All Those Things Your Dislike? Learn How To Be Thankful For Them

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Thanksgiving is on its way. What are you going to say when it’s your turn to say what you’re thankful for? Your family, friends, job, home? It’s easy to be thankful for these things, because they bring you happiness, health and comfort.

But what about being thankful for the things that don’t bring you joy?

Have you ever stopped to show your thanks for your annoying roommate, the fact that you had to work an extra-long shift at work or the cold that kept you in bed last week? Why would anyone even be thankful for such inconveniences?

It’s not so easy to be thankful for things that seem bothersome, but as you show your thanks for the things you don’t like, you’ll adopt a more positive view of the world. Find out why this is so important below and then read some quotes about thankfulness to help you become a happier person.

Why Being Thankful Is Important

It might seem silly. Why would you be thankful for things you don’t like, or even hate? They don’t bring you anything positive, right? Wrong.

The things that bother or annoy us in our lives aren’t only there to be a burden. These things can have a positive influence on our lives, if we let them. Having the right outlook on the things you hate can transform how you see them. You’ll start seeing the good in them and how they might make you a better person.

For example, if you dislike one of your co-workers, everything they do can seem obnoxious and infuriating. You may not agree on anything. However, instead of allowing your negative feelings about them to take over, try being thankful. Be thankful you have somebody at work to challenge you and open your eyes to other viewpoints. Be thankful for the times that your co-worker has helped you with a project or made the coffee in the morning.

By finding the small things to be thankful for and shifting your focus to how they are helping you instead of hurting you, you’ll have a better view on that co-worker and on your workplace in general.

This technique can work for anything you are unhappy about. Caught the flu? Be thankful you have a doctor and access to medicine to heal you. Woke up late? Be thankful you have a job to get to in the first place. Got in a fight with a loved one? Be thankful they’ll still love you, no matter what.

By transforming your thinking in this way, your view of the world will become more positive and you will feel more joy and thankfulness every single day.

Quotes To About Thankfulness And Looking On The Bright Side

Here are a few quotes about thankfulness to inspire you to be more thankful about everything in your life, good and bad.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.” – Sam Lefkowitz

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity … it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

“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

“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” – Naomi Williams

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” – Neal A. Maxwell

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” – Frank W. Clarke

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

This Thanksgiving, use these quotes about thankfulness to help you notice the good that is all around you, even in the things you don’t like. Learning to be thankful for the things you don’t like can change your life in big ways. It’s worth trying.



  1. I too write a daily list of what I’m grateful for.
    Recently I started practicing an hour of solitude each day. It’s amazing!
    I dedicate a portion of time to gratitude for everything that I have. Good and bad.
    I believe there’s no such thing as bad.
    Sure, some things are truly bad. Things that are evil.
    But every bad seeming situation holds within it something that you
    can learn. Thus making it an opportunity to take something good from it.
    Each struggle, though may seem to be bad, is actually very good.
    It makes you grow. It makes you blossom.

  2. Not pleasant at all, but sometimes the impetus for great change – and very positive change at that. I can say in a heartbeat that five of your six are reasons why I am where I am today. I left a job situation that was toxic and much of it was for those reasons listed here. But I and my whole family are better for it. It was a long and painful process, but on this side of it, we are all so much happier. Kind of like childbirth, I guess – not fun at all, to make a huge understatement, and very painful but when you hold that child it all seems sort of insignificant.

  3. It is often the hardships that we encounter that promote the quickest or the longest lasting change in our lives. What I have found is that some of these things we all hate quickly provide us with a rewarding lesson, while with others the silver lining is a bit more elusive. For me, the speed of determining a positive result from a perceived negative is very dependent on my mindset. Am I willing to use the time away from a loved activity to build other skills or will I spend it wallowing? While the former is the obvious choice, sometimes the mind can’t see it at the time.

  4. The perspective of “the only people who don’t experience difficulty are those standing still” reminds of one of my favorite Tony Robbins CD sets – Get The Edge where on the first CD he talks about problems and he says “the only people who don’t have problems are the people who six-feet deep in the grave yard.”

    I remember loving how he talks about putting problems in perspective and how some people feel like their life is ruined if Jack In The Box put pickles on their cheeseburger when they specifically asked them not to.

    Kind of reminds me of those fun “First World Problem” memes you see where they make a point of our problems being a dream for people living in third world countries where the struggle is real.