100+ Gratitude Quotes to Practice Mindfulness


David Em

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Practicing mindfulness leads to gratitude. Read gratitude quotes to appreciate and be thankful for life. They’ll also inspire your practice.

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Mindfulness is the practice of being present.

When you’re aware of the present moment, you’ll experience gratitude.

It helps you notice your blessings and overcome challenges.

Gratitude benefits your well-being and relieves stress.

Mindfulness and gratitude quotes to inspire your practice are as follows. They’ll lead you to be present and thankful.

Meaningful gratitude quotes

1. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

2. “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” –Eckhart Tolle

3. “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” -Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong quote about focusing on gratitude.
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4. “With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

5. “Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” -Wayne Dyer

6. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” -Henry Ward Beecher

7. “Have gratitude for all that you have, and you can be happy exactly as you are.” -Mandy Ingber

8. “We have to fill our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude makes everything that we have more than enough.” -Susan L. Taylor

9. “Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.” -Jen Sincero

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

11. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -Maya Angelou

12. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” -Buddha

13. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” -Willie Nelson

14. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” -Brene Brown

15. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” -Omar Khayyam

16. “Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” –Deepak Chopra

17. “Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.” -Ralph Marston

18. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

19. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” -Amy Collette

Amy Collette quote about gratitude being the catalyst for happiness.
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20. “Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.” -Mindy Kaling

21. “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

22. “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” -Walter Hagen

23. “Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.” -Oprah Winfrey

24. “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.” -Melody Beattie

25. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” -Dr. Seuss

26. “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” -Germany Kent

27. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.” -Seneca

28. “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” -John Ortberg

29. “The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.” –Sadhguru

30. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” -Maya Angelou

31. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” -Bill Keane

32. “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

33. “Each day give thanks for the gift of life. You are blessed.” -Pablo

34. “Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” -Todd Stocker

35. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” -Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa quote about being happy in the moment.
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36. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” -Eileen Caddy

37. “I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” -Will Arnett

38. “Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

39. “When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.” -Emmanuel Dagher

40. “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” -Douglas Wood

41. “Being mindful means that we suspend judgment for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.” -J. Mark G. Williams

42. “When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.” -Lissa Rankin

43. “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” -Robert Holden

44. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” -Mandy Hale

45. “The present moment is free from both anxiety and regrets, as all the regrets and sorrows we carry are centered in the past, while all our anxieties and worries are centered in the future.” -Kathirasan K

46. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” -Ernest Hemingway

47. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

48. “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” -David Steindl-Rast

49. “Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.” -Lauryn Hill

50. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley

51. “When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” -Suze Orman

52. “Think about every good thing in your life right now. Free yourself of worrying. Let go of the anxiety, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” -Germany Kent

53. “The present moment is so much more rich, and dynamic, and has so much more depth than anything we can think about, any thought about our future, or some memory from the past.” -Todd Perelmuter

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

Thornton Wilder quote about being alive.
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55. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” -Nicole Reed

56. “Happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential to the full human experience.” -Kristin Neff

57. “Being present is learning how to nostalgic about the moment you’re still in.” -Jon Acuff

58. “When we maintain a conscious connection with Gratitude, our presence will naturally radiate a certain beauty and undisturbed, inner tranquillity.” -Donna Goddard

59. “Find gratitude in the little things and your well of gratitude will never run dry.” -Antonia Montoya

60. “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

61. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

62. “Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

63. “Present over perfect living is real over image, connecting over comparing, meaning over mania, depth over artifice.” -Shauna Niequist

64. “It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now – and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” -Joanna Gaines

65. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” -Karl Barth

66. “The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

67. “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

68. “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” -Steve Maraboli

69. “Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” -Sanaya Roman

70. “Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.” -Dale Carnegie

71. “When you express gratitude for the blessings that come into your life, it not only encourages the universe to send you more, it also sees to it that those blessings remain.” -Stephen Richards

72. “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” -Amit Ray

Amit Ray quote about being grateful for breath.
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73. “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

74. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault

75. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” -Brian Tracy

76. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” -Eileen Caddy

77. “The point of power is always in the present moment.” -Louise L. Hay

78. “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” -Victor Hugo

79. “The sun will never return the same way. Find one small thing to love today.” -Angie Weiland-Crosby

80. “Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.” -Mary Davis

81. “I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.” -Andra Day

82. “Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace.” -Arianna Huffington

83. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” -Roy T. Bennett

84. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” -Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle quote about abundance.
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85. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” -Tony Robbins

86. “Thanksgiving – always precedes the miracle.” -Ann Voskamp

87. “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” -Brené Brown

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

89. “Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -Charles Dickens

90. “The best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” -Mother Teresa

91. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” -Rumi

92. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” -Meister Eckhart

93. “Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.” -Rhonda Byrne

94. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” -William Morris

95. “Take each day as it comes and focus on the present moment.” -Vera Lynn

96. “To become mindfully aware of our surroundings is to bring our thinking back to our present moment reality and to the possibility of some semblance of serenity in the face of circumstances outside our ability to control.” -Jeff Kober

97. “Practicing gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and others.” -Cynthia Germanotta

98. “For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” -Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel quote about every hour being grace.
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99. “Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” -Louie Schwartzberg

100. “Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.” -Joseph B. Wirthlin

101. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” -Zig Ziglar

102. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy

Final thoughts

Now that you’ve read mindfulness and gratitude quotes, you can put it into practice.

Observe the present moment with mindfulness. Be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

It keeps you from the overwhelming expectations of life.

You can also find balance, peace, and gratitude.

Related: Positive Affirmations for Anxiety

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David Em

David Em is the Founder of Relaxation Hero. He created this site to provide tips and resources to help you relax. Outside of Relaxation Hero, David is the CEO of Everyone Media Group. He also enjoys hiking, running, and traveling.