thankfulness (n): the feeling or expression of gratitude; appreciation.
As a “college kid,” I’ve come to understand very quickly that the less you have, the more you can appreciate what you do have. I’ve personally been lucky enough for regular familial care packages to find me through my never-ending studies, but the struggle of surviving college and establishing my independence is not the only circumstance where humility warrants an expression of thankfulness.
While “thanks” is very likely one of the most common words thrown around in daily conversation, how often do we go past casually mentioning it to outwardly expressing our gratitude for the efforts of others? How thankful are we truly? How do we express our thanks? The key thing when it comes to gratitude is genuineness; when others’ words or actions have touched you, your expression of thanks must always be heartfelt. Make each day count towards letting others know they have made a difference in your life. Don’t just say what you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving, although this is the perfect time to remember that generations of sacrifices have been made so that you can sit at a table and enjoy a delicious meal with your family. Hug your dad, kiss your grandma on the cheek, and make a few special homemade gifts this holiday season. Sharing love, thanks, and warmth are what the holidays are all about.
“I am thankful for my struggle, because without it, I would not have stumbled upon my strength.” ~ Alexandra Elle
“Ingratitude produces pride, while gratitude produces humility.” ~ Orrin Woodward
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
“Walk as if kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
“If the only prayer you said was thank you,’ that would be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ~ Maya Angelou
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” ~ Thornton Wilder
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night.” ~ Irving Berlin
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ~ Brene Brown
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
“The more I understand the mind and the human experience, the more I begin to suspect there is no such thing as unhappiness; there is only ungratefulness.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“They do not love, that do not show their love.” ~ William Shakespeare
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