Generosity in quotes: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist, lecturer, and poet

Generosity in quotes: G. Trish Day

“Gratitude is a reproductive habit. The more grateful we are, the more aware we are of how very much we have for which to be grateful – then we are more grateful still. Gratitude changes our posture. We become more confident and more benevolent. Our entire bodies become poised to welcome great things and more […]

When saying thanks, downplay the part about you

When I wrote here about a friend’s rant over a thank you gone wrong, I didn’t anticipate a part two on the theme – at least not this soon.  But I’m back a few weeks later with a sorry story of my own about a thank you that missed the mark. (Let’s hope there won’t […]

Generosity in quotes: Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Thank you’ is a wonderful phrase. Use it. It will add stature to your soul.”   Marjorie Pay Hinckley, author of Small and Simple Things and other books

Generosity in quotes: Alexandra Kuykendall

“It’s [the] small moments where the choice lies. Right in between the beautiful and the boring. These small moments determine how we want to view, even live, our days. With disappointment and criticism or with gratitude for the goodness that we can’t run from. God’s goodness that follows us to every corner of our mundane […]

Generosity in quotes: A. A. Milne

Generosity in quotes: Brother David Steindl-Rast

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk who writes on the gentle art of gratitude

Generosity in quotes: Melody Beattie

“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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and […]

And all God’s people (should) say thank you

“I think that Christians generally are poor at expressing gratitude or celebrating.” So wrote a reader in response to a recent Generous Matters post about the healthful benefits (among many) of an attitude of gratitude. I wish I could argue with her sorry claim, but sadly, I have met my share of ingrates among the […]

A thank you a day keeps the doctor away

As the calendar flips from November to December, there’s more in the air than a feeling of Christmas. I’m talking germs. ‘Tis the season for runny noses, coughing, and that stuffed up feeling. At times such as this, a flu shot is a good idea. However, as an article posted to the FastCompany blog tells […]