In preparation for my recent "Cultivate Gratitude through Gentle Yoga & Essential Oils" workshop at The Yoga Effect, held the Friday evening prior to Thanksgiving, I researched and read several books and multiple articles on gratitude.
As this month of Thanksgiving comes to a close, I would like to share a few quotes on gratitude that spoke to me during my reading, and which I included in my handout for the workshop. Perhaps some of these words will have meaning for you, as well...
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust
“Gratitude is like a flashlight. If you go out in your yard at night and turn on a flashlight, you suddenly can see what’s there. It was always there, but you couldn’t see it in the dark.”
- Dawna Markova
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
- Ralph H. Blum
“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
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives."
- John F. Kennedy
“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.”
- Alfred Painter
“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or actions for the expression of gratitude.”
- Albert Schweitzer
"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
"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."
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity… 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."