By the time we reach our 60s, we have a lot to be grateful for. After six decades of working, raising families and exploring our passions, there is a sense that we finally know what is important. This year as our friends in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving Day, let’s all take a few minutes to think about what we are grateful for. Let’s celebrate our children and grandchildren. Let’s appreciate our good health. Most of all, let’s be grateful for having made it this far and for all of the amazing opportunities that are still before us!

To celebrate Thanksgiving 2014, I asked the Sixty and Me community to tell me their favorite quotes on gratitude. Their choices were diverse, but, they share a common message: Gratitude is not just a way of thinking – it is a way of living!

I hope that these gratitude quotes give you something to think about this Thanksgiving Day. More importantly, I hope that they help you to live with gratitude and appreciation the other 364 days of the year!

Here Are Our Favorite Gratitude Quotes

"Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other." - Randy Pausch

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch

"If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough." - Meister Eckhart

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart

"Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation." - John Ortberg

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” – John Ortberg

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses." - Alphonse Karr

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

"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

“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

"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

“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

Which of these quotes about gratitude do you like the most? Are there any others that we missed? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to like and share this article if you enjoyed it.

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