Put Some Gratitude in Your Holiday Attitude

One way to beat the holiday blues is to dig deep and find things in your life you can feel grateful for. No matter the turmoil you may be experiencing or the pressure the holiday season brings, there is undoubtedly something in your life worthwhile that you can appreciate.

To help you foster your own sense of gratitude, here five quotes on gratitude to inspire your thinking!

1. Realizing that you have “enough”

“Enough” is a feast.

– Buddhist proverb

We have a lot of goals and wants in life, but the most important thing we can have is “enough.” If we have something to eat, a place to sleep and someone to love or someone who loves us – we have most of what we need.

2. Live your gratitude

“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, US President

If we say we are truly grateful, then our actions should reflect those words. As the Buddha said: “What we think we become.” Acting on your gratitude is powerful.

3. Reflect on the present good – not on the past

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

– Charles Dickens, author

The past is the past. It can’t be changed. But by the same token, the pass also holds no further power over you are no longer limits you. What you have now, what you do now and what you will do next are all that matter.

4. Make your blessings count

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”

– Neal A. Maxwell, scholar and educator

In addition to being grateful for the blessings that have come our way, we do them a disservice by not taking advantage of them. There are many people in life who are given so much, yet squander their blessings. Don’t be that person. You may have received that blessing for a reason and by taking advantage of it – it can propel you ever further.

5. Repay your gratitude

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

While we can be grateful for the people in our life or the people from the past that have helped us, it’s important to tell or show them. A kind word or action goes a long way, and they may remember your appreciation just as strongly as you remember your gratitude.