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175 Powerful Gratitude Quotes to Uplift You (+ Free Printable)

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How do you get a grateful attitude?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself often these days.

Like many others, stress and anxiety have been high in our home this year. At times, I feel I’ve lost perspective.

Last week, I sat at my gratitude journal and took loooong minutes trying to recall just a few blessings. It was a struggle.

But, then I watched the popular Broadway show Hamilton and remembered that just being born in my country and time period is an INCREDIBLE blessing.

Why is it so easy to forget this? And can inspiring gratitude quotes help?

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I believe so! So, let’s take a step towards remembering the blessings in our lives.

And develop an attitude of gratitude that we can take into our days with a sense of appreciation and wonder. Regardless of outside circumstances and any hardships we face, there is always good to be found.

*Read these easy gratitude practices if you’re looking for more ways to increase your thankfulness.

The Power of Gratitude Messages

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But, why are these gratitude messages so important?

We ALL need reminders to appreciate the small, often overlooked goodness in the day.

Because being grateful makes you happier (source). When you choose to savor the good stuff, you are enhancing your positive emotions, tossing depression to the curb, and turning yourself into a more optimistic and giving person.

Couldn’t we ALL use a little more of that?

Attitude of Gratitude Quotes for the Family

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Furthermore, since many of us have kids, the following gratitude quotes are split into:

  • Inspirational gratitude quotes for anyone
  • Short quotes that are perfect for families with kids
  • A free wall art printable for your home!
  • More ways to enhance your state of thankfulness

Post these quotes around your house, draw them out of a jar at dinnertime, or read one every day at breakfast.

Before you know it, you’ll be appreciating your life in new and profound ways.

Profound Love and Gratitude Quotes

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1.“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.– Oprah Winfrey

2. “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.”Albert Einstein

3. “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum

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

5. “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”Alphonse Karr

6. “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

7. “Happiness cannot be traveled to owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

8. “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens

9. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth

10. “Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.” – Rhonda Byrne

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

attitude of gratitude messages: gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not the mind

12. “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” —Bethany Hamilton

13. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy

14. “Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seekers life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.” -Sri Chinmoy

15. “Remember that what you now have was once among the things that you had hoped for.” – Epicurus

16. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” —Voltaire

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

18. “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James

19. “The root of joy is gratefulness.” David Steindl-Rast

20. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” —Cicero

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

22. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault

23. “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

24. “The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches.

It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” —Michael Josephson

25. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”Melody Beattie

26. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”Charles Schwab

27. “Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” – Larissa Gomez

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

"Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out." - John Wooden

*See: This list of simple pleasures for specific examples of good in your life!

29. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden

30. “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

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

32. “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” -Alfred North Whitehead

33. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” —Thornton Wilder

34. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

—W. T. Purkiser

35. “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”Jim Rohn

36. “I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.” – Amy Poehler

37. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” – Roy T. Bennett

Inspirational Gratitude Quotes on Being Thankful

On a survey, 90% of American teens and adults indicated that expressing gratitude made them “extremely happy” or “somewhat happy”.

What a great indicator that these grateful for life quotes can improve your mental health!

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38. “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

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

40. “Forget yesterday–it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow–you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift–today.” -Steve Maraboli

41. “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

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

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43. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”— Brian Tracy

44. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.

And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

45. “It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.”Anonymous

46. “When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.”Jennifer Gayle

47. “The invariable mark of wisdom is to seek the miraculous in the common.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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49. “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” -Naomi Williams

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

51. “Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.

To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”— Alan Cohen

Grateful Heart Quotes

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52.“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.”– Sonja Lyubomirsky

53.“…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”– David Steindl-Rast

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

55. “Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.”– Zig Ziglar

56. “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”– Plato

57. “Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” – Albert Schweitzer

58. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” Ernest Hemingway

59. “For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.”—Elie Wiesel

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

 61. “Be grateful in your own hearts. That suffices. Thanksgiving has wings, and flies to its right destination.” —Victor Hugo

62. “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” —Vietnamese Proverb

63. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”Neal A. Maxwell

64. “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say.” —Alice Walker

65. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”Harry A. Ironside

66. “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Brontë

67. “Whatever we are waiting for—peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance—it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”Sarah Ban Breathnach

68. “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.

