"Gratitude is not a limited resource… It is abundant as air."
You know that
Thanksgiving tradition when someone says, "Let’s go around the table and say what we’re grateful for," and your mind just draws a total blank? You probably have tons of reasons to give thanks—your family, your friends/chosen family, your pets, your health—but suddenly, you’re tongue-tied. (You wouldn’t be the first—how many mega-famous people forget to thank at least one important person in their Oscars speech?)
One way to prevent this painfully-awkward moment? Practice gratitude on the reg, so you’re ready when it’s time to share your thanks before stuffing yourself with stuffing.
And get this: Your body and brain will thank you for doing so. Expressing gratitude is linked to positive social, psychological, and health states, such as increased likelihood of helping others and optimism, and better quality of sleep, more exercise, and fewer symptoms of physical illness, according to a 2017 article in the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication. Plus, multiple studies show that expressing and experiencing gratitude increases life satisfaction, vitality, and hope, and decreases levels of depression, anxiety, envy, and job-related stress and burnout, the article authors found.
With all these positive effects, of course you want to show as much gratitude as possible. But, like most things in life, it’s easier than done. So, if you need a little inspiration—or a sentiment to pass off as your own as you’re passing the gravy—these 75 gratitude quotes from philosophers, writers, and public figures will inspire you to be grateful each and every day:
Lindsay Geller is the Lifestyle Director at Women’s Health, where she oversees the Life, Sex & Love, and Relationships sections on WomensHealthMag.com and the Mind section of Women’s Health magazine. When she’s not writing or editing articles about the latest dating trends and pop culture phenomenons, she’s usually watching reality TV or playing with her dog, Lucille (Go Fetch That) Ball.
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