25 Thanksgiving Quotes – 25 Experiences of Gratitude

What is it about a grateful heart that feels so good?  Have you noticed that when you appreciate and acknowledge with gratitude the day is brighter?  Have you felt the lightness of your being when you give thanks?  Our hearts open and warm when we see, experience and acknowledge with thanksgiving, the gifts lavished upon us moment-to-moment.

For centuries, millions have felt and used gratitude’s magic and blessings.  Clearly, there is much benefit in its use or so many would not have shared their experiences!

Today I want to share with you thoughts and experiences of 25 “Come-to-the-Edge-Today” people who directly experienced the power of gratitude in their lives.

Today’s “leaping exercise”:  Notice the call to action in their description.  Be mindful of their thankfulness for the gift of gratitude.  Connect with the energy behind the words.  Feel the warmth and openness.  Slowly read each person’s experience.  Print a copy and place a star next to those comments that most resonate with you, or write them in your journal.  Read them often.  Next, write your thoughts and experiences of how the power of gratitude has gifted you.  If you have yet to experience this, write an intention for beginning to use it daily.  (It won’t take long for its magic to show up!)

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around” – Willie Nelson

“Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy” – M.J. Ryan

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy – they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom” – Marcel Proust

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel” – Author Unknown

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart” – Jean Baptiste Massieu

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” – 1 Chronicles 29:13

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” – G.K. Chesterton

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough” – Meister Eckhart

“Gratitude is the best attitude” – Anonymous

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks” – Saint Ambrose

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering… Now, let us acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation— that we are here, in these particular bodies, at this particular time, in these particular circumstances. May we never take for granted the gift of our individuality” – Saint Augustine of Hippo

“We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces” – Rumi

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” – Psalm 107:1

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul” – Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Gratitude: A lively sense of future benefit” – A French Definition

“Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better” – Matthew Henry

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and a happy mind – Thomas Secker Archbishop of Cantebury

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant” – Hosea Ballou

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy” – Mother Teresa

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer” – Maya Angelou


Thankful for sharing this journey at “The Edge” with you –Joan Kappes

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