Research tells us that expressing gratitude is a tonic for our mental and emotional health.

Daily expressions of thankfulness relieve stress and cultivate a sense of well-being.

Here are some sayings about gratitude to commemorate Thanksgiving, and remind us to stop, calm, and center ourselves during the busy-ness of the coming holidays.

On Gratitude

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Jean Baptiste Massieu (translated from French)

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~ William Faulkner

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~ G.K. Chesterton

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

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~ Edwin Arlington Robinson

“Appreciation is the purest vibration that exists on the planet today.” ~ Abraham-Hicks

“Do not take anything for granted – not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.” ~ Terri Guillemets

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“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

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray Love

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