On Gratitude

Here are some lovely gratitude quotes:

“Practicing gratitude is an especially beneficial way to counter the painful emotions and stressors that come with the holiday season. … thoughts of gratitude are
embodied in cascading physical processes which can trigger physical circuits that dampen the release of stress hormones.” – Rick Hanson

“These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.”
— Anguttara Nikaya 2.118

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” – Albert Schweitzer

Thich Nhat Hanh has a meal recitation – the first two lines are:
“This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.”

“Gratitude springs from an insight, a recognition of interdependence,  that something good has come to me from another person, that it is freely given to me.  The moment this recognition dawns on me, gratitude spontaneously dawns in my heart. You can feel either grateful or alienated, but never both at the same time. Gratefulness drives out alienation; there is not room for both in the same heart. When you are grateful you know that you belong to a network of give-and-take and you say “yes” to that belonging.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero

Joseph Goldstein, wrote in his book One Dharma, “when we feel true gratitude, whether toward particular people or toward life, metta (lovingkindness) will flow from us naturally. When we connect with another person through gratitude, the barriers that separate begin to melt.”
“Gratitude is the key to unlocking a more open and rewarding perspective on life. Feelings of appreciation are always accompanied by the elevation of one’s state of life and the broadening of one’s perspective. And, the more our life expands, the more profound our sense of gratitude becomes, to the point where we can feel appreciation even for the problems we face in life.” – Soka Gakkai International

“Gratitude …. turns the mind in such a way that it enables you to live into life…. Having access to the joy and wonderment of life is the antidote to feelings of scarcity and loss. It allows you to meet life’s difficulties with an open heart. The understanding you gain from practicing gratitude frees you from being lost or identified with either the negative or the positive aspects of life, letting you simply meet life in each moment as it rises.” – Phillip Moffitt
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough.”
Meister Eckhart

“The path to happiness is forgiveness of everyone and gratitude for everything.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!