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I Am Grateful That Thorns Have Roses: 11 Reasons to Remember Thankfulness

Studies show that gratitude has an inverse correlation with depression—the more grateful you are, the happier you are. Eleven thinkers, throughout the ages, on why being thankful matters.
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There's an old saying that if you've forgotten the language of gratitude, you'll never be on speaking terms with happiness. It turns out this isn't just a fluffy idea. Several studies have shown depression to be inversely correlated to gratitude. It seems that the more grateful a person is, the less depressed they are....

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“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
Meister Eckhart

“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

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you,
and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
—John F. Kennedy

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

“You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude,
then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

James Herriot

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,
turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr

 


This set of quotes was compiled by Ayla Harbin for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Ayla is a YES! intern.

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