APPRECIATION

is to value something highly and show gratitude.

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“Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.”

Unknown

“He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.”

Socrates (469-399);
philosopher

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

The 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935);

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

Marian Wright Edelman (born 1939);
Activist, president and founder of Children's Defense Fund

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. ”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887);
clergyman, social reformer

“May you always be blessed with walls for the wind. A roof for the rain. A warm cup of tea by the fire. Laughter to cheer you. Those you love near you. And all that your heart might desire.”

Irish Proverb

“Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want. ”

Jim Rohn (1930-2009);
entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

“The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.”

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970);
psychologist

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994);
author, educator, motivational speaker

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964);
British poet

“To me, sadness is great! Without it we could not appriciate true happiness.”

Kaitlyn Cox (born 1994);

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”

Thomas Paine (1737-1809);
scholar, intellectual, writer

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ”

Michelangelo (1475-1564);
sculptor, painter, architect

“It's a poor frog who doesn't praise its own pond.”

Unknown

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault (born 1938);
American Writer

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

Margaret Cousins

“Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life. ”

Harry Hepner

“You bring out the best in yourself by looking for the best in others.”

Gene Bedley National Educator of the Year

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ”

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672);
writer, poet, first woman to be published in Colonial America

“God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.”

James M. Barrie (1860-1937);
novelist, dramatist

“The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.”

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936);
writer, poet, essayist, novelist

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962);
U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918);
poet, playwright, art critic

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935);
The 14th Dalai Lama (b. 1935)

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”

Nancy Coey Motivational speaker

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”

Richard David Bach (born 1936);
writer

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915);
philosopher, author, publisher

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991);
Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672);
writer, poet, first woman to be published in Colonial America

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“Remember the things in life that are free to each of us—our family, our friends, our soul, our hopes, our dreams, and our knowledge—are the most important.”

Jaren L. Davis

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991);
Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

“Age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882);
poet

“May you always be blessed with walls for the wind. A roof for the rain. A warm cup of tea by the fire. Laughter to cheer you. Those you love near you. And all that your heart might desire. ”

Irish Proverb

“He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows- he breathes but does not live.”

Sanskrit proverb

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

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975);
novelist, playwright

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

Mary Jean Irion writer, poet

“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 (born 1954);
American television host, publisher

“What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955);
theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919);
26th U.S. President

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Everyday Hero: christina

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Everyday Hero: My mom

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Everyday Hero: Henri

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Everyday Hero: Sam

Sam R. is a wonderful person. I have only known her for 5 years and she has matured in many ways. Sam grew up on a farm, and for the first 6 years of her life, she was home schooled. Now, at a prestigious private school, Sam still loves the freedom she experiences when she is at home. Being an…

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Everyday Hero: Matthew

The person who I look up to is my brother Matthew. I look up to him because he is smart, loyal, trustworthy, athletic, funny, energetic, brave, and honest, plus he has a great attitude. My brother is 29 years old. My brother is smart because when he was in school he always got A,B honor roll. When he had to…

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Everyday Hero: The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten

My name is Michael M. I'm 43 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2008; which was caused by exposure to toxic water while serving in the Marines at Camp Lejeune NC. Since '08 my family and I have had so much advice, assistance, support and total compassion from a group that calls themselves "The Few,…

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Everyday Hero: Samuel Jr.

Samuel Jr. was my father. I was adopted as a baby. He was a devout Christian. I never really realized just how much he loved me and what a remarkable man he was until he died. To all those out there that still have their fathers, respect them, love them and never take them for granted. Don't end up like…

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Everyday Hero: Italo Luigi

Luigi is my brother. He is a great brother. Every time I do something good and tell him, he always says something like, "WOW, Great job", "That's AWESOME", "You're better than me when I was your age". He always puts a smile on my face. When I have a hard time and I cry, he hugs me and tells me…

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Everyday Hero: My pastor

My pastor is my hero because he helps us learn about Jesus. He is sometimes funny. My pastor is a hero to me because he lets us play in the playroom. He is a hero because he is nice. He cares about us. That's why my pastor is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: My Mommy

My mommy is a hero to me because she gets me up to go to school. And on Sundays she gets me up for church. Sometimes she tickles me a lot and I laugh. Sometimes she is nice to me and lets me eat ice cream before dinner. It is awesome. She is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: christina

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dear mom, I'm very thankful to have you in my life. your nice, funny, and caring. your always there for me when i need help. i know we may argue, but we still care about each other. thanks for being a great mom. i love you :)

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Everyday Hero: Nalliah

My father(1926-89) is my hero. He taught me to love fellow humans; not to harm others; to enjoy life with a sense of humour everyday; to learn everyday from everything or everybody; to thank god for all we have; to help others; to realise the truth and happiness; to enjoy cooking, eating, studying, working as well as talking and sleeping.

