Living in Gratitude

Gratitude is the fastest way to happiness. We lack for nothing when we are grateful for everything.

sailing through life on a bright sunny day
Sailing on a sunny morning

Studies have shown that being more grateful can have a tremendous impact on the quality of our lives. If we are not grateful, we are suffering. Keeping our eyes on the things that we are grateful for, offsets our tendency to let things pull us down.

Look around you. You have been provided with everything that you need. The only thing lacking is your appreciation of what you have.

The nature of the disturbed mind is always wishing for things to be different. The nature of the enlightened mind is to be thankful for everything one has been blessed with.

When life becomes overwhelming, look at the things that other people are dealing with and you may consider yourself fortunate.

Open your eyes. There is always something to be grateful for, even if you are just thankful for your next breath.

If we could truly comprehend how short life is,
we would be grateful for each breath.

Throughout the day, slow down, take a look around you and realize how much you have to be thankful for.

One of the most overlooked things to be thankful for is our health. The way I look at it, if you have your health, you have just about everything. Buddha put it this way:

Health is the greatest gift;
Contentment is the greatest wealth.

Let the sayings below help inspire you to live a more grateful life:

“Gratitude makes even a temporary blessing
a taste of heaven.”
William Romaine (1714 – 1795)

“Gratitude is heaven itself”
William Blake (1757 – 1827)

“Be grateful and your face will shine like a sun.
Love will shine through you and you will become one
With the sun of love.”
Rumi (1207 – 1273)

“Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways
are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.”
Wallace Wattles (1860 – 1911)

“Who is rich?
The one who appreciates what he has.”
The Talmud (200 – 500 AD)

“Gratitude is a shortcut
that speedily leads to love.”
Theophile Gautier (1811 – 1872)

Take a deep breath.
You’re Alive!

“Giving thanks for the moment
is the only way to glimpse eternity.”
– Author Unknown

“Every misery avoided
is a new blessing.”
Paraphrasing Izaak Walton (1594 – 1683)

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those he has.”
Epictetus (55 – 135)

Copyright © 2019. Mark Ellison. All Rights Reserved.

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