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50 Thanksgiving Messages, Wishes and Greetings

Thanksgiving Day is one of the best times of the year we use to remind ourselves of the many reasons to be grateful. A day to enjoy and relax, Thanksgiving is also a great day to catch up with family and friends. And one of the things that make every Thanksgiving better is receiving a message early in the morning. With that in mind, we have some messages, wishes, and quotes that will help craft a Thanksgiving card.

50 Thanksgiving Wishes

1. I hope all good things in life are yours, not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout the entire year as well.
2. We live far away from each other, and our homes are far apart, but our hearts are always close. I am thankful to have you in my life.
3. Sometimes, we forget to tell people thank you for being in our lives. Today, I will try to make up for all the times I’ve forgotten to say thank you for helping me and being there. You are special and my life is better because of you.
4. It is not just the festivities that make Thanksgiving special. It is a time to ponder upon the lessons we learnt through the year, and the happiness we spread around. So, look back at the memories of the year, and look forward to another great year.
5. Sending you our best wishes and thoughts for a memorable Thanksgiving. Receive them with warm appreciation.
6. We are part of something wonderful. We are friends, but also family. You will be loved for the rest of your life, and I am thankful for having you. Happy Thanksgiving.
7. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. I am happy to have you by my side. Happy Thanksgiving to the person closest to my heart.
8. May you wake up every morning with renewed hopes and great values. I am hoping God blesses you with long and cheerful life. Happy Thanksgiving.
9. One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing people close to you Happy Holiday Season and a healthy life.
10. Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. We are blessed and lucky to enjoy life, and we must remember that every day of our life.

11. I am thankful for the unconditional love and unwavering support you are giving me. Thank you for being real and being you. Happy Thanksgiving.
12. We must thank the Lord for the wonderful life he has given to us. Here is hoping we have many more holidays to celebrate.
13. Your excellence drives everyone to success. Thank you and a happy Thanksgiving from all here.
14. A picture perfect table, positive mood, and lots of laughs on this special holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.
15. Here is hoping you are bestowed upon with the best of everything. Wishing you have the strength to surpass any obstacle life throws at you. Have a blessed holiday.
16. We are sending you thanksgiving wishes across the miles from our house to yours. Here is hoping your home is filled with happiness and joy.
17. I just want to express my sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. I am thankful to have you in my life, and I extend my best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday.
18. Let’s pause to count our blessings. Let’s start with the freedom in which we live. And then continue to the friendships and relationships we have. It is truly a gift, and we are thankful for all those things.
19. May stuffing be tasty, your turkey plump, your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump, and your yams be delicious. And of course, your pie should take the prize for a best Thanksgiving ever.
20. Thanksgiving is a time to remember and embrace those who enrich our life. I may be thankful for a lot of things, but mostly, I am thankful to have you.

21. I want to let you know that I appreciate you every single day. Not just on this special holiday. But today, I want to say thank you for being in my life.
22. I hope that you are surrounded with the love of your dear ones. Happy festive season and holiday to you and your family.
23. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love and cheer, but also full tummies. Happy holiday.
24. With your friends and family near, this is your chance to make this day as special as you can. Thank them with your heart. Happy Holiday.
25. Simply put, Thanksgiving is the time of the year when we celebrate and relish the turkey. I hope you have lots of fun on this special holiday.
26. This is another moment to embrace those who enrich our lives. It is a moment to recall significant experiences that have brought changes in our lives. It is a time to feel gratified, and I am most grateful for you dear one. Have a memorable season.
27. May you have a memorable Thanksgiving as I wish you happiness, joy and many wonderful memories in this special holiday season.
28. Receive these greetings with overflowing love and many blessings for a long and healthy life. May this day fill your heart with renewed hope and a grateful spirit. Have an unforgettable thanksgiving.
29. Our thoughts are with you at this joyous thanksgiving celebration, as we send to you warm appreciation and so much love. Have a joyous Thanksgiving.
30. Receive our best wishes for a cheerful Thanksgiving. May your life be full of good health and prosperity as we celebrate Thanksgiving day.

31. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are”- Joyce Giraud
32. I wish you a Thanksgiving that is filled with blessings. May everything good be bestowed upon your life and may you have the boldness to overcome any obstacle. May this be a new year of greatness to you. Happy Thanksgiving Day.
33. Thanksgiving is a special season since it gives us another chance to spread joy, reminisce on wonderful memories, contemplate on the lessons we have learned and appreciate the people in our lives. I wish you an incredible Thanksgiving Day to you and your family.
34. Receive warm Thanksgiving greetings that transverse from our home to yours. I hope to hear laughter and merry making from your house. Have a memorable Thanksgiving.
35. May this thanksgiving be filled with many blessings and immeasurable joy. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
36. Have a cheerful Thanksgiving with tummies filled with turkey.
37. Sometimes, life can put us in troubled situations and sadness. However, giving thanks no matter the situation, links us directly to God and the angels. So take time to appreciate the craziness that life comes with and our lives will be filled with more joy.
38. Another time is here to think about all the special people in our lives and to be grateful for the times we have shared. Enjoy this Thanksgiving.
39. With family and friends near, bond and make every moment as special as you can. Let them know how grateful of them you are. Happy Thanksgiving.
40. Other than the mouth-watering turkey, splendid clothes and beautiful friends, let us remember to be grateful for the memories made in the past and look forward to making much more. Have a joyous Thanksgiving.

41. I wish you best wishes and a warm season for this wonderful holiday. Make it a happy new year.
42. You hold a dear place in my heart, and during this Thanksgiving, you remain in my heart and prayers all round the year.
Having you as a friend is the sweetest blessing of all. 43. To a special person, I am sending you wishes from heart to heart, and may this day be a reminder of all the good things life has brought you. Cheers!
44. Thanksgiving is all about Giving! It is a season to share the much or little we have, a season to be thoughtful of the less privileged, and grateful for what we have. As we gather around our dear ones, let us share the love. Have a thoughtful Thanksgiving.
45. May you find love, peace, the gift of faith, renewed hope and true spirit of the holiday season during this Thanksgiving season.
46. “A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.” Therefore, Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to give thanks for all the things we have and those that we are yet to receive. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
47. To a special person, you are an incredible blessing to us, may your heart’s desires come to pass as you begin a new season. May you have a joyous Thanksgiving.
48. I wish you friendship by the fireside, peace for the pathway and hope for the journey this thanksgiving season.
49. May all things beautiful, meaningful, wonderful and true be your portion during this season. Happy Thanksgiving dear one.
50. A heartfelt message for you this season: successful people look like you! Have an inspirational Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. Whether you’re gathered around the table, crafting your Thanksgiving card, or just in need of a little reminder, these Happy Thanksgiving messages and well wishes will help you count your blessings this season.

Looking for thanksgiving messages or wishes for a specific person or sentiment? Jump to each section below:

  • Thanksgiving Messages and Wishes for Family and Friends
  • General Thanksgiving Messages and Wishes
  • Thanksgiving Messages for Colleagues
  • Thanksgiving Quotes
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Funny Thanksgiving Quotes

Happy Thanksgiving Messages for Family and Friends

Although sending out holiday cards is most closely associated with Christmas, there is certainly something special about receiving a Thanksgiving message from those nearest and dearest to you. These heartfelt messages will serve as the perfect introduction to your holiday season.

Go beyond the norm and craft a Thanksgiving blessing that will not only make your recipients smile, but also help you get back to what really matters during this time of the year. Mix and match the messages below or customize them with your own wishes for a humble seasons’ greetings to share around the table, in a greeting card or in your Thanksgiving party invitations.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day!
  • Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
  • May all the good things of life be yours, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
  • Our homes may be far apart, but our hearts are as close as always.
  • There have been times when I forgot to thank you for being there for me. I take this day to tell you how special you are and how great my life has become because of you. Have a memorable Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learnt and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you so much. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones.
  • At this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Being a family means you are part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Happy Thanksgiving to those closest to my heart.

Thanksgiving Wishes for Family and Friends

Express warm Thanksgiving blessings and elevate your sentiments with a few touching Thanksgiving wishes. Your thanksgiving wishes should be filled with gratitude and appreciation. These words will add charm to your message and give your recipient the important reminder and appreciation he or she needs, now and always. This Thanksgiving, send a message that will be cherished for a lifetime.

