Gratitude can help you achieve goals by learning from the past. It is the quality of being thankful for where you have been and for where you are now. Through ups and downs, gratitude makes you appreciative for the experiences you have had, and helps you look past those experiences so you can focus on your future. Being grateful for what you have right now can help you learn from past mistakes and grow.
From an aspiring entrepreneur to a motivational leader for a large company, you know where you have been and where you are headed. Being thankful for the challenging moments, and reflective on how they made you stronger, will give you courage to embrace the moments ahead.
Melody Beattie, author of Gratitude: Affirming the Good Things in Life says it perfectly, “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.”
To inspire us to be grateful and appreciative every day, we have gathered a list of compelling quotes to help us reflect on what gratitude is, and how it can help us to live a more fulfilling life:
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
– Charles Dickens
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – – – – Robert Brault
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.
– Barry Neil Kaufman
“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
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
– Alfred North Whitehead
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
– Neal A. Maxwell
“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
– Stephen Richards
“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
“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
“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”
– Robert Quillen