150 Contentment Quotes About Gratitude and Thanks

Do you want to feel good about your life?

Read these quotes about contentment to remind you of the blessings you already have.

Give them your focus, share your blessings, and they will grow.

If you had to give something valuable to one of your friends would you choose the irresponsible one or the friend that would respect its value?

In life, you are given what we are ready to receive. If you are not grateful for your blessings, no matter how small, they will be taken from you.

Your tests and challenges help you learn that happiness comes from within. Then when you are ready, you will be given more.

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Quotes About Contentment

“Happiness is an Inside Job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.”

~Mandy Hale

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

∼ Epictetus


“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.”

∼ Melody Beattie


“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ∼ Thornton Wilder


“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”

∼ Roy T. Bennett


“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” ∼ Doris Day


“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ∼ Anonymous


“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ∼ Willie Nelson


“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


“‘Enough’ is a feast.” ∼ Buddhist proverb


“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ∼ Robert Quillen


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

∼Robert Brault

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“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

∼Charles Dickens


“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ∼Eckhart Tolle


“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” ∼Frank A. Clark


“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” ∼Neal A. Maxwell


“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.”

∼Rasheed Ogunlaru

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“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” ∼Maya Angelou

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“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” ∼Pearl S. Buck


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

∼Lao Tzu


“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”

∼Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist


“Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees”

∼Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”.

∼Viktor E. Frankl


“It is the spiritual freedom – which cannot be taken away – that makes life meaningful and purposeful.” ∼Viktor E. Frankl


“What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.” ∼Viktor E. Frankl


“Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even things of which I am most proud, though these are the things which cannot inspire envy.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl


“Even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl


“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”



“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

∼Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People


“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

∼Henry Fielding


“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”

∼Lao Tzu


“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”



“We need much less than we think we need.”
∼Maya Angelou


“In the desert I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization; a life unhampered by possessions, since everything that was not a necessity was an encumbrance. I had found too, a comradeship inherent in the circumstances, and the belief that tranquility was to be found there.”

∼ Wilfred Thesiger


“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

∼Immanuel Kant


“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”

∼Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


“There are two ways of being happy: we must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.”

∼Benjamin Franklin


“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re real quite lucky.”

∼Dr. Seuss


“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”

∼C.S. Lewis


“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.”

∼Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward


“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

∼John Stuart Mill


“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

∼Socrates, Essential Thinkers


“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

∼Charles Spurgeon


“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”



“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.”

∼Ann Brashares, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood


“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”

∼Lao Tzu


“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.”



“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”

∼Germany Kent


“If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.”

∼Criss Jami, Healology


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Gratitude Quotes

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” ∼ Henry Ward Beecher


“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” ∼ Amy Collette


“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ∼ Melody Beattie


“Happiness cannot be traveled to owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

∼ Denis Waitley


“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ∼ Karl Barth


“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ∼ Lionel Hampton


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” ∼ Marcus Tullius Cicero


“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ∼ Cynthia Ozick


“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”

∼ Rhonda Byrne


“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”

∼ Eileen Caddy


“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seekers life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.”

∼Sri Chinmoy


“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”

∼ Mary Davis


“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

∼ Ralph H. Blum


“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”

∼Jacques Maritain


“The root of joy is gratefulness.” ∼David Steindl-Rast


“I’ve had a remarkable life. I seem to be in such good places at the right time. You know, if you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word, gratitude.”

∼ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.”

∼ Anonymous


“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”

∼ Rabbi Harold Kushner


“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


“I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”

∼ Amy Poehler


“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.”

∼ Eckhart Tolle


“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ∼ Aesop


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

∼ William Arthur Ward


“Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice.”

∼ Derrick Carpenter


“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” ∼ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” ∼ Albert Schweitzer


“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.”

∼ Sonja Lyubomirsky


“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ∼ Anthony Robbins


“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.”

∼Naomi Williams


“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”

∼ Brene Brown


“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”

∼Mike Ericksen


“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”

∼Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” ∼Robert Braathe


“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

∼ G.K. Chesterton


“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”

∼Stephen Richards


“They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.”

