They say we should sometimes take a break and just appreciate the smaller things in life. But how often do we actually do it?

We live in a world where the more we have, the less grateful we become. And we’re not talking here about material stuff. We’re talking about the things that lie at the foundation of anything you’ll ever be able to accomplish — your health, your time and the people around you.

All of the above are gifts that are given to us freely, but can be taken away at any second. So take a moment to be thankful for all these gifts you normally take for granted. Not only it will make you feel more present, but it will also make you happier.

The following thankful quotes will teach you to see things in a more positive way. You’ve had a bad day at work? At least you have a job. You don’t like today’s ‘menu’? Well, at least you have something to eat. Keep in mind that there’s always something to be grateful for.

Here are 30 thankful quotes to remind you of all your blessings:

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 (more Oprah Winfrey quotes)

Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.


BETHANY HAMILTON

Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.I


RVING BERLIN

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

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

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.


CICERO

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.


CHARLES DICKENS (more Charles Dickens quotes)

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.


TECUMSEH

You ought to be thankful a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!


DR. SEUSS (more Dr. Seuss quotes)

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

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.


ESTONIAN PROVERB

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For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.


ELIE WIESEL

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.


MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

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

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


ALBERT BARNES

I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter.


NICK VUJICIC (more Nick Vujicic quotes)

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.


GERMANY KENT

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.


WILLIAM BLAKE

For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.


CHARLOTTE BRONTË

Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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


WILLIE NELSON

The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.


HANNAH WHITALL SMITH

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.


HENRY WARD BEECHER

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.


JOHN F. KENNEDY

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.


VOLTAIRE

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


STEPHEN KING (more Stephen King quotes)

Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life.


BARBARA KINGSOLVER

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


MARCEL PROUST (more Marcel Proust quotes)

‘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

There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.


HELEN KELLER