There is something about a family meal that can straight up suck any feelings of success and gratitude right out of you. Your start up’s progress becomes “cute” and a short interruption to the details of when you’re getting a real job. Your daily yoga practice reduced to hippy nonsense. Any hope of sharing your new venture our travels get eschewed for the topic of babies, investment properties and corporate promotions. Why on earth did you ever leave the kids table?
You’re trying to maintain your positive psychology learnings in the forefront of your mind, but it seems more like a competition for one-uppings and backhanded compliments. Pairing all that with the scary and polarizing, current world news and there’s a good chance holiday gatherings could take a toll on you. It’s no wonder the jokes and statistics abounding about holiday family feuds, depression, anxiety and increased alcohol consumption and hospitalizations.
When it seems that the world has gone mad and tragedies have given our lives a somber tone, there is still, and always will be, a bright beacon of hope. Hope for you, your family and humanity at large. That beacon is gratitude and it lights the way to better and brighter days for anyone who chooses to practice it.
There is always something to be grateful for and that, in and of itself, is an incredible thing. If you’re reading this give thanks for the incredible gifts of literacy, electricity, internet and time.
There is always something to be grateful for and that, in and of itself, is an incredible thing.
Take to heart the advice of the successful and leave the well-meaning hen pecks of your family aside. Here are 26 quotes to help keep you grateful and grounded this holiday season, man of which are from Oprah, because let’s face it, Oprah invented gratitude. Don’t let anyone at the dinner table tell you otherwise.
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Tony Robbins
"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” Oprah Winfrey
“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.” Gabby Bernstein
"Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“The best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything, even my problems with joy.” Mother Teresa
“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
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.” Melody Beattie
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou
“It’s not easy being grateful all the time. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you.” Oprah Winfrey
“Gratitude and opportunity create more of the same.” Seth Godin
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” Brene Brown
“Sometimes we forget that it’s great to be alive and we’re breathing. Some days are tough, but we have a lot to be thankful for, you just have to look for it sometimes. They say if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of the world.” Kid President
“No gesture is too small when done with gratitude.” Oprah Winfrey
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
“Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.” Helen Keller
"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” Dalai Lama
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” Doris Day
"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to praise and celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey
"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
“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” Tony Robbins