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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: An Attitude of Gratitude

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and, while I know the history behind the holiday is problematic, I still love that we celebrate it. For me, it's about gratitude above all. Yes, it's great to gather with loved ones. Yes, it's fun to feast on delicious food. Yes, it's delightful to watch football (for some people), play games, take long walks, nap on the couch, and just spend time visiting with family and friends. What's the holiday really about, though? Gratitude. It's a time to acknowledge all the wonder and goodness that life has to offer, even amidst the challenges and struggles we all face. As a religious person, it's also a time for me to really reflect on and fervently thank God for the blessings He's given me. I love that there is a holiday focused on thankfulness. Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you do take a moment this week to be grateful for what and who you have in your life and for all those little things that make your existence beautiful, joyful, and worth living. 

One of the things I'm very grateful for is YOU. Thank you for visiting my blog, for leaving thoughtful comments, and for making this book blogging community of ours such a delightful place to hang out. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

To celebrate the upcoming holiday, today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Thanksgiving Freebie. I'm going to go with something non-bookish today and list ten quotes I love about gratitude. If you want to join in the TTT fun, head on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Lovely Quotes About Gratitude

1. There is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for. - Author Unknown

2. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

3. "So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy." - Brother David Steindl-Rast, American monk

4. "Count your blessings;
Name them one by one. 
Count your many blessings;
See what God has done."

- hymn, "Count Your Blessings," text by Johnson Oatman, Jr., music by Edwin O. Excell

5. " in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you." - Alma 34:38, the Book of Mormon

6. "Those who find gratitude in the little things find humility in the big things." - Lidia Longorio, Hey Humanity

7. "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus, Greek philosopher

8. "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it." - Author Unknown

9. "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever." - 1 Chronicles 16:34

10. "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

There you are, ten inspiring quotes about gratitude. Which are your favorites? Do you have a quote about gratitude that you adore? I'd love to hear it. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. 

Happy TTT!


  1. Yeah, I have the same feelings about Thanksgiving.

    I’m grateful for you, Susan! You have such a fun blog and always leave the nicest comments.

    My post:

    1. Aww, thanks so much! I love your comments, too. They're always positive and thoughtful :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  2. What a lovely way to share gratitude. I loved reading through the quotes. I am thankful for you and your blog. It's fun to connect through TTT and posts throughout the year.

    1. Right back at ya! Even though we don't read the same kind of books most of the time, I love visiting your fun blog. It's been a joy to get to know you a little bit through our posts.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  3. Love these quotes on gratitude! Here's one of my favorites: "It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful." -David Steindl-Rast. Have a Happy Thanksgiving this week, Susan! :D

    1. I had never heard of Steindl-Rast until I went searching for quotes on gratitude. Sounds like he has lots to say on the subject. I definitely agree that being grateful makes me a happier, more joyful person.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  4. Thank you for sharing! These are all wonderful. And I appreciate so much too everything you said about Thanksgiving- so true!!!

    1. It's such a lovely holiday, really. I love that it's about gathering and being grateful together. Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I do love Thanksgiving!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

  5. What a nice twist to put on this week's theme! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Gratitude is always a great twist :) LOL. It was kind of a selfish twist, honestly, because I'm the one who needed the reminder to be more thankful for what I have.

      Thanks for popping in, Louise!

  6. Love these beautiful quotes! Thank you for sharing them.

    1. I found so many lovely quotes on gratitude. I wish I could have shared them all!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

  7. I love this post! I've always looked at Thanksgiving as a way to express gratitude and to spend time with family, so that's how we celebrate it despite the problematic nature of the holiday's origins. This post was a beautiful way to refocus intent, so thank you for that.

    1. That's what I like to focus on. It's a great day for gathering, expressing gratitude, and enjoying a delicious meal together. It reminds me to be thankful for the little things that make life joyful and beautiful.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  8. Terrific list - inspiring, every one. I agree that it's nice to have this one day a year to focus on gratitude, but wouldn't it be great if family and friends made it a quarterly or MONTHLY occurrence? I see you're a cross stitcher. Me too! I haven't really done anything the last few years because I prefer the tiny aida cloth and with my bifocals, it's just too hard to see the stitches anymore. Darn it.
    Thanks for the visit and have a terrific Thanksgiving.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. I honestly think the more we focus on being grateful for what we've got, the happier we will all be! Gathering more often with that focus is a wonderful idea!

