Mindfulness Gratitude Quotes to Spark Joy and Appreciation in Your Life

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Mindfulness Gratitude Quotes

Do you have a mindfulness gratitude practice?

Many yogis start their day with gratitude by writing down three things they are grateful for and why.

Others have a gratitude jar. They write down one thing they are grateful for every day and put it in the jar. Then when they are feeling down, they can read a piece of paper out of the jar.

What is your gratitude practice?

These mindfulness gratitude quotes will inspire you to start practicing more gratitude!

What Is Mindfulness Gratitude?

Mindfulness is the practice of present-moment awareness. Gratitude is the practice of being thankful for the many blessings in your life. Together, they are a force that will completely transform your life. Not because anything in your external world will change. But your internal world, and therefore how you experience the external world, will drastically shift.

By practicing mindfulness gratitude you are in a constant state of awe, wonder, and deep appreciation for all of the blessings of the here and now. For your breath, the people around you, the food in your belly, the clothes on your back, the trees, water, air… all of it.

Mindfulness gratitude allows you to cultivate an intentional mindset that is always grateful and always in the present.

Benefits of Gratitude

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There is a lot of research on gratitude out there! Gratitude is more than just a trend or a buzzword. Mindfulness gratitude is scientifically proven to benefit your overall psychological well-being. What does the research saying about the benefits of this practice?

Practicing gratitude can…

  • increase your overall happiness.
  • increase other positive emotions.
  • help you relish positive experiences more deeply.
  • improve your overall health.
  • help you deal with adversity.
  • help you build stronger interpersonal relationships.

Gratitude Quotes

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If you need a little inspiration right now to foster a grateful heart, read these mindfulness gratitude quotes. I invite you to meditate on them or use them as journal prompts.

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.” – Oliver Sacks

“Once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” – Germany Kent

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.” – Emmanuel Dagher

“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” – Steve Maraboli

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“We’re a nation hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.” – Brené Brown

“Enough is a feast.” – Buddha

“Whatever we are waiting for—peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance—it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.”— Gabrielle Bernstein

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”— Rumi

“It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.”— Roberto Benigni

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”— Paulo Coelho

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.”— Kristin Armstrong

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

Gratitude Quotes for What You Already Have

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One of the main aspects of gratitude is being able to recognize and be thankful for what you already have. These quotes will remind you to do just that.

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” – Estonian Proverb

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah Winfrey

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” — Pema Chödrön

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” –Eckhart Tolle

Gratitude Quotes for the Present Moment

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You must be grateful for what you already have. And all you ever really have is the present moment. Learning how to cultivate a present-moment awareness is key to living life with a heart full of gratitude.

“I may not be where I want to be, but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” – Habeeb Akande

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

“Gratitude unleashes the freedom to live content in the moment, rather than being anxious about the future or regretting the past.” ― Nancy Leigh DeMoss

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” –Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Reflect upon your present moment of blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

Gratitude Quotes for Others

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There is nothing more important in life than the people you surround yourself with. Loved ones are truly what makes life worth living. Remember to express your appreciation and gratitude for them every chance you get.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think, with deep gratitude, of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

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

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” – Charles Schwab

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Rausch

“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” – Elie Wiesel

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”— Maya Angelou

Gratitude Quotes for Gratitude In Action

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Gratitude is more than just a nice idea. It requires explicit effort. These quotes spell out exactly how you can live a life full of mindfulness gratitude.

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

“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

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”— Richard Bach

“My day begins and ends with gratitude.”— Louise Hay

“A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.”— Mason Cooley

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.”  -Rasheed Ogunlaru

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” – Tecumseh

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say.” – Alice Walker

Gratitude Quotes on Nature, Beauty, and the Universe

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Other than our loved ones, nature and beauty are what makes life so sweet. Surely we cannot imagine life without being able to delight our eyes in all that the universe offers.

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” – Irving Berlin

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”— Deepak Chopra

“The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”— Mary Davis

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”— Dalai Lama

“May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.”— Hafiz

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” -Stephen Richards

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”— Richelle E. Goodrich

Gratitude Quotes on Joy

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If you want to be more joyful, you do not need more stuff. What you need is to cultivate a grateful mindset. Releasing desire and embracing gratitude is the secret to a joyful life.

It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” – David Steindl-Rast

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.”  – Anonymous

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” – Steve Maraboli

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph Blum

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

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

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.” – Barry Neil Kaufman


What is mindfulness gratitude?

Together, the practices of mindfulness and gratitude help you become more present and more appreciative in your life.

What are the 4 A’s of gratitude?

Appreciation, approval, admiration, attention.

What are the three pillars of mindfulness?

Focused attention, open awareness, and kind intention.

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About Gemma Clarke

Gemma Clarke is a certified and experienced yoga & meditation instructor. She has been practicing meditation since 2014 and teaching since 2018. Gemma specializes in yoga and mindfulness for emotional wellbeing, and she has taught in Thailand, Cambodia, and the UK. Gemma is passionate about sharing her expertise and experience with meditation to inspire others to live more mindfully, becoming happier, healthier, and calmer. Follow me: Instagram | LinkedIn

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