  • May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
  • May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, a joyous holiday season and healthful, Happy New Year.
  • A special greeting of Thanksgiving time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
  • One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.
  • At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. It’s opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving for people is…The morning sun and the setting moon, The cheerful bird and the dancing mood, The silent waters and the playful dunes, But more than that I cherish you. Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
  • Gratitude is the heart’s memory. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey plump, may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious, and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs.
  • November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for you.
  • Because today is a special day, I want to let you know that I appreciate you every single day. Happy Thanksgiving wishes!
  • Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me food, shelter and unconditional love.
  • Thank you Mom for always making spectacular meals throughout the years! Thanksgiving won’t be the same without your special dishes.
  • A heartfelt thanks to you on this day, for being my guide, my teacher and my father. Happy Thanksgiving Dad!

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes For Everyone

If you are unsure of what to say to your card recipient, these general Happy Thanksgiving wishes for everyone, can be used to complete your message.

  • Here’s a heartwarming thanks to you for the hope, peace and joy that you bring to my life.
  • Hope that you’re surrounded with the love of your dear ones on this festive season. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
  • I’m really glad that we’re family. Thanking God for having you in my life on this special day.
  • Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from our house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness!
  • Sending you my warm wishes from home to home and from heart to heart to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May this day be a beautiful reminders of the wonderful things in life.
  • November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for You!
  • Wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
  • Wishing you the gift of faith and the blessing of hope this thanksgiving day!
  • We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • May your blessings be multiplied this year and throughout all your life. Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you!
  • Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. Happy Thanksgiving day!
  • Here’s to enjoying the company of good friends and family. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
  • May you enjoy the feast and the company of your family on Thanksgiving day.
  • May you enjoy this celebration with your family full of laughter and peace. Happy Thanksgiving greetings!

Happy Thanksgiving Messages For Colleagues

Don’t forget to wish those you work with a bountiful holiday too. You’ll want to keep your Happy Thanksgiving messages for colleagues professional but still carry out your charm with the words you select.

  • Working with you has always been enjoyable and inspiring! Happy Thanksgiving to you.
  • It’s a pleasure working with you. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Thanksgiving is just one more day to say working with you has always been so wonderful.
  • I’m thankful for all that you do.
  • In this time of Thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for you. Working with you has been an amazing opportunity for me. I appreciate your high standards, persistence and fine sense of humor. Happy Thanksgiving.
  • I am not sure if my best friend can fill the shoes of my best colleague at work. But I am sure that you-my best colleague can easily fill the shoes of my best friend. Thanks for your support.
  • I consider myself very fortunate for having a chance to work with an expert of your caliber. Working with you was a great learning experience for me. I really value the knowledge and insight you have. Happy Thanksgiving.
  • On Thanksgiving, I don’t know how I can show enough appreciation, to a co-worker who has given me so much motivation. Thanks for being such an inspiration.
  • I never face Monday morning blues, because of fun colleagues like you. Thank you. I hope you enjoy your time at home with those close to your heart this holiday season.
  • It’s always nice to work with a well envisioned colleague. Your positive energy radiates into us. I am so grateful. Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Quotes

Between all the big day preparation and cooking that has to be started, it’s easy for all of us to get swept up in the festive chaos and lose sight of a thankful heart. Quotes serve as the perfect reminder and inspiration for all that we have to be grateful for. Let the experts lend their hand, or should we say lend their pens, to assist in sharing Thanksgiving blessings.

The following quotes for Thanksgiving will help you reflect on everything you have to appreciate. Use them in your cards or tie them into your Thanksgiving party ideas. You can even add these quotes throughout your family’s custom photo books.

  • “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” -Joyce Giraud
  • “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” -Dalai Lama
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” -Anonymous
  • “I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” -Marcus Samuelsson
  • “Forever on Thanksgiving day the heart will find the pathway home.” -Wilbur D. Nesbit
  • “Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. Most importantly though, I am thankful for you today and everyday.” -Anonymous
  • “You are my pumpkin pie. I love you and am so thankful to have you in my life.” -Anonymous
  • “Thanksgiving after all, is a word of action.” -W.J. Cameron
  • “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” -E.P. Powell
  • “Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make everyday a holiday in which you celebrate just living.” – Amanda Bradley
  • “Family isn’t always about the people in your life who are blood relations. It’s about the people in your life who want you to be in theirs. It’s about the people in your life who accept you for who you are, support you in the things you choose to do and no matter what, are there for you. It’s the people in your life who love you, respect you and who you can depend on. Now that’s family!” -Anonymous
  • “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” -Anonymous
  • “We have so much to be thankful for. One day a year hardly seems adequate…”-Anonymous

Inspirational Happy Thanksgiving Quotes

Use inspirational Happy Thanksgiving quotes in your card if you are looking to remind your recipients of just how much they have to be grateful for this holiday season.

  • “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
  • “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
  • “I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.” -Henry David Thoreau
  • “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” -W. Clement Stone
  • “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie
  • “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” -Anonymous
  • “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” -Cicero
  • “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  • “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
  • “I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.” -Joseph B. Wirthlin
  • “Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” – Joseph Auslander
  • “God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?” – William A. Ward

Funny Thanksgiving Quotes

If you know your card recipient will appreciate a good laugh, then you might want to add one of the following funny Thanksgiving quotes to your message.

  • “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”-Anonymous
  • “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck
  • “Toasted, roasted, baked and done! Hope your Thanksgiving is loads of fun.” -Anonymous
  • “This Thanksgiving I hope you’re able to avoid the tragedy of the different foods on your plate touching one another.” – Anonymous
  • “This Thanksgiving, cherish the time spent with your family as a reminder of why you moved very far away from your family.” -Anonymous
  • “Vegetables are a must on Thanksgiving. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis
  • “Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” -Anonymous
  • “Thanksgiving. Bringing out the best in family dysfunction since 1863.” -Anonymous
  • “Happy Day after Thanksgiving! Hope you didn’t forget to set your scales back 10 pounds last night.” -Anonymous
  • “Cooking tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.” -Nicole Hollander
  • “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” -Erma Bombeck
  • “The Thanksgiving tradition is, we overeat. ‘Hey, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot?’ ‘But we do that every day!’ ‘Oh. What if we eat a lot with people that annoy us then?’” -Jim Gaffigan
  • “Last Thanksgiving I shot my own turkey. It was fun. That shotgun going, BLAM! Everybody at the supermarket just staring. Why track them when I know where they are?” -Kenny Rogerson
  • “You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.” -Jay Leno

Your time and recognition will not be forgotten by anyone who receives a Thanksgiving blessing from you. This year, share your thankfulness by starting a holiday tradition everyone will love. If you are looking for a little something more, you can reference our comprehensive thank you quotes article and find the perfect thank you for anyone on your list.

When the big feast comes around, don’t forget what Thanksgiving is all about. Being thankful is an important part of being happy and sharing this joy with others will only elevate your holiday. Oh, and remember to give your compliments to the chef, it is Thanksgiving after all.


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Thanksgiving is based on the simple-but-important idea that at least once a year, we ought to take time to count our blessings. For most people, the list starts with family and friends. If you have people who care about you, then you have something to truly be grateful for – even if you can’t afford the biggest Butterball in the freezer section.

Based on that, it follows that saying Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends should be a top priority. To help you check it off your list, here are some unique Thanksgiving messages you can send to the VIPs in your life. Some of these Thanksgiving wishes are sweet and sentimental, while others are clever, playful or just plain funny.

Note: These messages are geared toward people with whom you have a personal relationship. If you’re in business, you might want to consider a different sort of Thanksgiving message for your clients.


Here are some genuine and heartfelt Thanksgiving messages.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends. I’m thankful for many things, but you guys top the list.
  • May the turkey leg be yours this Thanksgiving.
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy some moist turkey on your dinner table, and some juicy gossip around it.
  • I hope your Thanksgiving table is full of your favorite food and surrounded by your favorite people.
  • Whenever I want to feel thankful, I just look at my Facebook Friends list.
  • Happy Thanksgiving to the people who make me thankful to be me.
  • Hope you have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and over the coming year.
  • Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. With friends like you, my cup runneth over.
  • May the wishbone snap in your favor this Thanksgiving.


Here are some Thanksgiving messages for someone who is particularly dear to you, like a best friend, a sister, a brother, or the like.

  • THANKS for GIVING me so much love, kindness, and support.
  • I’ll let other people snap the wishbone this year. With you in my life, I’d feel greedy wishing for anything more.
  • What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? You – the same thing I’m thankful for every day.
  • A best friend is someone who lets you have the last piece of pumpkin pie.
  • I don’t have to remind myself to be grateful. I just have to think of you.


