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82 Awesome Gratitude Quotes to Inspire an Attitude of Gratitude

Updated: Apr 29

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It’s so easy to forget to be or not even realise just how grateful we are for everything we have in our lives, and sometimes we may get so caught up with the things that are wrong or the things we lack that we don’t even see the things we have to be grateful for.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little we have, we all have things to be grateful for.


When we see others with more than us or with something we want, it can make us sometimes feel hard done by.  But what about all the things we do have? Do we remember to show our gratitude or are we so busy complaining about what we don’t have (and feel we should have) that we forget to feel and express gratitude for all the good and wonderful things in our lives?


It has been well documented by many that showing your gratitude is the first rule for attracting more good things, things you want into your life. In fact, it has been proven that expressing genuine gratitude is one of the most powerful things you can do and the effect that it has on your life is quite unimaginable.

And the best part is that nothing negative can ever come from expressing gratitude, so even if you don’t believe that it can have the profound effect I am writing about, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying it. So why not give it a go?


Learning to feel grateful for the things you already have is just as simple as thinking of all the things that are good in your life, think of all the good times you have had, the loving people, the kindness of strangers you have received, the beauty in nature, the roof over your head, the food on your table, the job that allows you to pay for it all, your family, your pets, the sun on your back, the glow of the moon in the dark night sky…


What will you add to the list of things to be grateful for?


Keep reading for 82 awesome gratitude quotes to get you thinking about all the wonderful things you already have in your life.

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“Be grateful for what you have; you’ll end up having much more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

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“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

“Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” - Robert Holden

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” - Deepak Chopra

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” - Gerald Good

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” - Jacques Maritain

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” - Randy Pausch

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

“Put some gratitude into your attitude. There is always something to be thankful for.” - Rhonda Byrne

“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” - Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

“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

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience; this is the ideal life.” - Mark Twain

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” - Stephen Richards

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

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” - Albert Clarke

“My day begins with gratitude and joy. I look forward with enthusiasm to the adventures of the day, knowing that in my life, all is good.” - Louise Hay

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we leaned 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

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

“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

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

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“Gratitude doesn't change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colours.” - Richelle E. Goodrich

“Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have.” - Michael Bernhard Beckwith

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” - Hannah Whitall Smith

“We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.” - Henry Van Dyke

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are – when you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” - Lao tzu

“Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.” - Brian Tracy

“Gratitude is one of the sweetest shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there is always something to be grateful for.” - Barry Neil Kaufman

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“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” - Melody Beattie

“I love being grateful for the sounds, sights, smells, tastes and happenings around me. I always want to feel this alive!” - Unknown

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“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

“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

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” - Cynthia Ozick

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” - Steve Maraboli

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

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

“Appreciation is the purest vibration that exists on the planet today. So let it flow.” - Abraham Hicks

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“I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person that was bitter.” - Nick Vujicic

“A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” - Bruce Wilkinson

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "thank you" that would suffice.” - Eckhart Tolle

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” - Dr. Robert Holden

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” - Willie Nelson

“Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone.” - Gertrude Stein

“If you want to be on speaking terms with happiness, learn the language of gratitude.” – Unknown

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it's all an experience.” - Roy T. Bennett

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“It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” - Germany Kent

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” - Margaret Cousins

“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

“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

“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.” - Emmanuel Dagher

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

“Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth.” - Zig Ziglar

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” - John Ortberg

“Count your blessings so you will lose count of your problems!” - Cece McGhee

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

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“Every day, think as you wake up, 'today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.'” - Dalai Lama

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” - Shauna Niequist

“Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.” - Mary Davis

“When we focus on gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” - Kristin Armstrong

“Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, but the realisation of how much you already have.” – Unknown

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It's the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” - Amy Collette

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” - Brene Brown

“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

“When the world moves too fast and you lose yourself on the chaos, introduce yourself to each colour of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” - Christy Ann Martine

“The proper response to life is applause.” - William Carlos Williams

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“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” - Sarah ban Breathnach

I thought that this was a great quote to end with, as the change in attitude is far more powerful than most of us believe possible.

What’s your favourite gratitude quote? I love for you to let me know so i can include it next time 😊

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