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Sometimes we need to remind
ourselves that thankfulness
is indeed virtue.

William J. Bennett

One of the noblest words in our language is "grace," defined as "unearned blessing."  We live by grace far more than by anything else.  Accordingly, I find that the one thing which I want to put into practice in my own life is the conscious and deliberate habit of finding someone to thank.

Elton Trueblood


Gratitude is more than a routine or a resilience strategy.  Think of it as a bridge that spans a river.  It must have strong supporting foundations on both banks, without which it would surely collapse.  And so it is with the bridge to your positive future.  The stronger your foundation of gratitude, the greater the distance your bridge can take you.  And the strength of your gratitude depends on your awareness of the support you have to achieve your best possible life. . . .  Gratitude helps you recognize the support that you've received on your path to achieve the life you have.

David J. Pollay
The Three Promises


Practicing gratitude will help us more fully appreciate what has been offered us.  Being grateful influences our attitude; it softens our harsh exterior and takes the threat out of most new situations.



How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age.  Thanksgiving opens the doors.  It changes a child's personality.  A child is resentful, negative--or thankful.  Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

John Marks Templeton


Gratitude is heaven itself.

William Blake


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I suddenly realized how grateful I was for the absence of pain in my feet.
Then I started ticking off other absences for which I was grateful--
the absence of certain very difficult people in my life, the absence of feelings
of resentment toward those who have "wronged" me, the absence of feelings
of loss for relationships and things long gone--and on and on.
We have such a range of gratitude possibilities.

Anne Wilson Schaef


Expressing gratitude ignites the light within us and is a sure
path to joy.  Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations of
energy we can create, it's free, and anyone can give it.  It
can be as simple as being thankful for soup, being thankful
one can see, walk, wiggle a finger, or tap to a beat.  One
can be grateful for happy children, good neighbors, good luck,
and simply being alive. . . . Part of the journey toward joy
involves not waiting around for trouble, but being
continuously aware of our blessings.

Charlotte Davis Kasl


When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning
light, for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food
and the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving
thanks, the fault lies in yourself.



If the only prayer you say in your whole life
is "thank you," that would be enough.

Meister Eckhart


A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.  A complaining
soul complains even if he or she lives in paradise.



I am so grateful for gratitude, a magical magnet.
A natural expression of a loving heart,
The power of gratitude recharges our souls,
In giving thanks we help heal the world
And increase our abundance of blessings unknown.

Katherine Scherer and Eileen Bodoh



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Expand your gratitude for everything in the world and you will discover
more grace.  Gratitude keeps grace flowing through your life.

Susan Santucci

A desire to kneel down sometimes pulses through my body, or rather,
it is as if my body had been meant and made for the art of kneeling.
Sometimes, in moments of deep gratitude, kneeling
down becomes an overwhelming urge.

Etty Hillesum


Be grateful for what you do have, and you will find it increases.
I like to bless with love all that is in my life right now--my home,
the heat, water, light, telephone, furniture, plumbing, appliances,
clothing, transportation, jobs--the money I do have, friends,
my ability to see and feel and taste and touch and walk
and to enjoy this incredible planet.

Louise Hay


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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to
utter words, but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy


To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways
in which we are supported by the world around us.  Such a life
provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more
balanced.  We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given,

thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in
some concrete way for what we are receiving.

Gregg Krech


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



How easily we can forget how precious life is!  So long as we can remember,
we've just been here, being alive.  Unlike other things for which we have
a good comparison--black to white, day to night, good to bad--we are
so immersed in life that we can see it only in the context of itself.

We don't see life as compared to anything, to not-being, for example,
to never having been born.  Life just is.  But life itself is a gift.  It's a
compliment just being born:  to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing,

work, make love, for this particular lifetime.  Today, let's give
thanks for life.  For life itself.  For simply being born!

Daphne Rose Kingma


Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives.



It is gratitude that expands my ability to receive beauty in my life.  Lately,
as I step into the shower each morning, I say a prayer of gratitude for the
abundance of hot water that pours over my body, and I ask the water spirits to
cleanse my heart as my body is washed.  I am awed at the fortune in my life when I
think of how, in most times and places, only a privileged few--the wealthiest, the
most powerful--have been able to afford this pleasure that most ordinary people
in developed countries take for granted.  The gratitude I feel opens me to
this small moment of beauty in my life.




I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant,
and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

Khalil Gibran

In relation to others, gratitude is good manners; in relation
to ourselves, it is a habit of the heart and a spiritual discipline.

Daphne Rose Kingma


Be thankful for the smallest thing, and you will be
worthy to receive something greater.

Thomas Kempis

Because all things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.

Wallace Wattles

In the end, though, 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,
Eat, Pray, Love


Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you would respond with, "No, Jim,
thankfulness is not key to survival", and I would tend to agree with you.  Most
of us have probably already solved the necessary problems of survival, gone beyond
that and are now working to achieve our desires.  But let me give you this key phrase,
"Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." 
I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can
learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished.

Jim Rohn


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Steam seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.

Jules Verne

Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think
about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will
be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that come back
to you of more things to be grateful for.

Rhonda Byrne



Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys
or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings
the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents
of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth?

G.K. Chesterton

Have you ever considered the possibility that gratitude, thanksgiving,
and the power of forgiving could be as creative as other works
achieved in the world?  Every person may not be great according to
the terms of the world, but we can be grateful!  Perhaps true appreciation
is a fantastic kind of creativity that can lead to spiritual growth.  Let us
choose our lives with love and gratitude.  Let us use the laws of
thanksgiving and forgiving to bless ourselves and others and
make our lives more complete.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life

All I ask you to do today is open "the eyes of your eyes" and give your
life another glance.  Are your basic needs met?  Do you have a home?
Food on the table?  Clothes to wear?  Is there a regular paycheck
coming in?  Do you have dreams?  Do you have your health?  Can you
walk, talk, see the beauty that surrounds you, listen to the music that
stirs your soul or makes your feet want to boogie?  Do you have
family and friends whom you love and who love you?
Then pause a moment and give thanks.
Let your heart awaken to the transforming power of gratefulness.

Sarah Ban Breathnach
Simple Abundance


It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than
to complain about what is not given.  One or the other
becomes a habit of life.

Elisabeth Elliot

If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles
of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them
with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take
a magnet and sweep through it and how would it draw to itself the
almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction.  The
unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but
let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds
the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing.

Henry Ward Beecher

From the spiritual side:


If it is God who gives prayer, then God often gives it in the form
of gratitude, and gratitude itself, when it is received attentively
in prayer, is healing to the heart.

Roberta Bondi


The highest form of praise you can offer to yourself, to God and
to the world is to spend time each day expressing gratitude.  It
says to God that you are aware and appreciative of grace.  It says
to life that you are acknowledging its awesome presence in you.
It says to yourself that you are worth the time it takes to be healed.
Time spent in silence, contemplation and gratitude is time spent in
devotion to a higher calling and a more loving state of being.

Iyanla Vanzant


There is a good, healthful discontent, and there is a bad,
unwholesome discontent.  Unless you have a grateful heart,
a heart which lifts itself in earnest thanks to God for something,
then your discontent is probably purely selfish. There can be
no life which does not contain something to be grateful for,
and the habit of gratitude is one of the most powerful assets of
success and happiness which can be named.
   If you wake in the morning and say, "I thank God for this new
day of life and for whatever blessings are mine," then you can
safely say to yourself and to your Creator, afterward, that you
are not satisfied with your environment or with your situation,
and ask for strength and guidance to change it and better it.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.