My husband gave a battery of intelligence and personality tests to a job applicant. One question was, 'If you were given a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?'
The young man replied, 'A thank-you card.'
CICERO said: Gratitude is the mother of all virtue. GOD said: Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
David O. McKay
Do we want our homes to be happy? If we do, let them be the abiding place of prayer, thanksgiving and gratitude.
President George Albert Smith
We have every reason in time and eternity to rejoice and give thanks for the quality of our lives and the blessings we have been given.
President Howard W. Hunter: (7 Feb. 1993)
We need to be more grateful. I think there is no true character without gratitude. It is one of the marks of a real strong character to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings. We need more of that spirit in our homes, in our daily associations, in the church, everywhere. It doesn't cost anything, and it is so easy to cultivate.
Pres. Ezra Taft Benson
I remember hearing in a talk that the more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.
When you are tempted to look elsewhere for greener pastures, just remember someone else is probably looking at yours. And if another pasture looks greener, perhaps it is getting better care and attention. Grass is always greener.....where it is watered.
A newspaper subscriber commented: "Since reading that report, I've made a conscious effort to recall my blessings nearly every hour.
Instead of dreading the drudgery of cleaning house, I express gratitude for my home. I've found so many things to be grateful for, little things like running water and electricity.
A few weeks ago, I complained because my knees ached; now I say how grateful I am that I can walk. I think it's important to express our gratitude out loud.
The positive focus on gratitude has pushed out of my mind the negative thoughts that were dragging me down.
Gratitude is twin sister to humility; Pride is foe to both.
--James E. Talmage--
Happiness is the soul's joy in the possession of the intangible.
--William George Jordan--
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Think to Thank
In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness.
Thomas S. Monson
Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride. Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy.
Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency.
It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief. We have seen our beaches, our parks, our forests littered with ugly refuse by those who evidently have no appreciation for their beauty. I have driven through thousands of acres of blackened land scourged by a fire evidently set by a careless smoker whose only concern had been the selfish pleasure gained from a cigarette.
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil. Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride.
Acknowledging the Lord's hand in our lives cultivates gratitude......
God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children. Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples and never looking up to see where they come from.
You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude.
We so easily forget that we came into life with nothing. Whatever we get soon seems our natural right, not a gift. And we forget the giver. Then our gaze shifts from what we have been given to what we don't have yet.....
I believe that one of the greatest sins of which the inhabitants of the earth are guilty today is the sin of ingratitude.
Joseph Fielding Smith, Improvement Era, Dec. 1969, p. 38