Finally, here are some whimsical Thanksgiving wishes for family and friends. You might also find some fun wording ideas in this collection of Thanksgiving puns.

  • This Thanksgiving, my heart is bursting with gratitude, and my pants are bursting with several helpings of mashed potatoes.
  • I was going to wish you a Happy Turkey Day, but I didn’t want to use any fowl language.
  • This Thanksgiving, may your heart be as full as your belly.
  • Thanksgiving is here, and I cran-barely contain my excitement. Hope you have a great Turkey Day.
  • Hope your Thanksgiving Day is full of fun, food, family, and most importantly, football.
  • Hope your relatives stay relatively sober and relatively non-political this Thanksgiving.
  • Turkey Day is the moist wonderful time of the year.
  • May your Thanksgiving Day be full of excitement… except for a couple of hours in there when you want to take a nap.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for in this collection of original Thanksgiving messages, you might want to switch gears and employ a famous quote. Fortunately, many profound words have been spoken on the subject of thankfulness over the years.

This time of the year (the last week of the holidays) sees us out and about away from the Homestead more than any other time of the year. Our many friends invite us over to eat or to a party to eat or to an event where there is food! So here are some funny tips for holiday eating.

Do and Do Not

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows absolutely nothing of the Christmas spirit. In reality, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s unusual. In truth, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to develop into an eggnogaholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s the Holidays!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone!

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or entire milk. It’s like buying a sports vehicle with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a treat prior to going to a celebration in an effort to manage your consuming. The entire point of going to a Christmas party is to enjoy other individuals’s food free of charge.

6. No exercising! You can do that in January when you have absolutely nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that barrel of eggnog.

7. If you encounter something truly great at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the sizes and shape of Santa, position yourself near them and do not budge. Have as many as you can in the past becoming the center of attention. They’re like a lovely pair of shoes. You’re never ever going to see them again if you leave them behind.

8. Very same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you do not like mincemeat, have 2 apples and one pumpkin. Always have 3. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Memorial Day?

9. Did somebody reference fruitcake? Granted, it’s packed with the mandatory celebratory calories, however prevent it at all expense. I mean, jeez, at least have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read suggestions; start over, but rush, January is just around the corner.

Have a great Holidays and enjoy the food and friends!

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A Holiday Eating Guide You Can Actually Use

By Allison Knott MS, RD· 12/20/2011, 8:38 a.m.

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The holidays are a time for family gatherings, friendly parties, and celebration. But, as most everyone knows, this time of year also brings temptation, (possible) weight gain, and an abundance of holiday eating advice. Wading through the diet tips and survival guides can be exhausting and sometimes even the most well-intentioned guides can be impractical. After seeing one too many pieces of bad advice over the years, I decided to rewrite the rules making them more attainable so you can survive your next holiday party.

Old Rule #1: Bring a bag of baby carrots with you to munch on during the party.
Revised: Do you really want to be that person, the one who ignores the host’s generous offerings to whip a damp baggie of carrots out of your purse? Unless you’re bringing a veggie platter as a host gift to share with the crowd (which is a great idea if you’re so inclined), then leave the veggies at home and instead, fill your cocktail plate with produce from the buffet to eat before reaching for other treats.

Old Rule #2: Wear tight fitting clothes to the holiday party, preferably something with a belt.
Revised: Wear something you feel good about, not something that reminds you to avoid overeating. Not only is this strategy ineffective in most cases, it is probably uncomfortable. A better strategy? Just aim to fit into your holiday outfit next year and keep in mind that what you eat between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is just as important as what you eat between New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving.

Old Rule #3: Take only three bites of everything on your plate.
Revised: While it might seem like a good strategy to fill your plate with treats from the buffet while simultaneously telling yourself that you will only eat three bites of each, it most likely will not work. Having the food in front of you will only increase your temptation. Instead, take a look at the buffet table and choose three small items to indulge in throughout the evening. Only over-sized treats available? Then just choose two. You want to have a taste of your favorite foods without over-doing it.

Old Rule #4: Dab a napkin on top of the food, if it leaves an oil mark, leave it behind.
Revised: High fat, high sugar foods will not always “leave an oil mark” on a napkin. And, needless to say, you might look a little funny walking around the table pressing on every platter of food to check for oil — not to mention how upset you’ll make the host. Look with your eyes instead and choose foods made with vegetables or fruits and avoid those with a cream or cheese base. And remember, stick to the (rewritten) rule of threes above.

Old Rule #5: Eat less during the day prior to the party to “save” calories for later.
Revised: Just … no. Maintain your regular eating schedule throughout the holiday season. Eat a balanced breakfast every day and pack in the produce at each meal. That way, you don’t arrive to a party ravenous enough to eat everything in sight.

Old Rule #6: Drink multiple glasses of water prior to the party to fill you up and prevent overeating.
Revised: Yes, excessive amounts of water will give you a feeling of fullness, but drinking large amounts before arriving to the party will only leave you running to the restroom. Spread your water consumption throughout the party by alternating glasses of water with other low-calorie beverage options. Or, sip on seltzer or sparkling water with a twist of lime instead.

Remember, the holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. Make the most of it without going overboard at the buffet.

Top 26 (funny) Things You Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we sit with family and friends and reflect on the many things we have in our lives to be thankful for.

Before the sappy “thankful-for’s” make their way around the table to you, read this list of the top 26 things you are thankful for this thanksgiving and try one on for size at your dinner table this year.

1. George Lucas is no longer involved in the “Star Wars” movies.

2. Your address doesn’t contain the words “Gaza” or “Strip.”

3. That you’re not a turkey.

4. If you’re a chick: Channing Tatum. If you’re a dude: STILL Channing Tatum. He’s that hot.

5. “Twilight” is over.

6. McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” face. Ha! That NEVER gets old!

7. Obama’s victory means four more years of crazy emails from your grandpa!

8. Your lonely existence means no wife to drag you to Black Friday sales. Victory!

9. It turned out to just be an easily treatable rash. Whew.

10. Even though you can’t afford a turkey, you gathered all the bread crumbs folks throw to the pigeons, so hello free stuffing!

11. Apparently, if you have a mental breakdown on your flight, you can spend the holiday in a holding cell as opposed to the torture chamber that is your childhood home.

12. All the free stuff you got this year by agreeing to vote for Obama.

13. When Steven Spielberg decided to make a film about an American president, he didn’t steal your idea for that awesome Millard Fillmore flick.

14. Your wife still believes you saw “Magic Mike” for the directing and storytelling.

15. You got a killer deal on that Christmas vacation in the Gaza Strip.

16. You’re skipping those Black Friday crowds by buying everyone their own copy of Windows 8.

17. Peace in the Middle East. Oops, spoke too soon.

18. You don’t have to skip Thanksgiving dinner to go to your shift at Walmart.

19. Because Obamacare caused your boss to make massive layoffs, you don’t have to worry about going back to work next week.

20. That Joe Simpson accepted your offer for a Thanksgiving jaunt down to Rio, where the two of you can put on your Speedos, rollerblade around, and talk about how you’re TOTALLY not gay.

21. That in a year filled with sex scandals, your name wasn’t ever mentioned.

22. Even though you lost the election, you still have an elevator just for your cars.

23. Two things . . . and they both belong to Sofia Vergara.

24. Facebook . . . because without it, you wouldn’t have visual proof that your friends are eating well.

25. Seize The Deal for those 50% off laser toenail fungus removal offers.

26. Family and friends . . . with benefits.


  • BONUS!

The Frisky

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means in between gorging on pumpkin pie and crying in the bathroom about something terrible your uncle said, it’s time to give thanks for the multitude of blessings in our lives. We’re pretty good about being grateful for all the usual suspects–health, family, career–but sometimes we overlook all the little things that make life awesome. You know, like a perfectly timed commute or the arrival of a warm bread basket at a restaurant. Read on to see 50 random things we’re so thankful for, and feel free to add your own in the comments!

