There are lots and lots of things out there promising to increase your happiness in one way of other. More often than not it involves spending your money. However, one of the most effective, ‘free’ and proven ways to boost your happiness – it’s just to take stock and practice a little gratitude. And this can be done right now. Most of us have something to be grateful for – we just perhaps take things a little too much for granted, and focus on what’s wrong or what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Take a few seconds out your day to read the 15 quotes below, reflect on them a little, and it will brighten your life 🙂


In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

David Steindl-Rast

Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed.

Steve Maraboli

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig

The happiest people take time to appreciate things that others take for granted


Someone else is dreaming about the things you take for granted


Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.

Hyman Schachtel

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Every time we seek something we cannot afford, we grow poorer, whatever our resources. And every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually own.

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.

David Steindl-Rast

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.

David Steindl-Rast

Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.


You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

Camille Pissarro

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

What a wonderful life I’ve had, I only wish I’d realised it sooner.

Collette (Age 82)

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