'Tis the season. And with all the holiday displays, ads, and music that seem to start earlier and earlier every year, it's easy to overlook the one holiday that originated out of the spirit of gratitude—Thanksgiving. So as Thanksgiving approaches, I thought I'd share some quotes as a reminder of why we all should add gratitude to our gift lists this season.
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
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ― John F. Kennedy
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
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ― Thornton Wilder
Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up. ― Steve Maraboli
In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others. ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.― J. Robert Moskin
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. ― Ralph Marston
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ― William Arthur Ward
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ― H.U. Westermayer
As you're preparing for the hustle and bustle of the season, don't forget to add gratitude to your to-do list.
Enjoy the season!
© 2012 Sherrie Bourg Carter, All Rights Reserved
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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout
(Prometheus Books, 2011).