In his 1923 book “The Dance of Life,” English physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis puts his own spin on the common wisdom that the most valuable things in life are worth working for. A pioneering researcher whose studies into human sexuality challenged the conventions of Victorian-era society, Ellis knew the goals we chase lie on the other side of hard work, fear, and challenge.
In India during the early 20th century, few artists exercised more influence than writer and painter Rabindranath Tagore. A persuasive advocate for Indian independence, he did not live to see the 1947 milestone achieved. Yet following the example set by his father, Maharishi Debendranath, Tagore devoted his years to benefiting future generations. On the site of his father’s meditation center in Santiniketan, India, Tagore created an experimental school with five students and five teachers. That school blossomed into Vishva-Bharati University, now a century-old public institution with an enrollment in the thousands. As his quote implies, no legacy is more worthwhile than bettering the world for others.
In our busy and stressful modern world, it can be easy to forget to slow down and acknowledge the bounties that many of us already possess, such as shelter, food, and love. In our efforts to achieve and progress, we may, at times, succumb to pessimism, and lose sight of these simpler and more essential gifts.
Practicing grateful thinking helps us turn our attention away from negativity and towards what is working in our lives, and how far we have come on our journey. This approach can lighten and brighten our outlook, releasing the pressure of constant worry and effort. While setting goals is natural, gratitude balances this urge with the inherent message that we have and are enough. Gratitude allows us to rest and feel contentment and joy in the present.
We can develop our capacity for appreciation by starting a gratitude journal or simply taking a few minutes each day to reflect on all the good in our life. We may feel grateful for a sunny afternoon, steady employment, a loved one’s help, or a game of fetch with our dog. Focusing on these gifts can have a powerful and even transformative effect on our lives. Here are 11 quotes on the importance of giving thanks.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it, while there's time.
Your bounty is beyond my speaking. But though my mouth be dumb, my heart shall thank you.
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you're aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
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