I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” – Walter Anderson

69. “Today, I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.”— Anonymous

70. “Things must be felt with the heart.”— Helen Keller

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Wake Up With Gratitude Quotes

71. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” —Tecumseh

72. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned 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

73. “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

74. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

75. “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” – Tony Robbins

76. “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

77. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing planet Earth. In the morning, I wake up with a sense of gratitude.” – Earl Nightingale

78. “For me, a lovely day is any day I wake up.” – Author: Bernie Siegel

79. “Wake up, dance with the light of the morning sun. Enjoy the warmth of her love,
fell the joy of life, feel the joy of deepest gratitude.”
– Debasish Mridha

80. “May you wake with gratitude.”— Anonymous

81. “My day begins and ends with gratitude.”— Louise Hay

82. “We forget that waking up each day is the first thing we should be grateful for.” – Unknown

83. “When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful
world, I thank God I am alive.”
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindness and Gratitude Quotes

 A 2014 study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. A simple “thank you” signals that you are open to connection.

So, use these quotes to remind you to be grateful to others too.

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84. “One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

85. “Make it a habit to tell people, ‘thank you.’ To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.” – Ralph Marston

86. “Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” —Ralph Marston

 87. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” —W. T. Purkiser

88. “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” —Albert Schweitzer

89. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”— John F. Kennedy

90. “Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

91. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

92. “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.”— Confucius

93. “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”— Confucius

Be Grateful Quotes

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94. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”— Dalai Lama

95. “A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.”— Mason Cooley

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

97. “We must never forget the importance of gratitude.”— Anonymous

98. “Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining–it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.”— Zig Ziglar

99. When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”— Elie Wiesel

100. “It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.”— Roberto Benigni

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

102. “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”— Alfred North Whitehead

103. “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.” – Thomas Merton

104. “I think that real friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds.” – Stephen King

105. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Masaru Emoto

106. “Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.”— Sara Avant Stover

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

108. “The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” – Henri Nouwen

109. “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

110. “It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now—and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” – Joanna Gaines

111. “It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.

And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Wallace D. Wattles

112. “Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” – Jim Fargiano

113.“The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”— Seneca

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

115. “Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have, and you will attract more good things.”— Rhonda Byrne

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50 Short Gratitude Quotes for Kids

These attitude of gratitude quotes are short and sweet. This makes them ideal for kids, but also perfect for a quick lift or when you want to write a quote on a notecard to look at often.

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1. “God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” – William Arthur Ward

2. “Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.”— Mason Cooley

3. “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”— Richard Bach

4. “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”— Rumi

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

6.“We can choose to be grateful no matter what.”— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

7.“Enough’ is a feast.”— Buddhist proverb

8. “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” —Maya Angelou

This is a wonderful day, I've never seen this one before.

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9. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” – Robert Braathe

10. “My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” -Maureen McCullough

11. “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day

12. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. – A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh

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

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

15. “The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsh

16. “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”— Anonymous

17. “There is always something to be grateful for.”— Anonymous

18. “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see. Quotes about being grateful for life

19. “What can you do right now to turn your life around? Gratitude”– The Secret

20. “…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”– David Steindl-Rast

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

22. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”– Maya Angelou

23. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”– Tony Robbins

24. “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” —Meister Eckhart

25. “Stop now. Enjoy the moment. It’s now or never.”— Maxime Lagacé

 26. “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” Charlotte to Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)

27. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

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

29. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone

30. “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

31. “I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.”— Confucius

32. A good answer to failures and critics is indifference. A wise answer is gratitude.” – Maxime Lagacé

33. “The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

34. “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”— Frank A. Clark

35. “I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” – Reba McEntire

36. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”— James Allen

37. “So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”— Helen Keller

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

39. “When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.” – Jennifer Gayle

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

41. “Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” – Steve Maraboli

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42. “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” – Douglas Wood

43. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”— Maya Angelou

44. “I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” – Will Arnett

45. “Always have an attitude of gratitude.” – Sterling K. Brown

46. “When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It’s about having an attitude of gratitude.” – Miranda Kerr

47. “The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

48. “Our favorite attitude should be gratitude.”— Zig Ziglar

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

50. “Every once in a while God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Free Gratitude Journal Prompts

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Are you looking to use these gratitude quotes in a daily practice?

Write one in your gratitude journal each morning and then answer a journal prompt as well. Here are a few to get you started:

1. Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.

2. What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)

3. What challenge did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?

4. What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?

5. What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?

*Find 100 more gratitude journal prompts and the ultimate list of Thankful Thursday ideas here >>

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To Consider With Positive Gratefulness Quotes

Now, let’s move forward with our eyes wide open to the wonders and joys that surround us. Join me in putting these gratitude quotes in your home or office to encourage an attitude of gratitude for yourself and your kids this year.

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  1. I felt so Happy to read this gratitude quotes. These are so useful to My day to day life. I am so grateful to you.

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