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Cultivating thankfulness

November is Thanksgiving in the United States, mostly known for a particular kind of food – turkey, stuffing, pumpkins, family and friends – but many people use it as a time to also reflect on what they are thankful for in their lives. In honor of this aspect of the tradition, I’ve selected some quotes from a variety of individuals that struck me as aligned with each enneatype, either something for individuals of that type to think about or something that people of that type might find confirming.

ONES | “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson

TWOS | “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

THREES | “Rest and be thankful.” ~ William Wordsworth

FOURS | “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

FIVES | “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

SIXES | “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” ~ John Wooden

SEVENS |“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful.” ~ Joel Osteen

EIGHTS | “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop

NINES | “When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” ~ Dalai Lama

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