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50 Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness

Quotes on gratitude aren’t going to change your life, but they can help you become more mindful. Becoming more mindful is an essential foundation for overall self improvement.

Quotes on gratitude can motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to start taking different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In that way, quotes serve as a foundation and impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes on gratitude is:

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” –Eckhart Tolle

It’s so easy to take for granted those things which we become familiar with.

When we have food and water every day we don’t tend to acknowledge it as wonderful.

Most of us are accustomed to having a roof over our head and being protected from the elements. It generally doesn’t cross our mind to stop and appreciate it.

If we suddenly didn’t have access to food and water it would be a different story.

If we no longer had a roof over our head we would notice it very quickly, and it would cause distress.

It wouldn’t be long before we felt a sense of fear, followed by pain and suffering.

However, taking a moment to be grateful for these things creates the feeling of abundance. Even if it’s in small amounts.

That’s because abundance is an internal feeling, not an external object to obtain.

The more things you find to be grateful for, the more abundant your life will be.

When you feel gratitude in a moment, you automatically feel more abundance in that moment.

If you can make these moments frequent enough, your entire life becomes more abundant as a natural result.

At a high level, that’s what the quote means to me.

It really means that gratitude and abundance are one and the same. Abundance is the opposite of lack and gratitude is an expression of plenty.

That particular quote on gratitude might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes on gratitude resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and be sure to draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.” 

-Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” 

-Robert Braathe

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

-Stephen Richards

“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” 

-Mike Ericksen
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "To give thanks in solitude is enough.  Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.  Your prayer knows much more about it than you do." -Victor Hugo

“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

“Forget yesterday-it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow–you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift–today.” 

-Steve Maraboli

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” 

-A.A. Milne

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

-Alfred North Whitehead
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.   "Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." -Margaret Cousins

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden

“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” 

-Naomi Williams

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” 

-Willie Nelson

“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.” 

Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "If you say only one prayer in a day, make it thank you." -Rumi

“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

“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

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


“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” 

-Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "It is a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation." -Roberto Benigni

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 

-Melody Beattie

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

“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

“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
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." -Henri Nouwen

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” 

-Robert Quillen

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

-G.K. Chesterton

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” 

-William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”

-Doris Day 
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness. "Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated.  Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone's entire day.  Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives." -Roy T. Bennett

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

-Deepak Chopra

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” -Hansa proverb

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

-Ralph H. Blum

“Ambition is a disease. You’ve everything right now to be happy. Instead you’re anxious because of some incomplete goal. And you are never satisfied once you achieve a goal as it is immediately replaced by the next one. Be grateful and don’t let desires kill the joy of life.”

-The Ancient Sage
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness. "When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in." -Kristin Armstrong

“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”

-Steve Maraboli

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”

-Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude comes from noticing your life, not from thinking about it.” (Title of an article from the website Raptitude.) Read here

“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.”

-Eckhart Tolle
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have." -Ralph Marston

“Be grateful for what you have, work hard for what you don’t have.”


“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

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

-Alfred North Whitehead

“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
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.”

-Abraham Maslow

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.”

-Sanaya Roman

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”

-Christiane Northrup
Quotes on gratitude that inspire mindfulness.  "Expectation has brought me disappointment.  Disappointment has brought me wisdom.  Acceptance, gratitude, and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfillment." -Rasheed Ogunlaru

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  1. Monica Monica

    Thankful for such a beautiful collection of quotes 🏵️

    • Wayne Wayne

      You are most welcome, Monica 🙂

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