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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.
30 Gratitude Quotes That Inspire Us to Be More Appreciative
The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
We learned about gratitude and humility—that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean … and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
An attitude of gratitude brings great things.
Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.
If you only say one prayer in a day, make it thank you.
I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
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
Have gratitude for the things you’re discarding. By giving gratitude, you’re giving closure to the relationship with that object, and by doing so, it becomes a lot easier to let go.
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.
Reflect upon your present moment of blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.
May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.
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The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.
See also A Practice of Gratitude