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50 Grateful Quotes Sure to Add Perspective to Your Life

Published on January 26, 2020 7:00 AM EST
Grateful Quotes Sure to Add Perspective to Your Life

It is not always easy to find something to be grateful for, but I believe that it is always necessary for our well being to do so. These grateful quotes will help remind you of the importance of focusing on what you do have, instead of the things that you do not. It is hard to remain sad and despondent when you are truly grateful. 

How has gratitude impacted your life?

Gratitude is an underrated virtue that could improve your life immensely, but it takes daily practice. Much like exercise helps build muscle, daily practicing of gratitude helps build-up our psyche. Writing this article was a reminder to practice an attitude of gratitude for myself, and encouraged me to find other ways to practice gratitude, which I have included at the end for you!

Grateful Quotes Sure to Add Perspective to Your Life

To add perspective to your life, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and encouraging grateful quotes and sayings, collected from various sources over the years.

Also check out these living in the moment quotes that will remind you to enjoy life.

Grateful quotes to help you feel positive emotions

1. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”― Anthony Robbins

2. “Gratitude is a key that unlocks the door to a joyful spirit. When days go by without gratefulness, the door can feel stuck, causing an emptiness inside. The door becomes un-wedged and reopens once you refocus on what you are grateful for. If you have draining days, reach deep within your heart and reintroduce gratitude to refill your spirit with joy.”― Jackie Cantoni

3. “Gratitude is the foundation of compassion.”― Master Jun Hong Lu

4. “It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.”― Jane Austen

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5. “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”― Brené Brown

6. “Appreciation has the amazing habit of bringing more reasons to be grateful for.” ― Isabella Koldras

7. “I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” ― Habeeb Akande

8. “Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.” ― Gza

9. “Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life – this I know for sure.” ― Oprah Winfrey

Grateful quotes that will make you appreciate nature

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

11. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”― Alphonse Karr

12. “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

13. “Nature happens, but sometimes, if you’re not told just how special it is, you take it for granted. The same can be true with people.” ― Julieanne O’Connor

14. “Gratitude is a vibration that resonates with Mother Earth.”― Tracy R.L. O’Flaherty

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15. “Not everyone was privileged to see another sunrise like you did, so before you start complaining; remember that the breath of life, is not for sale.” ― Gift Gugu Mona

16. “If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it.” ― Kyo Maclear

17. “Ok. It’s possible that birds may sing just for the joy of it.” ― Kyo Maclear

Grateful quotes to make you wiser

18. “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

19. “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.”― Epicurus

20. “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

21. “Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.” ― C.S. Lewis

22. “Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone’s day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.” ― Roy T. Bennett

23. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

24. “The world is 3 days: As for yesterday, it has vanished along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it.” ― Hasan Al-Basri

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25. “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

26. “An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” ― Yogi Bhajan

27. “You’re taught to “be grateful” for everything. But have you ever been taught to “be grateful” for yourself? In 2020, be grateful for yourself. Make that a promise.” ― C. JoyBell C.

28. “Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” ― Stephen Richards

29. “Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.” ― Richie Norton

30. “By allowing myself to just be, I give myself space to purr in gratitude. I am the observer. I allow myself the time and space I need.” ― Petra Poje

31. “Gratitude is a virtue of the rarest kind.” ― K.Hari Kumar

32. “If you woke up this morning, you have reason to be grateful. If you lie your head on a pillow tonight, you have reason to give thanks. Don’t take a single day for granted. They run out.” ― Toni Sorenson

33. “Gratitude opens your eyes to the endless opportunities that expectation has hidden.” ― Steve Maraboli

Grateful quotes to inspire happiness

34. “The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.” ― Jaggi Vasudev

35. “I am one of the happiest gals you know because I choose it every single day. I choose to practice gratitude; I choose to surround myself with things and people who support positivity.” ― Rachel Hollis

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36. “Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli

37. “When you live gratefully and joyfully every day is a holiday.” ― Marty Rubin

38. “If life is a cup of tea, gratitude is the honey that makes it sweet.” ― Natasha Potter

39. “Nothingness is the beginning of everything. Fret not that you have nothing; be merry that you have a canvas upon which to paint your own reality.” ― Kayambila Mpulamasaka

40. “Happiness in your heart is directly proportional to the quality of thoughts in your mind.” ― Asma Naqi

41. “Gratitude is the secret to happiness.”― Mahrukh

Quotes about being grateful when it is difficult 

42. “Life-changing gratitude does not fasten to a life unless nailed through with one very specific nail at a time.” ― Ann Voskamp

43. “Gratitude is often caused not by gain but by loss.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

44. “No matter how bad or sad I feel, I can switch how I feel in any given moment. That’s our power. It’s in our reactions. Once I start noticing myself slipping into misery, I can end it right there! I do it by seeing all the love already present in my life. I do it by seeing all the abundance of things to be grateful for in my life. Once I get back to feeling good about myself again, more things will start to appear in my life.” ― Jason Micheal Ratliff

45. “Be grateful for each day, even the dark ones.” ― Pepper Winters

46. “May there never be a haze over your eyes preventing you from looking at your life just the way you planned it. Through the bumps, twists, and turns in your journey, let it make you wiser. Embrace life’s lessons with gratitude and appreciation and then move forward with an open heart and mind.” ― Ron Baratono

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47. “Be grateful for the tests, difficulties, and challenges you are going through because it’s preparing you for the Next Level and your Breakthrough.” ― Jeanette Coron

48. “Everyone has hardship. Everyone has struggle. No one is immune. You can live this life focusing on your hardship and struggle. Or, you can choose to make the most of each and every moment you are gifted with.” ― Akiroq Brost

49. “When we pause to contemplate, all of our problems are simply our privileges in disguise.” ― Dr. Salma Farook

50. “When you look at Van Gogh, Jesus, Buddha, Mother Teresa from a “fiscal” perspective, they were homeless. When you look at them from a humanity perspective, they were priceless.” ― Natalie Pace

What did you learn from these grateful quotes?

Hopefully, these quotes inspired you to start being more grateful in your life. As promised here are just a few ways that you can practice gratitude daily: 

  • Perform a random act of kindness each day
  • Keep a gratitude journal and add to it daily 
  • Post quotes and images about gratitude around your home
  • Spend time quietly in nature each day
  • Don’t gossip or speak badly of others

What tips do you have for incorporating gratitude in your everyday routine? Do you have any other inspirational grateful quotes to add? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, along with some of your favorite gratitude quotes!

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