      Yes, I do love to cross-stitch, although I haven't done much of it lately. I hear you on the eye strain. I recently tried cross-stitching on linen for the first time. Even with the largest count fabric I could find AND a good bright lamp to help, it about killed my eyes. I need to get back to my cross-stitching as I do really enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Terrie!

  9. Those are all such inspiring quotes!! Love your twist on this week's topic

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes! I found so many lovely ones. Too bad I couldn't share all of them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  10. These are such great, and inspirational quotes, Susan. I just read a book about gratitude and Brother David Steindl-Rast is quoted often in it.

    1. Like I told Lark above, I had never heard of Steindl-Rast until I started Googling quotes on gratitude. I love the ones I found by him. I'll have to find his books and see what else he has to say.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  11. Wonderful list!!!! So many great inspiring quotes, my current favorite is “The nature of this flower is to bloom.”
    - Alice Walker

    1. I love that! It reminds me that all of us have such beautiful potential within us. We were meant to shine.

      Thanks for popping by, Rebecca!

  12. Fabulous post! I love quotes! ~Carol@Reading Ladies

    1. I do, too! There are some gorgeous ones out there. I find wise words very inspiring :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carol!

  13. A lovely list and sentiment. It is hard sometimes to find the good in things when everyone is constantly trying to achieve more. I don't know much about Thanksgiving, but I am certainly learning a lot this week!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    1. SO true! It seems like everyone's all about getting more, more, more when we should really be focusing on what we've already got. Thanksgiving is a great reminder of that :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Emily!

  14. I loved these quotes! Thank you for sharing. 3 and 7 were my favorite.

    1. #3 hit me pretty hard as well! It's so very true.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami!

  15. Some great quotes there, Susan. I totally agree with JFK, we always say that about children but it also goes with adults, don't just say it, do it, live it.

    1. Absolutely! Words are easy, follow-up actions can be tough.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. As always, it was a pleasure.

  16. I love this post!! Very lovely sentiment and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I am excited for all the food and family time. :)

    1. I did have a lovely Thanksgiving! My sister and brother-in-law decided to come to my house at the last minute and it was fun to celebrate with them. And, of course, we made some delicious food :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  17. Well said - your thoughts as well as the quotes. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Enjoy the day! :-)

    1. Christmas is my favorite holiday, but Thanksgiving is a close second. I just love the focus on gratitude. And pie. LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Meezan!

  18. Lovely quotes! Have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. I need to read quotes on gratitude more frequently. They're such a great reminder to be thankful for all the blessings we have in life. I have many and I need to remember that, especially when I'm feeling down.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, AJ!

  19. I've never read the JFK quote before--wonderful. Thank you for your blog--I enjoy visiting here.

    1. I had never heard it either until I started Googling quotes on gratitude, but it's lovely, isn't it?

      I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. That means a lot to me :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

  20. Love reading inspiring quotes always, anytime.. And yes, I am grateful for all the bloggers I have gotten to know over the years of blogging, who unfailingly read and comment on my rambling writes :-) I think my favorite ones are #s 1, 3, and 8 (Well, I do love them all).
    Here is my TTT

    1. Same! Inspiring quotes are always in season. They really do motivate me to do better and be better. And I'm also grateful for this wonderful book blogging community. It's such a great place to hang out :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lady in Read!

  21. Hi Susan!

    Aaah these are all just beautiful. My favorite one is the one about being happy grateful for what you have. Such truth and peace in that.

    May you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I agree. Counting my many blessings really does make me a happier, more grateful person. I need to remember that!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Mareli!

  22. #8 is such good imagery! That one's going to stick with me.

    1. Right? It makes a great visual and an excellent reminder to boot :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

  23. A great list! I hope that your weekend was full of food, family, and fun! Thank you for stopping by my blog last week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was very calm and peaceful. I hope yours was enjoyable as well.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

  24. Love this, Susan!! So many great quotes.

    1. I found tons of really good ones. Too bad there wasn't room to share them all!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  25. Happy (belated) TTT! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. I did! It was nice and calm and peaceful, just the way I like holidays to be :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  26. Always a great thing to remember all the things we have to be grateful for. :) Thanks so much for visiting my website on this week.

    1. Definitely! It's a great practice that I should do more of on the daily. Appreciating what I already have helps me in so many ways :)

      Thanks for popping by, Rissi!


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