratitude for everyone who ever helped me. - Chris Mullin

  51. Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

  52. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. - Melody Beattie

  53. Gratitude goes a long way. - Sylvia Day

  54. When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

  56. 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

  57. Let us swell with gratitude and allow it to overwhelm us. It isn't as cliche as we make it; life truly is short. Let's spend it all lavishly wallowing in gratitude. - Grace Gealey

  58. 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

  59. I owe undying gratitude to my patient parents. - Konrad Lorenz

  60. It's wonderful to be grateful. To have that gratitude well out from deep within you and pour out in waves. Once you truly experience this, you will never want to give it up. - Srikumar Rao

  61. The fact is that more gratitude one shows, the greater are the blessings one receives from life's natural forces. - Rhea Pillai

  62. If you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word: Gratitude. - Carole King

  63. 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

  64. I do practice active gratitude. In my thoughts, actions words I am deeply grateful for what life has given me. - Sharmila Tagore

  65. To find gratitude and generosity when you could reasonably find hurt and resentment will surprise you. It will be so surprising because you will see so much of the opposite: people who have much more than others yet who react with anger when one advantage is lost or with resentment when an added gift is denied. - Henry B. Eyring

  66. I'm not going to focus on the bad days. I choose to live in gratitude. - Marcela Valladolid

  67. When I look back, I see that each difficult time brought an important lesson. And I prefer to look at it with gratitude because I wouldn't be who I am today if I haven't gone through it all. - Gisele Bündchen

  68. How I show love has always been through food. That, for me, has been the foundation of how I express gratitude for anybody around me. - Antoni Porowski

  69. I live each day full of gratitude, and that's good for my children. - Sophie B. Hawkins

  70. 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

  71. There is something calming and emotionally restoring when you focus on gratitude for a known deed that helped you, instead of fear of the unknown. - Mark Goulston

  72. We love to commiserate and troubleshoot and prepare for the worst, and gratitude yanks us out of that and reminds us of the ridiculous amount of infinite blessings that are around us at all times. - Jen Sincero

  73. If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. - Meister Eckhart

  74. Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift. - Roy T. Bennett

  75. Find gratitude in the little things and your well of gratitude will never run dry. - Antonia Montoya

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