The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” -Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

15 Thanksgiving Quotes to Start the Holiday Season

Happy Thanksgiving Quotes


Thanksgiving is here in the United States. Even outside of the USA, you can benefit from a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude. Here are fifteen quotes to get you started:


“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” –Amy Grant


“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then they discover once a year is way too often.” –Johnny Carson




“I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” –Marcus Samuelsson


“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” –W.J. Cameron


“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” –Erma Bombeck


“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” –Irv Kupcient


“Thanksgiving Day comes…once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” –Edward Sandford Martin



“I like football. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” –Craig Ferguson

3 Keys to Tap the Power of Gratitude

  1. Emote: feel the emotion.
  2. Extend: give gratitude to include other people.
  3. Exercise: do your daily gratitude exercise.

Having an attitude of gratitude is often a key to our happiness and success. In this talk, Jane Ransom shares the 3 keys of gratitude.


“Gratitude frees us from emotional pain.” -Jane Ransom


“Gratitude replaces victimhood with joy.” -Jane Ransom


“If you want to feel more emotional joy, choose gratitude.” -Jane Ransom


“When you practice gratitude, you change yourself. And when you change yourself, you change the world.” -Jane Ransom

17 Benefits of Thankfulness and Gratitude

Grateful Thankful Blessed Benefits of Gratitude

Thankfulness and Gratitude

In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. That usually means overindulging in food, football, and family. It’s also a time to increase our gratitude for the many blessings we have.


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” -Cicero


For years, I have studied the benefits of an attitude of gratitude. I’m amazed at study after study that demonstrates its incredible power. Gratitude helps us:

  • Reduce depression
  • Get promotions at work
  • Improve our self esteem
  • Increase our energy
  • Develop a strong immune system
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Increase sleep quality
  • Reduce and cope with negative stress
  • Eat healthier
  • Have deeper friendships
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve job performance
  • Become more likable
  • Reach goals faster
  • Increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing
  • Reduce negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger
  • Increase positive emotions such as love and empathy

There are many ways to increase gratitude in our lives. One of the best ways is to start a gratitude journal.

But, let’s face it: many of us won’t commit to doing that. So, let’s make this simple. Let’s improve our spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude right now, whatever we are doing, wherever we are, even if we are not celebrating Thanksgiving.

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