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Gratitude During the Holiday Season

This has been a divisive and difficult year for our country. With the holidays upon us, now is the time to reflect on the positive. Most of us have a lot to be thankful for, and the holiday season is a wonderful time to truly reflect and focus on becoming more grateful.

This selection of library books should help you on your quest to become a more grateful person.


 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

Just when his dearest life dreams seemed to have slipped beyond his reach, John Kralik was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn't have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had. He set the goal of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.


 The Gift of Thanks by Margaret Visser

This fascinating inquiry into all aspects of gratitude ranges from the unusual determination with which parents teach their children to thank, to the difference between speaking the words and feeling them, to the ways different cultures handle the complex matters of giving, receiving, and returning favors and presents. It also illuminates the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and discover its biological and evolutionary roots.


 Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.



 The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan

On New Year's Eve, journalist and former Parade Editor-in-Chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have. Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness.


 Gratitude Works! by Robert A. Emmons

This purposeful guide for cultivating gratitude as a way of life explores evidence-based practices while providing step-by-step advice for practicing gratitude in accordance with religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions that support scientific principles.
 Living a Life of Gratitude by Sara Wiseman
Sharing uplifting stories that travel from the beginnings of life to the end, "Living a Life of Gratitude" shows you how to open your heart to a journey of reflection that will help you slow down and appreciate life for what it is. Whether you use it as a source for discovering inspiration or for strength in times of struggle, this book is a guide to finding light and love, even when you least expect it.
 Living in Gratitude by Angeles Arrien
What would happen if you made gratitude your focal point for one full year? With "Living in Gratitude," Angeles Arrien invites us to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes our foundation for daily living. Integrating the latest findings from social science with stories, prayers, teachings, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe, she presents a 12-month plan for mastering the art of giving thanks every day.
Everyone's got something to be thankful for. These stories entertain, but also overflow with quirkiness, sentimentality--and most of all--appreciation. Looking beyond the famous faces, you'll find unexpected insights from esteemed individuals that will wake you up to the most valuable things in your own life.
This book offers an updated perspective on abundance, which goes way beyond financial capital. Thanking (rather than thinking) puts us on an energetic frequency that calls in miracles. Science has proven that when we observe the world from a place of gratitude, we develop the capacity to radically rev up our day-to-day experience.


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