Writer Maya Angelou said “Whenever I want to laugh, I read … 'Children's Letters to God.' … One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.'” The quote is featured in Angelou's book “Letter to My Daughter.”
Humorous gratitude quotes are often born out of moments of gratefulness in less-than-ideal situations. During one of his many professional confrontations with adversity, British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said, “I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” Many quotes on gratitude refer to the importance of maintaining it as a true way of life. In his novel "The Mill on the Floss," George Eliot wrote: "A man is occasionally grateful when he says 'thank you.'"
The regular practice of gratefulness causes higher levels of physical and emotional well being, according to the University of Massachusetts. Daily gratitude improves heart health, sleep quality and adaptation to stress. Expressions of gratitude are also proven to heighten levels of self-worth in those on the receiving end, says the Harvard Gazette. Receiving gratitude also triggers a desire to continue to be helpful. When expressed in professional settings, gratitude increases quality of performance and self-investment in the work, notes The Washington Post.