1. Good hair days.

2. Best friends you can call anytime about anything.

3. When the trains are running on time and you manage to make the perfect commute.

4. The ridiculously ratty T-shirt from college you still wear to bed.

5. Baristas who have your extra hot soy mocha order memorized.

6. Netflix Instant. Seriously, how did we ever live without it?

7. When someone asks for directions and you actually know the answer and feel kind of heroic.

8. Books that are so good you literally cry when they’re over.

9. The sound of a dog eating kibble.

10. Getting the perfect tidbit of advice right when you needed to hear it.

11. Wine.

12. The old guy on your block who tells you how nice you look all the time.

13. Having exact change.

14. Getting to know your parents as unique adult human beings instead of “mom” and “dad.”

15. A really kick ass and accurate horoscope.

16. That incredible feeling you have right after you finish a yoga class.

17. A warm bread basket at a restaurant.

18. Finding the most amazing blouse on the clearance rack and there’s only one and it’s your size.

19. The existence of clementines.

20. A fresh pair of tights that don’t have any holes in them.

21. When you can’t resist popping a huge zit and then your skin actually clears up.

22. Genuine, heartwarming internet comments.

23. Text messages from your parents.

24. Unexpectedly amazing nights out–the kind where you planned to go home and watch TV alone and suddenly find yourself having the time of your life karaokeing David Bowie songs with your friends.

25. The smell of Japanese quince candles.

26. When you don’t have your period on your birthday or some other really important event.

27. Discovering new music and/or creating the World’s Most Perfect Playlist.

28. Drinking coffee in bed.

29. When the nail salon has the exact shade of polish you wanted.

30. A fridge full of cold Diet Coke.

31. The sound of a cat purring.

32. Discovering the shade of lipstick that was basically made for you.

33. Going to a wedding that’s actually fun for everyone.

34. When you step on the treadmill intending to do a mile and before you know it you’ve run five and are still going strong.

35. Finding an adorable designer dress at a thrift store for $15.

36. Guys who really like to go down on you.

37. Weekend getaways that leave you energized and inspired to start your work week.

38. Buying a new piece of jewelry that is SO YOU.

39. That first day of winter when the heat comes on.

40. Flirting at red lights.

41. Craft projects that turn out exactly how they’re supposed to.

42. Buying a big bouquet of fresh flowers, just because.

43. Finding the perfect gift for a friend and seeing the look on their face when they open it.

44. The feeling of leaves crunching under your boots.

45. The Adrienne Rich poem “Power.”

46. Unexpected messages from old friends on Facebook.

47. Inside jokes–the dumber, the better.

48. When visiting parents or relatives pick up the tab for dinner.

49. Hitting the big note while you’re singing along to a song in the car.

50. Ryan Gosling. Always.

What are you thankful for this year? Anything to add to our list?

Original by Winona Dimeo-Ediger

At every moment there is an infinite amount to be grateful for or an infinite amount to hate. Any moment you can choose where you want your attention.

It’s very easy to not give a single Thanks on Thanksgiving because it’s so full of the holiday dysfunction of funny families and forced prayers. Giving thanks isn’t a prayer at a table or lip service to pilgrims. Thanks is a primary experience. It’s gratitude that wells up when you realize just how amazing this experience is in every infinite moment.

Gratitude and elation don’t always come together. You can be deeply thankful in the midst of pain. You can have no gratitude int he midst of joy.

I love making lists and I love feeling thankful for the things right here right now – even if they’re memories of things that may have or may have not happened. So here’s a fatass list of things I’m grateful for right now – I’m sure there’s one or a hundred you could relate to.

Thank you for being here and thank you for sharing some air!

Have a grateful Thanksgiving!

