Dear Reader: As I prepare the table and tummies for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving celebration, I am reminded of countless feelings of gratitude. From our health, to our beloved friends and family, to our wonderful community of readers and letter writers, we have so much to be grateful for, both big and small.
Here are some of my favorite quotes about gratitude.
“The important thing in life is whether you take things for granted or accept them with gratitude.” — GK Chesterton
“When you wake up in the morning, give thanks for the food and the joie de vivre. If you see no reason to be grateful, it’s your fault.”
“The funny thing about life is that when you start paying attention to the things you are grateful for, you start to lose sight of what you lack.” — Kent Deutschland
“My whole life turned around when I started counting my blessings.” — Willie Nelson
“He is a wise man who does not grieve over what he does not have, but rejoices over what he has.” — Epictetus
“Let’s thank those who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom.”
“Be grateful for all the good that comes your way and develop a habit of continuous gratitude. And since everything contributed to your progress, your gratitude should include everything. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“An unthankful heart finds no mercy. But a grateful heart will find some heavenly blessing every hour.”—Henry Ward Beecher
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” — Brené Brown
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It is the spark that ignites joy in your soul.” — Amy Collette
“Think of the present blessings that all men have in abundance, not of the past misfortunes that everyone experiences.” – Charles Dickens
“I still appreciate all the stars. One by one.” — Marissa Meyer
“Gratitude enriches your day and can even change your life. All it takes is your willingness to put it into words.” — Margaret Cousins
“Don’t ruin what you have by wanting what you don’t have. Remember that what you have now was once in what you just wanted. Epicurus
“Piglet realized that even though he has a very small heart, he can still put in a fair amount of gratitude.” — AA Milne
“If the only prayer you said is gratitude, that is enough.” — Meister Eckhart
“Gratitude is not only the highest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Life is so beautiful when people are grateful.” — Roy T. Bennett
“When we express gratitude, we must never forget that the highest gratitude is not to say the words, but to live them.” — President John F. Kennedy
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— Annie Lane, a Californian, writes her advice column dear Annie from her home in the New York City suburbs where she lives with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Her latest anthology is How can I forgive my cheating partner?featuring favorite columns on marriage, infidelity, communication, and reconciliation, is available as paperback and e-book. Dear Annie, please email email@example.com with any questions. Click here to read previous columns. Opinions expressed are her own.