Thankfulness Quotes to Live By
Have you had the time to reflect on everything that’s happening in your life recently? With all the stress and anxiety the pandemic has given us, we seldom consider taking a moment to breathe and think about how thankful we are to be where we are today. Are we thankful for the life we have or are we specifically thankful to a person who may have assisted us in some way? The beauty of saying thank you is lost on some people so we thought these beautiful quotes are a great reminder to be thankful, even for the smallest thing.
There are plenty of places that a little thank you can go a long way. For example, say your friends have just let you crash at their place for a couple of nights, and now you’re going home. Give them a note or call them to tell them how much it meant to have somewhere comfy to rest your head. A little kindness goes a long way and to some it’s a very religious experience. Or if someone lets you go in front of them in line or hold open a door when there is no one else around, tell them thank you. When someone holds the elevator door open for us when we’re rushing down four flights of stairs late to work (seriously), I always take just enough time out of my day to say Thank you. This small act shows people that they made an impact on our day in some way and it’s not always black and white.
Here are 20 of the most meaningful quotes about thankfulness to hopefully inspire you to thank a family member, a friend, a loved one or even yourself.
“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
“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
“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.” -Vietnamese Proverb
Who Should Be Saying Thank You
Everyone should be saying thank you—no matter who they are, what company they work for, or how busy their schedule is. Research shows that thanking people makes them feel good about themselves and even encourages them to work harder (because if they aren’t working hard enough for someone else, why should they do it at all?).
When we don’t say thank you, we show a lack of manners; more importantly, we risk making those around us feel taken for granted and less appreciated. So whether you’re running your own business or just responding to an email from your boss, remember to take time out of your day to thank others. They may just remember it next time around!