Top 10 Quotes On Gratitude and Giving Thanks

by | Nov 23, 2020 | 9 comments


When we think of living a healthy lifestyle, we tend to think of eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, but what you may not realize is that a consistent practice of gratitude is great for your health too! Research shows that regularly expressing gratitude (either by journaling, writing letters or through prayer or meditation) can have a direct and positive effect on your well-being. Studies have found that giving thanks may make you feel more optimistic about your life, improve your happiness level, help you exercise more often and even see your doctor less.


Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals–whether to other people, nature, or a higher power,” and notes that expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways we can feel better. Practicing gratitude can be simple — taking some time each day to journal about something you are thankful for, writing a note to (or telling) someone what you appreciate about them, or reflecting in prayer or meditation on all of the things you are thankful for — can be great ways to begin sharing your thoughts of thankfulness. Find something that resonates with you and try to incorporate your favorite ways of sharing your appreciation as often as you can into your regular routine.


We hope these quotes about expressing gratitude inspire you to consider adding being thankful to your priorities when it comes to healthy habits so that you can reap all of the wonderful benefits that come to you and those around you when we put thankfulness into practice on a regular basis.


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Tell us, what do you think are the best quotes about gratitude and being thankful? Do you have a favorite way to express gratitude in your life? Please share with us in the comments below.

#1: “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

#2: “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

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

#4: “When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.” – Jennifer Gayle

#5: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

#6: “It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” – David Steindl-Rast

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

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

#9: “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” ―W. Clement Stone

#10: “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ―Ralph H. Blum


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  1. Margie Breen

    I love these quotes on being thankful! I have a journal that I write in every night expressing my gratitude to my Higher Power….even if I’ve had a crummy day there is so much to be grateful for.

  2. Bonnie Gilfillan

    I am grateful that Peanut and Jessica never get tired of encouraging us to sparkle while we sweat! Thank you!

  3. Cathy C

    Thank you for sharing these quotes. We all need to be reminded of these this year.

  4. Karen

    Thank you so much for sharing these words with us. It’s so easy to forget gratitude in the hustle and bustle of this very strange world we are living in right now. These words have brought it all back home to me and have reminded me how important gratitude is. The timing of this post could not have been better. Thank you Jessica and Peanut.

  5. Nezha

    Yes, gratitude is just a muscle, we must work out on it… exactly as we regularly work on our physical ones with Jessica & Peanut!
    Thank you! ❤

  6. Christine Hansen

    I learned being grateful is an action, and it requires me to do something to express my thankfulness. It can mean taking care of those I love, even myself, or recognizing the many blessing in my life and doing my best to treasure them by what I do daily.

    If I’m feeling out of sorts, I’ll say a mantra that includes being grateful and humble for the gifts I’ve received. It soothes what ever was bothering me, even loss of a loved one.

  7. melissa

    Was on the verge of having a not-so-pleasant day (which would have been my own fault) but as per usual, Jessics and Peanut’s wise words helped. Molti grazi!

  8. Marisa

    I’m grateful that you shared these kind words with us and for having found your workout community 2 years ago. On the days where I’m too hard on myself because I missed a work out, I remind myself that something is better than nothing – it’s a journey, not a sprint. Walk On Jessica, Peanut and Team!

  9. Janet Gindlesperger

    Excellent! And I am grateful for you, Jessica Smith!


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