Everybody loves, or at least respects, Oprah Winfrey. She has achieved wealth beyond every conceivable height, and not just monetary wealth — but spiritual wealth, loving wealth, kind wealth. The sort of wealth that overflows and offers itself to other people, through a generosity of spirit that, ironically, money could never buy.

Below are seven quotes selected from Oprah’s book What I Know for Sure, for the purpose of making you feel a little more grateful for what you have, where you are, and who you are.

Here Are 7 Oprah Winfrey Quotes to Charge Your Day with Gratitude

Every morning when I open my curtains for that first look at the day, no matter what the day looks like—raining, foggy, overcast, sunny—my heart swells with gratitude. I get another chance.

I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life. I feel sorry for anyone who buys into the myth that you can be what you once were. The way to your best life isn’t denial. It’s owning every moment and staking a claim to the here and now… And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become.

I live in the space of thankfulness — and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because — for sure — what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.

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

Some days the awareness of the sanctity and sacredness of life brings me to my knees with gratitude. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that the little girl from Mississipi who grew up holding her nose in an outhouse now flies on her own plane — my own plane! — to Africa to help girls who grew up like her.

I live in a state of exhilarated contentment (my definition of happiness), fueled by a passion for everything I’m committed to: my work, my colleagues, my home, my gratitude for every breath taken in freedom and peace. And what makes it sweeter is knowing for sure that I created this happiness. It was my choice.

Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you, too, will keep encountering challenges. It is a blessing to be able to survive them, to be able to keep putting one foot in front of the other — to be in a position to make the climb up life’s mountain, knowing that the summit still lies ahead. And every experience is a valuable teacher.


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