Today is the day, American Thanksgiving, marking the 40th day of our 40 days of gratitude.
Throughout the 40 days we have heard from many of you to let us know how gratitude has transformed your life. We have heard of how it has touched you, and how it helped you to give to others, in richer and more meaningful ways.
To all of you who have participated in the project, for one day or forty, online, on the windows, on a card or in your mind, we thank you.
Today, let the following soul-stirring quotes provide 12 reasons to be grateful. And let these first graders, in their eagerness to write down one thing they are grateful for at Tuscan Elementary, provide a backdrop for how simple but powerful gratitude can be. Yesterday they allowed me to witness some of their mindfulness techniques in action. Today, I hope they bring a smile to your face.
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” Edward Sanford Martin
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” William Faulkner
“Gratitude opens the door to… the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra
“We think we have to do something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” Iyanla Vanzant
“Trade your expectation for your appreciation and the world changes instantly.” Tony Robbins
“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” Dr. Robert Holden
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
“No gesture is too small when done with gratitude.” Oprah
“It the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart
“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” Jack Canfield
“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.” Tony Morrison
What are you grateful for today?