You know that feeling you get when you read a quote or message that speaks to your soul?
Maybe it motivates you, maybe it makes you feel like you’re not alone, and maybe it even inspires you to step outside your comfort zone.
Those emotions, that are triggered by the right quote at just the right time, are exactly why gratitude quotes are beneficial to your students.
Especially when there is so much uncertainty in the state of the world right now.
Benefits of Inspiring Gratitude Quotes
Aside from the obvious benefits of a good inspiring quote, using quotes with students can help them remember things.
For example, some quotes, if recited frequently, can stick with a student for their entire lives. They may even pass them on to their children and grandchildren.
Activities can also work well, but reciting catchy or meaningful quotes regularly can be just as effective in teaching students how to find gratitude.
Plus, if you’re strapped for time, reciting beautiful quotes takes mere seconds out of the day.
By the way, gratitude quotes are even more important today because as the world spins out of control (seemingly) it’s not only important to be grateful for the things we have, but it’s also important to feel in control of our thoughts.
Gratitude is part of the answer.
According to Positive Pyschology.com gratitude benefits us in the following ways:
- Emotionally: Increasing self-esteem, promoting positivity and feelings of happiness
- Socially: Improves relationships and boosts social support from others
- Personality: Makes room for optimism, spirituality, and giving
- In our careers: Practicing gratitude can help put meaning into work and influence ability to manage stress
- Physically: Reduces depressive symptoms and improves sleep
Teaching Students How to Make Gratitude a Daily Ritual
Starting the day off with a different gratitude quote each day will help students build the habit of looking inward and uncovering gratefulness and abundance.
Circle through these quotes to keep students engaged, ask them to take note of which quotes mean the most to them, and ask them to write in their gratitude journal.
After a while, this practice will become a habit, and eventually a part of each student’s daily routine, long after they’ve crossed your desk.
48 Gratitude Quotes to Inspire Your Students
- “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” Mary Davis
- “Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.” Joseph B. Wirthlin
- “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” Steve Maraboli
- “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus
- “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — A.A. Milne
- “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges, they are choices.” — Robert Braathe
- “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse
- “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” — Eckhart Tolle
- “Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.” — Mary Davis
- “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~Zig Ziglar
- “Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie
- “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” ~Steve Maraboli
- “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
- “Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” ~Brian Tracy
- “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” ~Jim Rohn
- “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” ~Robert Holden
- “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~Melody Beattie
- “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
- “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel
- “There is no disaster that can’t become a blessing, and no blessing that can’t become a disaster.” ~Richard Bach
- “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I choose gratitude.” ~Nick Vujicic
- “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
- “I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.” ~Confucius
- “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton
- “Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault
- “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ~Marcus Aurelius
- “All that we behold is full of blessings.” ~William Wordsworth
- “I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” ~Habeeb Akande
- “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ~Brene Brown
- “The way to move out of judgement is to move into gratitude.” ~Neale Donald Walsch
- “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- “What makes gratitude meaningful isn’t the intensity of it but the specificity of it.” ~Matt Lundquist
- “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” ~Gerald Good
- “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ~Lionel Hampton
- “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” ~John Ortberg
- “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” ~Doris Day
- “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossoms.” ~Marcel Proust
- “So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.” ~Helen Keller
- “You don’t get blessed and feel blessed. You have to first feel blessed then the blessings come to you.” ~Roman Price
- “Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.” ~Marianne Williamson
- “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” ~Neale Donald Walsch
- “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~James Allen
- “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr
- “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ~G.K. Chesterton
- “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~Brene Brown
- “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward
- “Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have.” ~Zig Ziglar
- “I am thankful for the adversities, which have crossed my pathway, for they taught me tolerance, sympathy, self-control, perseverance, and some other virtues I might never have known.” ~Napoleon Hill
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