It is not happiness that makes us grateful; it is gratefulness that makes us happy.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Because we have so much – food, shelter, clothing, “extras” we think of it as the norm. Yet, most of the people on earth do not enjoy these basic necessities or many comforts. To us, our abundance feels like a given not a gift. Since we rarely lack these things, it’s hard to remember to acknowledge their presence or to remember our brothers and sisters whose lives are a constant struggle for survival. Reflection on this reminds us to see and take in the richness and beauty we enjoy in the world. Finding ways to share our abundance helps us to express our gratefulness to the One who is the source of all we have.
I will bless God at all times:
God’s praise shall ever be on my lips
End each day by clearing your mind and remembering the people and resources that made it a blessing. Educate yourself to conditions under which other people live and find ways to offer assistance.
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
1 Corinthians 4:7
Gratitude emerges in almost all religious thinking. The most obvious reason is that we are creatures and owe our existence to a Creator. Yet those who do not believe in a Creator perhaps find the greatest reason to be grateful. If this world is all we’ve got, it is all the more precious. Cherish it and live each moment for all it’s worth.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
William A. Ward
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
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.
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.