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Everyday Hero: Grandpa

My hero is my Grandpa. He helps me feed our snakes. He takes us to the state fair. He takes care of me and my brother. He is trying to fight the city. He is going to let us go to the reptile show. He has a fun job too. He takes me to school in his favorite best car.

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Everyday Hero: Patrick

My everyday hero is my father. He is a minister and a teacher, and unfortunately suffers from Congestive Heart Failure and is in the process of being added to the list for a heart transplant. I am thankful for every piece of advice and guidance he's given and continues to give me in life, he is a great hero.

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Everyday Hero: Jeff and Diana

Jeff and Diana own and operate a state of the art, gymnastics and cheer leading training facility in McKinney, Texas. When my granddaughter began participating in their program, I was skeptical about the benefits. During the last few years I have seen physical, mental and emotional benefits to her. What really won me over was their program for Special Needs…

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Everyday Hero: Geoffrey

Most little girls grow up with their dad as their own personal hero. But my father is an inspiration to everyone in his life. As is frequently the case, the most generous and supportive person always seems to feel the least appreciated. I know there are days that my dad must feel that way. I want him to know that…

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Everyday Hero: Roberta

This is a story about my Aunt Bobby. She was the most loved person I ever knew. As a boy I remember visiting her and her husband Bob, son Randy and daughter Patty at their Gross Pointe home in Michigan. I arrived one summer after school had let out. I found a family filled with love and a home that…

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Everyday Hero: Dave

My hero is named Dave. I've known him for about two years now. There are so many reasons why he is my hero. He is like a dad to me, when I'm sick he brings me to the doctor's office, when I'm hungry he feeds me, when I have a problem he talks it through with me(and always gives me…

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Everyday Hero: Maria

I am only 16 years old and my hero has been an incredible person that I grew up with and that I love so much. Since I was very little, my grandmother has been like a mother to me. She has taught me the meaning of life and thanks to her, I am the kind, caring, generous young adult that…

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Everyday Hero: Bobby

Bobby is my baseball team's coach. He has shared his life stories and influenced me in every way he can. He has encouraged me to take a better path than he took in some areas, and he has always tried to make my life better for me. He has the character of a true leader and the heart for the…

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Everyday Hero: Christina

My mom, Christina, has been the biggest inspiration of my life. She has lead me through the worst of times. She has gone through things I can't possibly imagine myself, which makes her being my hero a wise and very great choice. I love my mom and I hope things get better.

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Everyday Hero: Rose

My grandmother is my hero. She was a proud woman that spoke her mind and put on no false pretenses. She was incredibly strong and passionate about her home and the nature around it. You either loved her or hated her...and I loved her. She instilled in me the values of her times and I can't say how much that…

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Everyday Hero: My dad

My hero is my dad. He is nice to me. He helps me do my homework. He also helps me find channels on the T.V. He makes big money. He takes good care of me. That's why my dad is my hero to me.

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Everyday Hero: My great grampa

My hero is my great grampa because he fought in the Civil War. He was the leader and he rode a horse. He saved the country and he got hurt very bad. No matter what I still love him.

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Everyday Hero: Wally

Wally is one of my personal heroes because he helps people--me specifically--know where to look to find true happiness and how to have peace in the home. He's constantly creating things to educate people about how to have healthy families. I've watched him change at least a hundred lives and heard how he's helped train others to do the same.…

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Everyday Hero: Tasha

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I nominate my mother. She published her first book. It is called What Makes You Great? She has helped me and my brother in so many ways. She has raised us by herself. My brother was accepted into college at the age of 13. I am on the honor. Although we have had some hard times because of money, my…

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