It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of being grateful. I’ve been practicing gratitude for over a decade now and I truly believe gratitude makes my life infinitely better.
Here are 7 of my favourite quotes to inspire your gratitude practice along with my suggested tip on how you can put each of them into action in your own life.
1. “Gratitude puts everything into perspective.” – Danielle LaPorte
Gratitude truly is a powerful way to put everything in perspective. It helps to amplify the good experiences we have in our life and it can also help us to change our perception when we have a bad experience.
How you can put this into action: By exploring how you can use gratitude to change your perspective when you are having a not-so-awesome experience. You might like to use gratitude to explore how you can see the situation differently or to help you take something away from the experience.
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2. “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
This is one of my all-time gratitude quotes because I truly do believe – and have experienced myself – that gratitude does transform what we have into enough (and more!).
How you can put this into action: Next time you feel like you don’t have enough, use gratitude to shift your perspective. You might like to write down what you’re grateful for, focusing on what you DO have and why you appreciate these things.
3. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
There are so many people who have had a powerful influence on my life. And it’s easy to feel indebted to others that contribute to our lives and even to feel guilty about it. That’s where gratitude can come in and help us truly appreciate the people that have contributed to our lives and gotten us to where we are today.
How you can put this into action: By writing down the people that have contributed to your life and focus on why you appreciate them. You can also take this to the next level by writing it to the actual person and sending it to them in an email or in the mail.
4. “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
If you focus on what you don’t have then you will always be stuck in that lack mentality and it will never (ever) feel like you have enough. Gratitude can help us be okay with – and appreciate – what we do have now (whatever that may be) and it can also help us to call in more of what we do want.
How you can put this into action: When you find yourself feeling like you don’t have enough of something in particular and you want more of it in your life. To shift your perception you can focus on what you’re grateful for that you already do have that is related to what you want more of. For example if you want more love in your life, you could explore being grateful for the way love is showing up in your life currently.
5. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
I love how this quote illustrates that being grateful doesn’t have to be complicated. That simply a sincere “thank you” is sufficient. Even though this is simple, I truly believe that being thankful – and saying thank you for life and to others – is incredibly powerful.
How you can put this into action: Choose to make “thank you” your verbal or silent mantra as you go about your day. When something happens that you appreciate think to yourself “thank you”, when someone does something that you appreciate tell them “thank you” and so on.
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6. “Acknowledge the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
It’s so easy to move through each day being unaware of – and not appreciating – how lucky we are. No matter what, there is always something to be grateful for. Taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the good in our life is a rapid-fire way to feel more abundant.
How you can put this into action: Explore what are you grateful for in your life that you usually take for granted and why you appreciate these things.
7. “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
Expressing your gratitude is important, but truly feeling grateful and living your gratitude — that’s even more powerful. It’s awesome to take the time to express your gratitude by writing it down or expressing it verbally, but truly feeling grateful and living from that place is life-changing.
How you can put this into action: Focus on what you would be like if you were your most grateful self. Ask yourself: How would I respond to this situation if I was my most grateful self? How would I go about my day if I was truly grateful for everything? Don’t just practice gratitude each day – truly live it.
Now I’d love to hear from you in the comments below: What’s your favourite gratitude quote?
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