By putting our attention on the things we are grateful for, we can shift how much time we spend in sadness and how quickly we return to joy.

Gratitude helps us catalog, celebrate and rejoice in each day and each moment before they slip through the vanishing hourglass of experience.

Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment. – Brother Steindl-Rast

Gratitude means moving from counting your burdens to counting your blessings.

It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

Gratitude moves us away from the narrow-minded focus on fault and lack, and to the wider perspective of benefit and abundance.

Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.’

We converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.