Appreciation is understanding, recognizing and feeling gratitude for someone or something.
It’s easy to forget the things we’re grateful for in life. We get busy, or we get caught up in our own problems and stresses. But taking a step back to appreciate the good things in our lives can make a big difference in our overall happiness.
Think about the last time you did something nice for someone else, or the last time someone did something nice for you. Chances are, it made you feel pretty good. That’s because appreciation is one of the most powerful emotions we can feel.
When we appreciate somebody or something, we not only make them feel good, but we also make ourselves feel good. Appreciation creates a sense of connection and goodwill that can improve our relationships, our health, and our overall wellbeing.
The following quotes about appreciation help to remind us of taking the time to stop and recognize what we are appreciative for in our lives, right now.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Voltaire
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” Johannes Gaertner
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” Emerson
“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” Northrup Christiane
“A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.” Steve Maraboli
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Mark Twain
“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
“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” Steve Maraboli
“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
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” Steve Maraboli
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!” Steve Maraboli
“Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” H. Jackson Brown Jr
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” Jo Walton
“Respect… is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” Annie Gottlieb
“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” Elbert Hubbard
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:
Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.
Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?
So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.” Vera Nazarian
“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom and find the blessing in every curse.” Anthon St. Maarten
“Saying thank you is more than good manners; it is good spirituality.” Alfred Painter
“Appreciating what you have is the best cure for missing what you have lost.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Appreciation Quotes – To Say ‘Thank You’
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” Ralph Marston
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Wallace D. Wattles
Quotes On Appreciating Others
“If you can’t reward then you should thank.” Arabic Proverb
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
Being appreciative can make a big difference in our lives. When we take the time to appreciate the good things, we feel happier and more connected to others.
We may also find that we’re more likely to receive kindness and help from others when we express appreciation and gratitude too.
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