The Million Benefits of Gratitude

Iris at Sunrise

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

There must be a million benefits of gratitude. Whenever life takes my breath away, I’m reminded of what I’ve been given and my attitude changes almost instantly and becomes more positive. The list is endless. From some of the biggest — health, family and friends, love and life — to the smallest — a birdsong, a flower unfolding, a star twinkling in the sky, we have been given so much.

Gratitude, I think, happens when we become aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.

Life is crazy these days, with the pace and speed at which we normally operate. But what would happen if we slow down, even for just a moment?

How different our lives would be if for one moment each day, we could walk outside, stand in silence and look at the sky, and see how amazing life really is.

 The Million Benefits of Gratitude

The benefits of gratitude are everywhere. Our spirits are lifted when we remember our life in abundance rather than from the angle of what we don’t have. We can smile, and live authentically. Our health improves, our hearts are lighter, we are empowered. We shine. Life becomes brighter rather than darker. We give to others because we realize we can, and want to, and the benefits multiply endlessly, all because we are centered on gratitude.

What a difference our lives would make, and be, if we remember how much we’ve been given. A few favorite quotes on gratitude:


No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. – Elie Wiesel


Garden daylily at first light
Garden daylily at first light

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Skimmers, a new painting
Skimmers, a portion of a new painting

I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. – Vincent Van Gogh

Cincinnati Art Museum, Vincent Van Gogh's Undergrowth with Two Figures
Cincinnati Art Museum, Vincent Van Gogh’s Undergrowth with Two Figures

One looks at life as a gift, a painting of lights and darks, each defining the other, not a series of good and bad things. Giving thanks, and often, frees the spirit and makes the heart secure. – Fay Bohlayer

Iris at Sunrise
Iris at Sunrise


Do you have a favorite way of remembering gratitude or a favorite quote? Thank you for sharing with us in the comments below!


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4 thoughts on “The Million Benefits of Gratitude

  1. I love these, all of them. I always think of Rebecca Wells’ quote that “I will try to give thanks for gifts strangely, beautifully, painfully wrapped” (I’m perhaps remembering the adjectives in the wrong order. Which reminds me that there is much to be grateful for even when we can’t see it right away. xox

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