  1. The gym so you can get healthy.
  2. The fact that you don’t have to pay to go to a gym to get healthy.
  3. Dogs to keep you company.
  4. A water bottle to keep me hydrated.
  5. A water bottle that has lasted me a year.
  6. My mom for comforting me.
  7. My sister for being a sister.
  8. My dad for being a dad.
  9. Roommates that are nice.
  10. Roommates that are creative.
  11. People who enjoy good design who make the world better.
  12. My ability to breathe.
  13. My abiity to type fast enough to make a thousand things to be grateful for.
  14. My eyes functioning well enough that I can forget about them most of the day.
  15. My asthma for reminding me how nice it is to breathe easily.
  16. St Petersburg for being a badass little town.
  17. A group of filmmaker friends for sharing the love of movies,
  18. Movies for sharing the love of life.
  19. My shoes for keepoing my feet safe from the ground.
  20. My sweatshirt for keeping the elements out.
  21. This keyboard for working right now.
  22. Clouds for being beautiful.
  23. THe internet so I can look up how those clouds get so beauty.
  24. My inability to actually pinpoint what makes something beautiful.
  25. Not knowing why I’m here on this planet.
  26. Knowing that nobody knows anything – it makes it easier to know nothing.
  27. My depression for showing me what profundity actually means.
  28. Philosophers for caring enough about life to think about it.
  29. Eastern philosophers for caring enough about life to stop thinking about it.
  30. Meditation for letting me see my thoughts.
  31. Will Mitchell for pushing StartupBros.com
  32. The community of StartupBros.com for being so fucking awesome.
  33. You for giving enough of a shit to read these words I gave a shit enough to write.
  34. You for giving a shit.
  35. Me for giving a shit.
  36. Whatever gave us humans the ability to give a shit.
  37. Whatever gave us humans the ability to recognize our ability to give a shit.
  38. Whoever filmed Planet Earth for showing beauties of the world.
  39. Whoever gave somebody a sincere hug today for no reason.
  40. Whoever has ever given me a hug.
  41. Every person who has ever kissed me.
  42. My dick for working.
  43. Every vagina that has ever allowed entrance.
  44. Every girl who has ever showed me her boobs.
  45. …especially the ones that let me kiss them.
  46. Poetry for letting me write without making “sense”.
  47. Art for not making “sense”.
  48. Logic for letting me build.
  49. Silence for showing me the end of logic’s use.
  50. Food for keeping me alive.
  51. My body for letting this human experience happen.
  52. My genes for letting me be exactly who I am.
  53. The silence for showing me exactly what those genes are.
  54. The noise for showing itself as an authenticity hoax.
  55. People who yell for no reason to shake up a trance.
  56. Anyone who’s ever got me out of a rut.
  57. Every musician who has written a song I’ve listened to.
  58. Especially Bob Dylan for writing “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”.
  59. and Incubus for the Make Yourself album.
  60. And Dylan for showing me my first “angry” music in Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish
  61. and everyone I’ve met who loved the thing they did.
  62. Every moment I will have, even if I’m not grateful for it when it comes.
  63. Every person who’s ever made me laugh.
  64. Especially Luis CK
  65. And Trey Parker & Matt Stone for making South Park and showing everyone what funny can be.
  66. For BeLuminous Yoga (Michel) for saving my life – giving me yoga in the middle of depression.
  67. Depression for making me care about the sacred parts of life.
  68. Depression for letting me cry with people I love.
  69. Depression for showing me that not all action is physical.
  70. Depression for showing me the importance of health.
  71. Depression for giving me empathy I would never have otherwise.
  72. Depression for showing me something like rock bottom.
  73. Depression for introducing me to poetry.
  74. Poetry for introducing me to the beauty of the creation of art.
  75. Art for connecting me to life.
  76. Life for showing me all this other shit.
  77. My head to think about life.
  78. Humans for making life worth it.
  79. Humans for setting examples of how to be human.
  80. Humans for setting examples of how not to be humans.
  81. The pain in my wrist telling me to change my posture.
  82. Posture for showing the mind-body connection.
  83. Buddha for sitting down and showing some compassion.
  84. Krishnamurti for telling me to look in front of me with all my awareness.
  85. Jack Kerouack for championing the honest present as something to be respected all the time.
  86. Business for putting my philosophies into reality.
  87. Reality for being unreal.
  88. Reality for being so shapeable.
  89. Dogs for needing walks to make me leave a screen that is unforgiving.
  90. The deathbed for showing us how we should be doing now.
  91. Knowing that there is no “should”.
  92. Knowing that I will die.
  93. Knowing that I will live before I die.
  94. Little things to care about.
  95. Family to feel connected to.
  96. The idea of building.
  97. The act of building.
  98. The flow of building.
  99. Nietzsche for forfeiting his sanity so we may see a sharper picture of humanity.
  100. Nietzsche for showing me the bullshit that morals stink of.
  101. Nietzsche for demonstrating violence in the mind and peace in the world.
  102. Nietzsche for looking at Truth no matter how scary it was.
  103. Nietzsche for giving me permission to be excited in the mind.
  104. Nietzsche for the goal of overcoming.
  105. Alan Watts for saying everything that words are not supposed to say.
  106. Alan Watts for recognizing the All.
  107. Alan Watts for eliminating the “should” by freeing me from eliminating it.
  108. Numbers for letting me keep track of this lis.
  109. The connection this list makes with you.
  110. The gratitude for life this list is bringing me.
  111. The gratitude I can bring to life in any moment.
  112. 8tracks.com for bringing me beautiful music. Especially to write this now.
  113. The nutrients in my body that blasted out some great-feeling chemicals.
  114. The acknowledgment that thoughts of gratitude create a feeling of the same.
  115. Joseph Campbell for showing us The Hero’s Journey
  116. Joseph Campbell for demonstrating to us that we need to create our own myths
  117. Movies for giving us a myth for a day.
  118. Twilight and The Hunger Games to show us that you don’t need to be a “writer’s writer” or even that good to connect with people – you just need to connect with people.
  119. Wires for bringing electricity around.
  120. My healthy bowels.
  121. My hair for still being their.
  122. Tongues to taste basil.
  123. The internet for putting everything you could ever want to know right here.
  124. Wisdom to show me that knowledge isn’t everything.
  125. Wisdom to show me that everything isn’t Everything.
  126. Wisdom to remember to give deep thanks for Life.
  127. Life for allowing remembrance of any kind.
  128. Snooki and those like her to show us the bar.
  129. Honey Booboo to show us where the bar could be.
  130. James Cameron for raising the bar (South Park).
  131. James Altucher for writing honestly.
  132. James Altucher for inspiring me to write more.
  133. Writing for showing me what I think about life.
  134. Writing for making me feel better about life.
  135. Writing for bringing awesome people into my life.
  136. Writing for letting me write.
  137. Write for throwing my subconscious up on some shit.
  138. Shit for throwing out the needless things.
  139. Shit for a model of minimalism.
  140. Maintenance to reduce the shit in my life.
  141. Computers for making my brain more powerful.
  142. Computers for bringing a new love of kittens into my life.
  143. Reddit for showing me what people think is cool in the world.
  144. Reddit for thinking some StartupBros.com posts are cool.
  145. Every one of the nearly 1000 people signed up for the newsletter of StartupBros.com
  146. StartupBros.com for reinvigorating my love of business.
  147. Philosophy for showing me what business could be.
  148. Art for showing me what business could be.
  149. The Burning Movement for giving me hope in humanity.
  150. The Burning Movement for loving life.
  151. My grandma for showing what love that survives family dysfunction looks like.
  152. My parents’ divorce for introducing me to human pain.
  153. Trading the markets for getting me comfortable for risk.
  154. Right now for being here every moment to return to and remember the beauty of life.
  155. The beauty of life for always being there to see.
  156. The pain of life to show us that beauty isn’t always a smile.
  157. The smile of life to remind us that beauty isn’t just found in depression.
  158. My decision to let go of depression while remembering the profundity of life for freeing me.
  159. The chains of life that constantly need to be broken to remind us of our freedoms.
  160. My friends for being alive at the same time as me even though the chance of that is zero in this world.
  161. My existence in this world even though the chances of that are zero.
  162. The fact that the chance of pretty much anything that happens in this universe is zero yet is constantly happening.
  163. The double-slit experiment for forcing Wonder on Science.
  164. Science for forcing Wonder on Nature.
  165. Richard Branson for showing what’s possible when you surround yourself with good people.
  166. Every happy person for showing us that happiness is a possibility in life.
  167. Every sad person for showing us that sadness is an option too.
  168. Every piece of technology that went into making this sweatshirt I’m wearing.
  169. Advertising agencies as practice against propaganda agencies.
  170. Thanksgiving for reminding everyone to say Thank you.
  171. The craftsman mindset to remind us it’s selfish to constantly check if something is satisfying you.
  172. The equation that let’s us help others to help ourselves.
  173. Ayn Rand for showing the importance of production.
  174. Ayn Rand’s unhappiness showing us that she got something wrong along the way.
  175. My own experience to show me what’s What around me.
  176. Truth for not being stationary.
  177. Truth for coming in when I allow it.
  178. Experience for being so vast.
  179. Experience for letting itself go.
  180. Experience for being what it is.
  181. Experience for not requiring a single thing.
  182. Experience for leaving it’s end or non-end a mystery.
  183. Gratitude for being here, holy shit I’m so thankful.
  184. Words to signal the prime experiences.
  185. “Thank you” to signal gratitude.
  186. Prime experiences for letting themselves be chopped up into words.
  187. Those who love words enough to use them well.
  188. Steve Jobs for showing what can be done by breaking all the rules.
  189. Steve Jobs for Pixar.
  190. Steve Jobs for this computer and every thought it’s brought forth.
  191. Pen and paper to write with a cool hand movement.
  192. Your mom for having you so you can read this.
  193. Letting go.
  194. Insanity for showing me the possibilities of life.
  195. Sanity for showing me how insane it is.
  196. You for taking that breath.
  197. You for being there and doing that thing that will probably come and effect me in some way some how before I leave this planet.
  198. Ralph Waldo Emerson for writing Self-Reliance.
  199. Ralph Waldo Emerson for supporting Henry David Thoreau in going to Walden and telling us all about how we really don’t need that shit.
  200. Good bloggers for sharing their lives.
  201. Bad bloggers for giving the Snooki’s of How-To information.
  202. Every person with smiling eyes.
  203. Every person with sad eyes.
  204. Every photograph taken.
  205. The Matrix for showing me another side of reality.
  206. The Wachowski siblings for making Cloud Atlas and showing us all what a film can actually be.
  207. Wes Anderson for showing us his world.
  208. Quentin Tarantino for showing us the power of the re-mix.
  209. Everybody I’ve ever stolen an idea from.
  210. That more than 200 items got deleted off this list so that I may find even more things to throw gratitude into!
  211. The human ability to rationalize things – to reshape our stories to be the ones we want.
  212. That girl at the coffee shop with the tattoo and smile who loves Game of Thrones.
  213. That both my little dog is a mini-me of my bigger dog and will remain so forever.
  214. EchoNest for making InfiniteJukebox.com to turn any song into The song That Never Ends.
  215. Statues for being 3D.
  216. Grateful people for reminding me to find gratitude.
  217. Spellcheck for letting me free space in my brain for things besides how to spell words.
  218. Honest people for telling me when I do things that aren’t very good.
  219. Liars for making me feel okay in the midst of making something dumb.
  220. Sam Harriss for recognizing the fact that spirituality and science need not be separated.
  221. I am grateful for every moment that I experienced Nirvana – about eight now.
  222. Recognition from peers to remind me that what I’m doing isn’t useless.
  223. Those birds that were fighting to show me that peace is not the only attribute of nature.
  224. My dog for reminding me that neurosis is possible outside of humans.
  225. Bach for showing me the beauty of classic music.
  226. Artists for giving themselves to purity.
  227. Seth Godin for showing the demand in business for artists.
  228. Seth Godin for showing people that they can be artists even if they don’t paint.
  229. My brain’s reaction to music.
  230. My brain’s reaction to thinking about it’s own reaction to music.
  231. The neo-hippy movement.
  232. The hippy movement for showing it’s downfalls.
  233. Technology for allowing simplification while letting the dummies get cluttered.
  234. Facebook for showing me every friend that wants to be a Snooki.
  235. Facebook for letting me remember pictures and memories I may have never recalled without it.
  236. Motivational speakers for laying on the cheese.
  237. Cynics for pointing at the cheese and laughing.
  238. “Dumb” people for the wisdom of simple minds.
  239. Snow sleds, even though I’ve never been on one they’ve given me some fun fantasies.
  240. Sundance Film Festival for bringing movie lovers together.
  241. Lovers for bringing narcissism into a dual deal.
  242. Sensitivity to the world for letting me feel harder.
  243. Excitement for letting me forget the “why”s.
  244. Headphones for letting me take sound with me.
  245. Birds for punctuating the silence.
