Contrary to popular belief, gratitude begets happiness, not the other way around.
According to Harvard Health, positive psychology research indicates that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
Gratitude is an emotion, not just an action. It doesn’t only occur when someone does something for us. It begins with gratitude for self: being thankful for anything you have in this life can create a ripple effect that empowers your entire day and helps you make the right decision. Gratitude doesn’t just have to occur when someone does something for you that you value – it could simply be being thankful for what you have in this life, being thankful for the moment you are experiencing right now, the good memories you have.
Feelings of gratitude can, in this way, allow one to cultivate the positive emotions necessary to fully enjoy good experiences, build strong relationships, and overcome obstacles. Gratitude is now being explored as an effective science to lead a positive and successful life.
Many scholars and philosophers have appreciated the importance of gratitude in leading a positive and successful life. Oprah Winfrey is a prominent example of someone who has risen up from humble beginnings to be highly successful in her field and has openly talked about gratitude and its impact on her own personal life. Gratitude has been defined in many different, beautiful ways with some of the world’s most renowned authors, philosophers, and spokespersons.
As an avid patron and follower of Bob Proctor, I have experienced this firsthand, in fact it has helped completely turn my life around. As I take on the responsibility of helping individuals find their way and their calling, by shifting their perspective in life, I cannot help but look back at a few precious quotes on gratitude from my favourite mentors that have stood me through thick and thin. I hope they help you and resound with you as much as they have with me. I combined a list of some of my favorite quotes on gratitude, to help define this complex and wonderful emotion through multiple different perspectives.
1. Gratitude is an attitude that hooks up to our source of supply.
The more grateful you are the closer you become to your maker, to the architect of the universe, to the spiritual core of your being. It’s a phenomenal lesson. – Bob Proctor
(Known as America’s greatest prosperity teacher, Bob Proctor is a celebrated speaker, motivational coach and author of multiple bestselling books, including New York Times bestseller “You Were Born Rich.”)
2. When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. – Anthony Robbins
(Anthony or “Tony” Robbins is an American author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, known as the nation’s number 1 life and business strategist.)
3. The more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because – for sure – what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it. – Oprah Winfrey
(Oprah Winfrey is an American Talk Show Host, actress, television producer, media executive, and philanthropist, winner of multiple esteemed awards in the media industry)
4. Learning the art of expressing gratitude will force to focus on the positive. – Jim Rohn
( Emanuel James Rohn, professionally known as Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker who was, according to his website, a “trailblazer in the self-help/ personal development industry.”)
5. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
(More commonly known as Cicero, he was a Roman statesman, lawyer, philosopher, and writer who is, according to Britannica, “remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator.”)
6. Be grateful for what you have, and where you are in your journey. Gratitude is key to manifesting abundance- Abraham Hicks
(Esther Hicks, often referred to as Abraham Hicks, is an American inspirational speaker and author. She refers to Abraham Hicks as her “Infinite Intelligence” which is the source energy channeled through Esther Hicks.)
7. The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. –Neale Donald Walsh
(Neale Donald Walsh is an American author, actor, speaker, and screenwriter. He is the author of the popular series “Conversations with God.”)
8. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. – Eckhart Tolle
(Eckhart Tolle, a German-born resident of Canada, is a spiritual teacher and a bestselling author. In 2008, The New York Times called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States.”)
9. Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. – Amy Collette.
(Amy Collette is the author of “The Gratitude Connection,” and founder of “Unleash Your Inner Author”, a book coaching company for writers based in Denver, Colorado.)
10. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. – Karl Barth
(Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian. He is known for his authorship of the Barmen Declaration, and especially his unfinished five-volume theological summa the Church Dogmatics. He was one of the most influential protestants of the 20th century.)