Our lives today are fast paced, and we all experience a degree of stress at some point.   Each of us must learn how to cope with the stressors of everyday life, and have a means to reduce our stress levels.

It is essential to practice giving gratitude on a daily basis.  People who are grateful tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.  Being grateful can help people cope with stress.

Starting today, instead of complaining, give words of gratitude to those you love. Each morning look for people or things throughout the day for which you are grateful, and take the time to appreciate them.

Research has shown that grateful people take better care of themselves. Stress is linked to heart disease, and gratitude is linked to reducing stress.

Therefore, isn’t it worthwhile from a health standpoint to stop complaining and start enjoying the benefits of gratitude?

One way to ensure that you remember to express gratitude is to reflect upon quotes of gratitude by people of all walks of life as a reminder of its importance.
These (12) quotes of gratitude will help you remember the benefits and importance of expressing gratitude:

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

"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

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

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

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” — Chinese Proverb

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~ William Arthur Ward

“Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally “count our blessings,” give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.” — Shakti Gawain

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

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum

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

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  ~G.K. Chesterton

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

Remember to say "thank you" to the special people in your life.  Reflect upon these quotes of gratitude, get rid of negativity, and let your acts of gratitude change your attitude (sm).

©2011 Winifred D. Bragg, MD. All Rights Reserved.

Author's Bio: 

Winifred D. Bragg, MD is a business owner, keynote speaker and author.

She has taught thousands why staying strong and maintaining a strong mental toughness are essential to overcoming adversities. She has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS news television segments.

As a physician, Dr.Bragg has treated thousands of patients with physical pain. She now teaches leaders from various industries how to overcome the growing pains in their personal and professional life.

She delivers powerful messages through teaching the Bragg(sm)Factor. Through this system, Dr.Bragg shares methods on how to achieve your maximum potential.

Please visit www.DrBraggSpeaks.com