  246. John Cage for celebrating the silence.
  247. My dog for sleeping next to me and giving me things to be thankful for.
  248. My dog for licking the tears off my face that one time.
  249. Dogs for not understanding emotional pain.
  250. The time she was insensitive to my depression and just fucking yelled me into action.
  251. Cold showers.
  252. People who have forgotten about selfishness to allow themselves to be perfectly selfish.
  253. Every person with a naked soul.
  254. This desk for giving me a space to think about something.
  255. Nassim Taleb for introducing me to the supreme importance of walking slowly.
  256. Nassim Taleb for showing me the impact of something is more important than the probability of it happening.
  257. Everyone who has ever called me out on a bad trait.
  258. Bob Dylan for surrounding the flow of creativity.
  259. Whoever laid the rules for this English language down so we can communicate ideas together.
  260. TED for bringing me interesting ideas – and showing how sometimes the most basic ideas are the most interesting.
  261. Hemmingway for telling me all there is is to “bleed on the page”.
  262. Stream of conscious writing and everything it has done for me.
  263. The realization that true realizations are not intellectual but knowing something in your bones. *
  264. Desire to make things better.
  265. Desire to desire less.
  266. The time that movie made me cry.
  267. The time that movie made me laugh.
  268. Superbad for making me laugh.
  269. Douglas Adams for writing a series of sci-fi novels that talk about the hardest problems in hilarious ways.
  270. The number nine for letting me use it once or twice.
  271. “Fuck” for being such an agile fucker.
  272. My friend’s family for being supportive even after he made terrible mistakes and got put in jail.
  273. Friends for never dying, just being shown as unreal.
  274. Road tripping the US for showing me how beautiful America is and how much a snapshot flights create in the head.
  275. Pessimists for being anti-examples.
  276. Conspiracy theorists for finding the bullshit fed to us – and showing us how impossible it is to refrain from creating our own version of bullshit stories.
  277. Bullshit for making Truth special.
  278. Florida for showing that a violent sky is as beautiful as a violent landscape.
  279. The PCH for showing us what a coast can be.
  280. The Secret for showing me the power of thought – even if it’s smothered in bullshit.
  281. What The Bleep Do We Know – same as above, but with more mystery.
  282. Those who love typefaces for letting us read comfortably and enjoyably.
  283. Those who love the grass enough to roll in it and get itchy.
  284. The internet for showing me how beautiful cheap video can be.
  285. The internet for raising the bar on art and letting the bottom feeders stay occupied.
  286. The internet for connecting us.
  287. The internet for segmenting us and therefore showing the importance of re-connecting the pieces.
  288. Capitalism for rewarding value-making.
  289. Having a mind broken wide open.
  290. Taking a spiritual journey.
  291. Letting go.
  292. Burning up.
  293. Killing my Self in order to see what isn’t found.
  294. Words that don’t make any sense unless you’ve been there.
  295. Our ability to understand each other on an important level without music.
  296. Cognitive illusions for making the mind an interesting place.
  297. The ego for giving us our Self to overcome.
  298. Imagination for letting us make anything.
  299. Imagination for letting us think about what comes after.
  300. Productivity for giving us time to ponder.
  301. Pondering for giving productivity weight.
  302. Evolution for it’s simplicity.
  303. Evolution for letting an organism as fragile and caught up in non-survival activities hang around for a while.
  304. The ability to see my own bullshit.
  305. The ability to remain blind to my other bullshit.
  306. Urine changes colors depending on what you put in your body.
  307. Your stool’s ability to tell the story of a life-line.
  308. My decade-old iPod that holds more songs than the current line.
  309. That the body can inform the mind as the mind does the body. (Smile can create happiness and power stance can create confidence.)
  310. I’ve experienced The Zone.
  311. I’ll never actually know if I’ve experienced the Zone.
  312. Head bobbing .
  313. The ability to bounce.
  314. Those popper things used to pack stuff.
  315. People who are having fun right now.
  316. The ability to make from the imagination.
  317. The ability give up caring in favor of now.
  318. The present moment in all it’s wordless knowing.
  319. The ability to appreciate different types of intelligences.
  320. Death as a great equalizer.
  321. The myths that show life beneath the surface.
  322. Metaphors.
  323. Mary Kate and Ashley.
  324. Just Timerlake for showing me that I can try to hate a celebrity for no good reason then have him force me to like him.
  325. Justin Timberlake for being the first to make me think, “Wow, the concept of a celebrity is kind of dumb.”
  326. Facts and figures for feigning concrete knowledge.
  327. Facts and figures for working well enough in this world.
  328. That time my grandma hugged me.
  329. Lights for letting humans fuck up their sleep schedules.
  330. Caffeine for letting us do work.
  331. Drugs for relieving the mind of tension.
  332. Drugs for relieving the mind of monotony.
  333. Drugs for being used by humans.
  334. Every journalist who has ever shown the government as a big fucking liar.
  335. Anybody who has ever yelled for the sake of simplicity.
  336. Everybody who has ever yelled by himself or herself.
  337. Everybody who has ever broken through the fear of loneliness.
  338. The perfect storm – every time.
  339. Entaglement.
  340. The softness of the sweater I’m wearing.
  341. The dull ache in my head for reminding me there’s a head up there.
  342. The soreness in my legs for letting me know I did a good workout yesterday.
  343. That TED talk that happened that once.
  344. The willingness to act into fear.
  345. The willingness to will something into reality.
  346. Reality for being so malleable.
  347. Reality for letting me live in it.
  348. You for sharing this air with me.
  349. Rivers for making such great metaphors for a flowing life – the river is never the same.
  350. Consciousness for being such a fantastic thing to be read.
  351. Watchmen for teaching me the value of giant foreign attacks.
  352. Watchmen for showing the dark side of superheroes.
  353. Darkness for the light.
  354. Fucking for the release.
  355. Loving for the purity.
  356. Losing for the lesson that we go on until we don’t.
  357. Gain for the lesson that life can contain more.
  358. Loss again for the lesson that we don’t need more.
  359. Necessity for showing what wanting actually is.
  360. Wanting for showing that it’s all inside.
  361. Bugs Bunny for being around so long.
  362. Disney World for giving everyone a trip.
  363. Ram Dass for Be Here Now
  364. Ram Dass for showing sometimes it’s better not to strive.
  365. Joe Rogan for his podcast.
  366. Kevin Smith for redefining what a director can do with his audience.
  367. The internet for redefining what an audience means.
  368. The audience of StartupBros for being so enthusiastic about the thing.
  369. The audience of Kyleschen.com for opening up with me.
  370. The peculiar way words flow out of mouths.
  371. Anger for showing itself when it tries to hide.
  372. Pets for keeping us company when humans can’t.
  373. Humans for keeping us company when we don’t think they can.
  374. Every barrier I ever had to bash.
  375. Every experience that led to this sentence.
  376. That funny facebook post.
  377. Anybody who has debunked a phony story in history.
  378. Whatever let’s me write without thinking.
  379. Whatever underlies thought.
  380. Whatever happens – thank you.
  381. Thank you notes.
  382. Thank you’s from strangers.
  383. Strangers who smile.
  384. Beauty in any form.
  385. Well designed pens.
  386. True craftsmen.
  387. Those who forgot the meaning of life and assumed it instead.
  388. Every moment I’ve been able to feel purpose for no reason.
  389. Every moment I’ve worked on something I gave a shit about.
  390. This moment for in all it’s complexity.
  391. That moment in all it’s simplicity.
  392. Warm tea on a cold day.
  393. Shirtlessness on a hot day.
  394. Fine socks.
  395. Money for everything it brings to me.
  396. A respectful relationship with money.
  397. Seeing duality whenever I can.
  398. Wonderbread to show us the power of advertising and tradition.
  399. Humans and their pendulum-like tendencies.
  400. Sci-fi for making us think harder.
  401. Profound living.
  402. The specialness of that living.
  403. Those who are able to live on without squashing that profundity.
  404. The willingness to feel all the way.
  405. The signs our body gives us.
  406. Our brain’s ability to make random events into signs that actually matter.*
  407. Wireless keyboards for letting me type this as I sit five feet away looking o out the window.
  408. The breeze and our skin’s ability to feel it.
  409. Slack lines for a simple way to balance it.
  410. The guys who set up cslack lines over thousand feet drops in cities and mountiains to show me another insane possibility in life.
  411. Green growth and it’s likenesses to life.
  412. Sweeping to see the fight of entropy in real time.
  413. Cahos theory
  414. The other theories that I got to think about.
  415. Einstein for being smart and admitting his dumbness.
  416. Pillows for letting me punch them that one time,.
  417. Hulk for showing the uncontrollable rage in everyone.
  418. Batman for showing one way to harness deep loss.
  419. Superman for being an bermench or something like it.
  420. The TV in my room for sitting there even when I don’t watch it.
  421. Shadows for making me think about the sun a million miles away or lightyears and how it’s blasting so hot and crazy so this gentle shadow of a branch can sway around.
  422. That pink flower out there for being so damn vibrant.
  423. Vivram shoes for making me want them and letting me not actually buy them.
  424. Hooks for all their uses especially captain hook.
  425. Fucking mice man, they ey are little squeakers.
  426. Every annoying person I ever met that gave a story to tell.
  427. Every story I ever got to tell.
  428. Europe for being so exotic or something.
  429. Travel for making my head think different.
  430. Culture for being so malleable.
  431. Culture for being different around the world.
  432. Ritual for putting the brain in a certain space.
  433. Environment for shaping my thoughts.
  434. Books for giving me such cool information
  435. Punctuation for letting me use it or not
  436. Same WiTh capital letters
  437. Who eeds them
  438. Jesus Christ for being such a mysterious character.
  439. Buddha for being a golden calf.
  440. Double A batteries for powering so many gizmos.
  441. The human push towards neat things.
  442. The balance of those pushing for simplicity and those for production.
  443. The balance found by those who see we need both.
  444. The ultimates of black and white.
  445. The acceptance of the gray every once in a while.
  446. The abiity to surrender.
  447. The cow that licked my hand a while ago.
  448. That horse who bucked me off.
  449. Every poilot who flew me to a new city.
  450. Ideas for being such beautiful networks.
  451. Networks for being so untrackable.
  452. Ambition for making some things worth it.
  453. Leather and the cows it came from.
  454. The variety of materials we get to use to make so much different shit.
  455. The myriad of symbols on this keyboard I can use to say so many things #$%^&*()
  456. Wooden chairs.
  457. The ability to say “fuck it”.
  458. The person who said, “Hey do you really think there is a burning pit that we go to in the afterlife?”
  459. Every moment I get to feel alive.
  460. Joseph Campbell for clarifying to me that I want to feel alive and not find a purpose.
  461. All that I have and the ability to remain grateful if it was all burned.
  462. Harold and Maude for all the Cat Stevens goodness
  463. Dogs for barking at people who need a good barking
  464. Birds for tweeting
  465. Twitter for letting me know about the food they’re eating
  466. Facebook for letting me know who’s birthday is today
  467. Thanksgiving for an excuse for everyone to give some thanks damn it all!
  468. These boots for keeping my toes from becoming frostbite in the brutal Floridian winter
  469. Krishnamurti for reminding me constantly of the difference between looking at something intellectually and on a level that is more real – the level that matters.
  470. This desk for holding my computer.
  471. This flesh-machine for letting me traverse the world in such a sensory-fun way.
  472. Airsoft for letting me shoot friends without killing them
  473. Same with paintball
  474. Halo 4 for being letting me run by clicking the joystick like in previous Call of Duty games.
  475. Those friends who did a podcast with me the other day.
  476. My virtual assistant in the Philippines for turning my audio file into a video presentation that I’ll be able to charge a good bit for.
  477. Will for finding such interesting ways to leverage knowledge.
  478. Fountain pens for making beautiful letters.
  479. Nationalism for providing violent people a common enemy.
  480. My skin’s ability to enjoy the fabric rubbing against it.
  481. The ability of the mind to sit in the preset.
  482. The fact that being found only happens when one is thoroughly enough lost.
  483. The fact that birds fly.
  484. The fact that you read this point.
  485. Your mom for bringing you into existence.
  486. Your dad for producing the sperm that made you.
  487. The fact that you – that single sperm out of billions he’s made – won the race to the egg.
  488. Movements of the mind being so fascinating.
  489. iPods for letting us carry all the music in the world with us.
  490. Kindles for letting us carry all the books in the world with us.
  491. Racquet balls for being so perfect for bouncing against the wall.
  492. This life for being so completely absurd yet so completely ordinary.
  493. Our ability to see life as absurd or ordinary.
  494. Our ability to see what we want in life.
  495. Our ability to choose love over fear.
  496. Love’s power of fear.
  497. The comfort that we are all on this ride together.
  498. The comfort that this is just indeed a ride.
  499. “It’s alright, it’s life and life only.” – Bob Dylan

