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Of all the expressions in the dictionary, there are two that probably evoke very powerful and positive emotions — one is “Thank you” to show our appreciation and the other is “I am sorry” when we’re in the wrong. These maxims, when said from the heart and delivered with sincerity, have the power to eliminate negative feelings and experiences and replace them with a more optimistic and contented outlook on life.
When we express gratitude through speech or action or merely extend grateful thanks for whatever reason, we’re building productive relationships and deepening our own sense of well-being. Gratitude gives us a moment to reflect and accept what we have, and appreciate all that is good in our lives.
Below are 15 perceptive observations on the upside of gratitude:
"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good."
— Maya Angelou, author
"True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not."
— Seneca, Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist
"Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
— Charles Dickens, author
"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, talk show host and author
"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
— Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and self-help author
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