The Role of Gratitude,
Thankfulness, Forgiveness, Kindness, and Generosity
in Creating a Good Life
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(sample quotations from the book)
It doesn't matter what size you are. It matters how big your heart is and how
smart you are. Freddy Adu, soccer player
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out my nose. Woody
Allen, actor, producer, and director
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't
be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou, poet
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 creates a vision
for tomorrow. Melody Beattie, author
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and
understand. Christian Nevell Bovee, attorney and author
My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do. I'll find
somebody who's kinda tall and handsome. Carolyn, age 8
Everyone is connected to everyone. And each of us has two kinds of families,
both the one that you were born with and the one you create out of the people
you care for and love. Life is about that sense of connection. No one really
belongs to any one. No one is really yours or mine. We're just given a chance,
the privilege, to look out for each other. Anthony Dellaventura, character in
Dellaventura TV show
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A
word of optimism and hope. A you can do it when things are tough. Richard M.
DeVos, co-founder of Amway
The greatest wisdom of all is kindness. Dutch proverb
Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it
is deep. Felix Frankfurter, U.S. supreme court justice
There are three words I like to repeat to myself: glass half full.
Just to remind myself to be grateful for everything I have. Goldie Hawn,
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the
good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For
beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For
poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone. Audrey Hepburn,
True strength lies in gentleness. Irish proverb
Three things in human life are important. Number 1: Be kind. Number 2: Be
kind. Number 3: Be kind. Henry James, novelist
Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus
operandi and change your world. Annie Lennox, singer
Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were
the prisoner. Max Lucado, minister
If, therefore, you love those who love you, where is your loving kindness?
For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good only to those who
do good to you, where is your goodness? For sinners also do the same. And if you
lend only to him from whom you expect to be paid back, where is your favor? For
sinners also lend to sinners, to be paid back likewise. But love your enemies,
and do good to them, and lend and do not cut off anyones hope; thus your reward
will increase and you will become sons of the Most High. Luke 6:32-36