Thanksgiving brings about a season of giving thanks and joy. Finding a way to express the things you are most thankful for are an important part of the celebration. For employers, showing thanks for their employees work throughout the year is just one way to pay it forward. Here is a look at some great examples of Thanksgiving messages for employees that will let them know how grateful you are for the work they do all year round.

“As Thanksgiving is soon to be around with autumn leaves falling on the ground, I wish that you have been enough to give thanks and celebrate with cheer. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“At the close of another year we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season.”

“Autumn has brought with it beauty of joy and festivities. But, it’s all so lonely without you. Missing you this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“During this month of Thanksgiving I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. Primarily among them is our talented group of employees. Thank you for the work you do to make our agency great. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the thriving company we are. I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.”

“Enjoy the sweet melody of this joyous festival. May joy and melody come your way. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“Hope this season is filled with lots of happiness and joy, wealth, and prosperity. May your home be filled with love on this wonderful occasion. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“In this time of Thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for you. Working with you over years has been an amazing opportunity. I appreciate your high standards, persistence, and fine sense of humor.”

“Let’s raise our eyes to the heaven and count our blessings. Let’s thank the almighty for all that he has given us. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.”

“May this joyous season bring you peace, health, and happiness throughout the coming year.”

“On behalf of the management team, I thank you for your accomplishments this year. We are all grateful. Please enjoy the enclosed gift certificate as a token of our thanks.”

“One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.”

“Thank you for all that you do to help us in providing solutions to our clients, opportunity for our employees, and support for our community.”

“Thank you for choosing us to help you find solutions. Thank you for your kind words of support.”

“Thank you for everything you do to make this a successful, terrific place to work. Have a wonderful, long weekend filled with good things. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“Thank you for the pleasure of working with you. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with good feelings.”

“Thank you for your hard work day in and day out to serve our customers and make this company what it is. Thank you for your generosity, your willingness to go above and beyond not only on the job but also to help the members of our community through our various service projects throughout the year.”

“The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness. May these be yours this Holiday Season.”

“Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you happiness… May it be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.”

“Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.”

“You and your co-workers have worked hard this year, and your dedication has paid off. Every quarter our financials look better and better. Thank you for your hard work and positive attitude. Have a joyful, abundant Thanksgiving.”

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Are you a grateful person? Thankful for the good things, big and small, in your life?

In the hustle of to-do lists and work deadlines, sometimes it’s (too) easy to block out the details of the day, forgetting that each and every day holds precious gifts. From the air we breathe to the friendships we hold close, there is always something to be thankful for.

Related: Begin With Gratitude and Watch the Miracles Flow Your Way

With the season of thanksgiving upon us, here are 15 quotes to inspire a life of gratitude.

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

2. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

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

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

5. “ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker

6. “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

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

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

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

10. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson

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

12. “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

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

14. “None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” —Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

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

Related: The Power of Gratitude

Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

124 Best Gratitude Quotes and Sayings to Inspire an Attitude of Gratitude

Last Updated on September 27, 2019

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An attitude of gratitude. This is not only a great rhyme but a great way to live.

You should always be grateful for the things you have. Thankful for everything – big and small – that fill your life and make it special.

With the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, too many people get it backward. They decide they will be grateful when they get a promotion, a new job, a home, a new car, a raise, gifts, or other tangible things from people they know.

But this is backward. If you want to gain more success and/or more happiness, then the first step is to be grateful for the many things you have. Only after you build an “attitude of gratitude” can you begin to grow (and build on) your happiness or achieve a measurable level of success (that does not feel empty).

This large collection of gratitude quotes is meant to share that idea with us. There are many recurring themes here – from gratitude and mindfulness to gratitude as a key to happiness and to true gratitude being a springboard to both success and character.

Gratitude means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But one thing is always the same in these quotes on gratitude – it is always very important.

From time-to-time, in this inspirational gratitude quotes post, I will chime in with a few of my own ideas about the recurring themes of gratitude and some links where you can learn and see more inspiring quotes.

But for now, let’s enjoy the first batch of quotes and sayings to inspire gratitude.

Sidebar: If you’d like to learn more about building a daily gratitude ​practice or habit, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal.

Quotes about Gratitude

It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness. – Anonymus

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

“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

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”— Cicero

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

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”— Deepak Chopra

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

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

“Gratitude; my cup overfloweth.”— Anonymous

“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

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”— Leroy Satchel Paige

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

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”— David Steindl-Rast

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

“Entitlement is such a cancer because it is void of gratitude.”— Adam Smith

Short Gratitude Quotes

Someone once said, “Simplicity” is the key to brilliance.”

The following set of inspiring quotes of gratitude back up that idea. They are short, to the point, and contain no fluff when it comes to why gratitude is essential.