∼Tom Perrotta


“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.”

∼Michael Josephson


“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.”

∼ Raheel Farooq


“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

∼Albert Schweitzer


“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” ∼Gertrude Stein


“Gratitude is a lively sense of benefits to come.” ∼François de La Rochefoucauld

Quotes of Thanks

“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


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

∼ Gilbert C. Chesterton


“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

∼ Brian Tracy


“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.”

∼ Larissa Gomez


“As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.”

∼ James E. Faust


“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

∼ Buddha


“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” ∼Gerald Good


“Forget yesterday–it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow–you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift–today.”

∼Steve Maraboli


Thank You Quotes For Friends

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

∼Alfred North Whitehead


“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”

∼John E. Southard


“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough”

∼Walt Whitman


“For your thoughtfulness and generosity, from you I have learned much of life’s philosophy – Thank you sincerely.”



“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.”



“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

∼C.S. Lewis


“A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”

∼Grace Pulpit


“Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.”

∼Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. Fake friends are like leaves, found everywhere.”



“Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.”

∼Sicilian Proverb


“Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.”

∼Mary Schmich


“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.”



“Your Friendship is a special gift, generously given, happily accepted, and deeply appreciated!”


“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.”

∼Doe Zantamata


Contentment Bible Verses

Philippians 4:12-13

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Mathew 5:3-12:

The Beatitudes

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Mathew 5:25,26

25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?


Philippians 4:12-13

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


1 Timothy 6:6-7

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.


2 Corinthians 12:10

10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


1 Timothy 6:10-11

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.


Proverbs 16:8

8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.


Proverbs 28:19-20

19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. 20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.


Ecclesiastes 3:13

13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

The Joy of Giving Quotes

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

∼Mother Theresa

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

∼ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.”

∼ Edwin Arlington Robinson


“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”

∼ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”

∼Charles Schwab


“One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.”

∼Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.”

∼Tom Hopkins


“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”

∼Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

∼Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”

∼Carol Ryrie Brink, Caddie Woodlawn’s Family


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

∼Charles Dickens


“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.”

∼Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

∼Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


“For it is in giving that we receive.”

∼St. Francis of Assisi


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

∼Winston Churchhill


“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

∼Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.”

∼Mother Teresa


“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

∼Ben Carson


“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”

∼Brian Tracy

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”

The Shadow of the Wind


“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

∼Amy Carmichael


“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”

∼Criss Jami, Killosophy


“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.”

∼Mother Teresa


“Giving generously in romantic relationships, and in all other bonds, means recognizing when the other person needs our attention. Attention is an important resource.”

∼Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions


“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

∼Mary Anne Radmacher

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“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

∼Shannon L. Alder


“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.”

∼David Thomas


Contentment and Gratitude Grows Blessings

Be grateful for the good things, even the small ones, or they will disappear. If we don’t show gratitude for being alive, our health will suffer. Whatever we take for granted will be taken from us, whether it be health, money, or relationships.

When you focus on what you are grateful you attract more blessings, because you move in the direction you are facing.

Focus in the direction of your goals and personal development, but celebrate the small victories along the way.

The world we see is based on what we focus on all the time. Our brain focuses on what we give importance and filters out the rest. Create a habit of gratitude and you will experience a better world.

You can change what genes are expressed by improving your environment. But if you change your perception of your environment to that of gratitude, you can thrive.

We should be grateful that we are blessed with an intelligent human body. We don’t even know the limits to our potential. Our body breathes, circulates blood, heals, and cleanses itself automatically. These are only a few examples of the vital things that we don’t even have to think about doing.

Lastly, when we are ungrateful we limit ourselves to our perceived shortcomings and past failures.


Books About Gratitude

Emily Silva’s book Moonlight Gratitude has 365 short nighttime meditations. These passages help you to end the day by focusing on what you are grateful for and letting go of the day’s worries.

This book helps me end each day on a positive note and fall asleep easily.


What are your favorite quotes about contentment or gratitude?


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