Thanksgiving Quotes for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

As we near the end of another year, we have the opportunity to reflect on all we have to be thankful for– Owning a business, leading an incredible team, learning something new, or simply surviving another year in tough economic conditions. 

While it’s not easy to look back on every event with a grateful heart, expressing gratitude for all the good that has happened can help you cope with the bad and remain resilient when times get tough. 

According to Harvard Medical School, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

When I can’t find the words to express my thoughts, I find that Thanksgiving quotes help me articulate my feelings and embrace all of my blessings, even when they seem few and far between. 

I hope these Thanksgiving quotes inspire you to have an attitude of gratitude as we gather with family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate the day. 

20 Thanksgiving Quotes to Encourage Gratitude and Optimism

  1. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
  2. “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” – Bethany Hamilton
  3. “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
  4. “Love yourself a little extra right now. You’re evolving, learning, healing, growing, and discovering yourself all at once. It’s about to get magical for you.” – Idil Ahmed
  5. “Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.” – Dan Gutman
  6. “Gratitude is a posture of your heart. I believe it has been a gatekeeper in my life and brought on so many blessings.” – Amanda Kloots
  7. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” – Cicero
  8. “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. 
  9. “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
  10. “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” – Vietnamese Proverb
  11. “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou
  12. “Enough is a feast.” – Buddhist Proverb 
  13. “Life is strange, beautiful, and terrifying…and I am thankful for every minute of it that I have had. I am thankful for every minute yet to come.” – Benjamin W. Bass
  14. “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum
  15. “Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.” – Mindy Kaling
  16. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” – Charlotte Brontë
  18. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” – Robert Braathe
  19. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire
  20. “When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right.” – Annie Gottlier

What Are You Thankful For?

As always, I am so grateful that I have the privilege of working with business leaders and owners, helping them navigate the challenges and triumphs that naturally come along with the position. The opportunity to share my experiences as a coach and mentor is one that I hold close to my heart, as I want nothing more than to see other leaders shine. 

What are you thankful for this year?

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