The quotes are short, so I won’t belabor the point and let you dig right into the next section of quotes on gratitude.

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

“Enough’ is a feast.”— Buddhist proverb

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

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”— Paulo Coelho

“Find the good and praise it.”— Alex Haley

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”— Confucius

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”— Aesop

“Gratitude changes everything.”— Anonymous

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”— Aesop

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

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”— Mark Twain

“May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.”— Hafiz

“May you wake with gratitude.”— Anonymous

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.”— Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

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

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”— Neale Donald Walsch

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

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

“What are you grateful for today?”— Anonymous

Daily Gratitude Quotes

The next section of gratitude quotes all makes a similar point. They are either about the importance of experiencing gratitude every single day or about examples of things you should and could be grateful for on a daily basis.

Gratitude is basically a form of mindfulness. The power of gratitude is that you slow down and experience and enjoy all the good things that are already there.

Only when you can come to an understanding of the past and have gratitude for the present can you really set yourself up to achieve in the future.

If you want to learn more about mindfulness and how it relates to gratitude, I recommend you check out this complete guide to mindfulness below.

==>Learn How to Practice Mindfulness

You may be wondering how you can effectively practice gratitude on a daily basis. Running around like Ebenezer Scrooge the day after he has his visions of the past, present and future thanking everyone for everything may be refreshing at first, but it will surely get old fast; both for yourself and for others.

Gratitude, you see, is only sometimes about sharing your gratitude with others. More often, it can be an internal thing. The daily practice of gratitude usually involves taking a small bit of time and thinking about all the things you are grateful for.

What matters in your life? What things are going well? In many ways, gratitude is like prayer. In fact, if you pray every day, I would say that IS a form of daily gratitude.

As an alternative to (or addition to) praying to a higher power, many people like to express their gratitude in writing. This gives the writer the chance to review and reflect on their thoughts on a later day.

If you are interested in this type of daily gratitude: Check out this list of the best gratitude journals and this article which has gratitude journal prompts.

Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melody Beattie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There is so much to be grateful for, just open your eyes.”— Anonymous

Express Gratitude Quotes

Saying “express your gratitude daily” is easy enough, but it still leaves many people a bit unsure how to do it.

Many people enjoy structure and clear instruction in their lives. I know I do!

That is where gratitude journal prompts come in handy. These are simply ideas of WHAT you can write about on a day-to-day basis. Some gratitude journals come with some prompts. Others are just blank notebooks for your thoughts.

But any good collection of self-reflection questions can help you on a day-to-day basis to find things you want to write about in any gratitude journal to help you grow.

Below is a (100% free) collection of 120 gratitude journal prompts. That can help you express your gratitude in day-to-day gratitude journaling.

Gratitude Journal Prompts

Sidebar: ​As a reminder, ​be sure to check out this 90-day journal which has a variety of gratitude prompts.

Now let’s get back to the quotes on gratitude…

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. 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

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

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

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

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

“Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings.”— Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”— Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

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

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

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

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”— Zig Ziglar

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.”— Gertrude Stein

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”— Thornton Wilder

“The smallest act of kindness is worth than the grandest intention.”— Oscar Wilde

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

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

Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude

To some extent, all quotes about gratitude are inspirational.

The concept of expressing daily gratitude itself is an optimistic one. In fact, the whole concept of gratitude has a bit of yin and yang to it. Positive and happy people practice gratitude, and people who practice gratitude are both positive and happy. Sometimes it is hard to tell which comes first.

Regardless these quotes should be a bit inspirational, and perhaps inspire you to be more positive in your life.

If happiness is a major goal in your life, you should be specifically interested in these inspirational gratitude quotes since almost all people who claim to be happy also express that they follow a daily gratitude regimen.

Check out the 31 rules of happiness link below. Each entry has been backed up by real scientific/psychological experiments. (not some flashy “idea” on what it takes for happiness).

==>>Learn What Makes People Happy?

“Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.”— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.”— Seneca

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

“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

“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

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

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”— Richelle E. Goodrich

“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.”— Gabrielle Bernstein

Quotes on Being Thankful

What is the difference between thankfulness and gratitude? It is a fine line. Many people use these two terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.

Thankfulness is:

  • Often a response to a specific act
  • Often an automatic response to a specific kind gesture
  • Often a fleeting feeling. You will not remember the guy who opened a door for you a year from now
  • Easy to share. It is not hard to say “thank you” to someone who goes out of their way to help you
  • Sometimes it means little because society has conditioned us to be polite, people often say thank you without even really feeling thankful
  • Can also come with a feeling of true gratitude

Gratitude is:

  • A feeling of thankfulness, and a pleasant feeling from within, with or without a specifically associated act. For example, you can have gratitude for a beautiful day or gratitude for the sweet smell from a flower
  • Gratitude can come from things that happen now or things that happened in the past
  • You can feel gratitude for things or places that help to put you in a position to achieve
  • You can even feel gratitude for bad actions. Your boss acting like a jerk caused you to quit, but you are grateful for his actions because that move led you to the perfect job you love
  • Most often, however, gratitude comes for those who have helped and guided you throughout your life
  • Gratitude is a deep feeling that comes from your heart. It is often for a cumulation of good acts. Not a single event
  • Feeling of gratitude last for a long time. When you are thankful for someone holding a door open for you, the feeling is gone quickly. But if you are truly grateful for someone going far out of their way to help you, you may feel that gratitude for years
  • Gratitude is a sense of being and a way of life for some people
    Thankfulness can be a first step, and with time grow to gratitude
  • When you express gratitude, sometimes it can be without words. Gratitude is from your heart and guides your actions

The Science Behind Gratitude

The benefits you can find when you practice gratitude in your everyday lives are almost endless. When you practice gratitude, you are giving yourself the time you need to reflect on some of the more positive emotions in your life.

In doing so, you will feel much more alive. You will sleep better, be able to better express your feelings and emotions, and you will be able to show more kindness to yourself and others.

The relationships we foster are just one of the determining factors when it comes to gauging our happiness. So, as we continue to build gratitude, we need to be more aware and have a greater sense of others around us as well. We can even include others in these gratitude expressions too!

==>>Discover the benefits of gratitude

Get Real and Mix It Up

When you can get excited about all the benefits you can experience from practicing gratitude, it gives you that push you need in the right direction to start making positive changes in your life.

While developing new habits, practicing mindfulness, and being grateful, we need to keep our momentum going so we can reach further and achieve each of our goals.

Plan for whatever might get in your way and never limit yourself.

Now that we understand the difference between thankfulness and gratitude, we can move on to these final quotes on thankfulness.

Before we jump into these quotes, however, you might want to learn a few things about thankfulness and how it can help you achieve greater things.

This post (linked below) shows you how to use a few simple “Thank You” cards to get ahead in business. It explains how a little bit of thoughtfulness can reap some great rewards. Check it out:

==>>How Thank You Cards Can Strengthen Business Relationships

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

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

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”— Alice Walker

“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

“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

“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

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

“If you have lived, take thankfully the past.”— John Dryden

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

“Be grateful for what you have and work hard for what you don’t have.”— Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

“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

Attitude of Gratitude Quotes

We started this quotes post by mentioning the importance of having an “Attitude of Gratitude.” It seems a fitting place to end this post too.

The final quotes here are about having that all-important attitude of gratitude in life, your actions, and your character. An attitude of gratitude is one that is proactive and seeks the feeling of gratitude for all the small things in life, all the time.

Below is our final set of gratitude quotes.

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

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

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

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”— Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

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

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

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”— Albert Schweitzer

“Hardship is a blessing when it spurs effort and development; ease is a curse when it increases complacency and self-indulgence.”— Muso Kokushi

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

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

“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

A Final Word on Gratitude Quotes

Well, that is it for gratitude quotes. I hope you enjoyed this list. Maybe found a few good links and hopefully got forged some ideas of your own to perhaps start a daily gratitude habit.

If you enjoyed this collection of quotes. I would like to recommend you to a few more you may enjoy. All done in the same style, with similar picture quotes spaced throughout.

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Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed these quotes on gratitude, and maybe learned something about daily gratitude and how it can help you become happier, more content, and more successful.

If you have your own favorite gratitude quote or want to share an experience of gratitude, I would love it if you shared in the comments below.

As always, if you enjoyed these gratitude picture quotes, please share them on your favorite social media platform.

​Finally, if you’d like to learn more about building a daily gratitude ​practice or habit, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal.



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