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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  The faculty, staff and administration of CSPP would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to CSPP students, alumni and friends of the university; we wish you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday!

Here are some thanks-giving resources and inspiring quotes on gratitude.

3 Tips for a Better Thanksgiving” written by Dr. Thomas Plante for Psychology Today. Click here to view the article.

Dr. Plante is a Professor at Santa Clara University and we were fortunate to have him present in our Huston Smith Center for Psychological and Spiritual Development’sSpirituality Forum Lecture Series two years ago at our San Francisco campus.

Inspiring stories about random acts of kindness:

Gratitude quotes for Thanks-giving

Many of these quotes are from the book Treasury of Spiritual Wisdom: A Collection of 10,000 Inspirational Quotations, complied by Andy Zubko.

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘Thank you,’ that will suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the person who planted them.” – Chinese Proverb

“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

“Gratitude is one of the great positive emotions because it creates magnetism…A magnet is that which draws things to itself; therefore, by giving heartfelt thanks for all the good we now have, through the magnetism that gratitude creates, we will start attracting more good into our daily life.” – Elaine Hubbard

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” — Ciscero

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

“Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.” – Anonymous

“The more you express outwardly your gratitude and thankfulness for what you have, the more you change your molecular vibration away from the dense energy into finer levels.” – Sanaya Roman

“Seeing a glass half empty is resentment; seeing it half full is gratitude.” – Anonymous

“The people who are successful are those who are grateful for everything they have…Giving thanks for what we have always opens the door for more to come, and ungratefulness always closes the door.” – Alan Cohen

“If you can’t have what you want, be grateful for what you have. Keep thinking constantly of all the big things you have to be thankful for instead of complaining about all the little things that annoy you.” – Dale Carnegie

“There is an inherent law of mind that we increase whatever we praise. The whole of creation responds to praise and is glad. Animal trainers pet and reward their charges with delicacies for acts of obdedience; children grow with joy and gladness when they are praised. Even vegetation grows better for those who love it.” – Charles Fillmore

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin and an antiseptic.” – John H. Jowett

“An attitude of gratitude ensures that our attention is on what we want. As we see ourselves living abundantly and richly, and recognize what we already have, we set up a flow of good things coming our way.”  – Andrew Matthews

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant” – Hosea Ballou

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” –Aesop

“Ingratitude is the soul’s enemy…Like a hot, parching wind, it dries up the wellspring of holiness, the dew of mercy, and the streams of grace.” – St. Bernard

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” — Albert Schweitzer

“None is more impoverished that the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred Van Amburgh

“I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.” – Helen Keller

“ When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience.” – Margaret Stortz

“Blessings are sometimes not valued till they are gone.” – Thomas Fuller

“He enjoys much who is thankful for a little; a grateful mind is both a great and happy mind.” – Thomas Secker

“You thank God for the good things that come to you, but you don’t thank him for the things that seem to be bad; that is where you go wrong.” – Ramana Maharshi

“When you drink from the stream, remember the source.”  — Chinese proverb

“The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.” – Robert L. Stevenson

“Praise expands everything. People, plants, children, animals, even inanimate things, respond to praise. I cannot tell you how, but try it for yourself. If you want more of anything, praise and give thanks and you shall have it.” – Sue Sikking

“To create something new, or to keep receiving more of something you have already gotten, get some paper and pens and write a thank you to the Universe.” – Sanaya Roman

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”  – Seneca

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer.” – Herman Melville

“Gratitude is what opens the spiritual doors to all the blessings. Everything becomes clear, you see, you feel, you live.” – Omraam M. Aivanhov

“A grateful thought toward Heaven is itself a prayer.” – Rudolph Block

“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.”  – Marcus Aurelius

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