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Thankful Quotes to Change Your Perspective

These thankful quotes will help you look at your life through a new lens.

Life can be hard and everyone goes through difficult periods from time to time.

During those times it’s easy to only focus on the bad things.

But the more you focus on the bad, the harder it is to notice the good things that you have in your life.

That’s why it’s so important to keep a mindset of gratitude at all times.

When you do focus on what you’re thankful for instead of all the problems in your life, it can change the way you think of everything.

Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thoughtful thankful quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Also check out these gratitude quotes celebrating, life and love.

Thankful quotes for when you feel like you don’t have enough

1. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”- Henry Ward Beecher

2. “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”— Steve Maraboli

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

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

5. “I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.” – Jon Pardi

6. “There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.” – Joyce Meyer

7. “We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.”- Carlos Castaneda

8. “Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.”- Ellen Hopkins

9. “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.”- Tecumseh

10. “Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.”- Horace

Thankful Quotes for appreciating your family

11. “My advice: Take a second out of the day and be thankful for your family.”- Jenna Morasca

12. “Family is the most important thing in the world.” – Princess Diana

13. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

14. “I am thankful for each and every day that I am blessed to receive, to spend in this life with my family.”- Karen Madewell

15. “Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless. Your health is wealth. Your time is gold.”- Anonymous

16. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

17. “Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” – Jenna Morasca

18. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.” – Lee Lacocca

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Thankful quotes on the power of gratitude

19. “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

21. “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.”- A.J. Cronin

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22. “Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins

23. “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

24. “An attitude of gratitude brings great things.”— Yogi Bhajan

25. “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

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

27. “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.”- Henry Van Dyke

28. “The best way to appreciate life is to be grateful.” – Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

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

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

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

Inspiration thankful quotes

32. “When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” – Suze Orman

33. “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” — Henry Ward Beecher

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

35. “There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful.” — Chrissy Metz

36. “Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.” – Elizabeth Bibesco

37. “I’m thankful for every moment.” Al Green

38. “Thankfulness, gratitude and being able to serve others are the foundation of character.”- Jim Loehr

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

40. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life.” – Gerald Good

Being thankful for friends quotes

41. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”- Marcel Proust

42. “Since our yesterdays are gone and tomorrow is never promised, today I want to thank all my amazing friends and family for being in my life.”- Steven Aitchison

More thankful quotes

43. “I’m always grateful for this moment, the now, no matter what it takes.”-Eckhart Tolle

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

45. “I am what I am, I am doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.”- LL Cool J

46. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”— Randy Rausch

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

48. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”- William Blake

49. “Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” – Travis Barker

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50. “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”- Anonymous

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Other thankful quotes to brighten your day

51. “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” – Roy T. Bennett

52. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Anonymous

53. “Life is the most important thing. I thank God for the gift of life.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

54. “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” – Anonymous

55. “Be thankful for the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser, and humble. Don’t let them break you. Let them make you.” – Unknown

56. “Be thankful for the moments, the things you have, and the life you live.” – Wazim Shaw

57. “So grateful for the people who heard me when I was silent and saw me when I was invisible.” – Steve Maraboli

58. “Saying thank you is more than good manners, it is good spirituality.” – Alfred Agache

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

60. “There are many things which I am thankful for in my life, and you are at the top of the list.” – Unknown

Inspirational Thankful Quotes

61. “The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust

62. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

63. “We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” Albert Barnes

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

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

66. “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

67. “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” – Stephen King

68. “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

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

70. “Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Inspirational Thankful Quotes to Express Your Appreciation and Be Grateful

71. “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

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72. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

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

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

75. “Take full account of what excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” Marcus Aurelius

76. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou

77. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie

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

79. “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

80. “Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Thankful Quotes To Help Others Find Joy in Gratefulness

81. “My first thought in the morning is thank you for another day.” ― Karon Waddell

82. “Gratefulness heightens awareness.” ― A.D. Posey

83. “A great life evolves with gratitude.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

84. “Thanksgiving is an attitude that must be rooted in the ‘gift of life’ if we ever hope to be thankful for the ‘gifts’ of life.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

85. “Have the wisdom to perceive all there is to be thankful for, and then be thankful for the wisdom to perceive things so clearly.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

86. “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” ― Alan Cohen

87. “You will find joy in everyday life with a heart of thankfulness.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

88. “The more grateful you are, the more your life overflows with abundance.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

89. “Be thankful for the disasters that warn you clearly before they come!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

90. “When things are bad, be thankful…they are not as bad as they could be.” ― Dixie Waters

What are you thankful for?

Hopefully reading through these quotes helped you think of the things that you’re thankful for in your own life.

Gratitude is powerful and can change your outlook and attitude going forward.

However, it’s important to understand that gratitude is not a one and done thing.

If you don’t continue to think about the things you’re thankful for, it’s easy to forget.

That’s why you should take at least a few minutes out of each day to think about those things.

It can also be helpful to keep a gratitude list that you can read when you need to be reminded of all those things.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these thankful quotes and sayings?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Stephanie Kirby
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