Gratitude is a powerful form of mindfulness. Recording what you are grateful for and going out of your way to thank the people in your life can improve your mental and physical health, boost happiness, reduce depression, and even improve your relationships, according to a growing body of research on gratitude.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can be particularly helpful for those who have depressive or self-defeating thoughts, as well as those with a reactive personality who habitually notice everything that's wrong in a situation.
In your yoga practice, you can express gratitude by setting an intention to appreciate every moment, making your movements an offering, counting your blessings instead of your breath, and focusing on the positive.
Cultivating this attitude of gratitude off the mat is just as important, and can be a tough thing to pull off when life gets busy.
That’s why we’ve compiled 30 inspiring gratitude quotes—words of wisdom from everyone from Yogi Bhajan and Deepak Chopra to Michelle Obama—that inspire us to keep up our daily gratitude practice.