Explore this selection of books to introduce you to the benefits and applications of gratefulness, gratitude and grateful living, and/or enrich your practice through deepened understanding of the science and wisdom behind these transformational approaches to life, ourselves and each other...
The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a Life of Happiness and Wellbeing by Giving Thanks (2016)
by Robert A. Emmons
Gratitude is the simple, scientifically proven way to increase happiness and encourage greater joy, love, peace, and optimism into our lives. Through easy practices such as keeping a daily gratitude journal, writing letters of thanks, and meditating on the good we have received, we can improve our health and wellbeing, enhance our relationships, encourage healthy sleep, and heighten feelings of connectedness. This beautiful book discusses the benefits of gratitude and teaches easy techniques to foster gratitude every day.
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Stop-Look-Go: A Grateful Practice Workbook and Gratitude Journal (2016)
Produced and edited by Gary Fiedel and Karie Jacobson
Experience the joy of grateful living through practical instructions, exercises and essays. Using the STOP, LOOK, GO technique gratefully borrowed from Br David Steindl-Rast, the book offers 32 exercises adapted from A Network for Grateful Living and The Greater Good Science Center that explore all aspects of grateful living. From the foundations of gratefulness to being grateful in hard times, this workbook and journal provides the building blocks to a grateful life.
Wear Gratitude (Like A Sweater): Art + Words to Inspire (2015)
by Susa Talan
Susa Talan’s hand-drawn lettering and playful illustrations animate the wisdom of beloved writers and thinkers such as Virginia Woolf, Rumi, Lao Tzu, Walt Whitman, Thich Nhat Nanh, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau in Wear Gratitude (Like a Sweater). This gem of a book inspires laughter, contemplation and especially joy in readers of all ages.
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by Oliver Sacks
“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks
Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (2013)
by Robert A. Emmons
Recent dramatic advances in our understanding of gratitude have changed the question from “does gratitude work?” to “how do we get more of it?” This book explores evidence-based practices in a compelling and accessible way and provides a step-by-step guide to cultivating gratitude in their lives. Gratitude Works! also shows how religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions validate the greatest insights of science about gratitude.
The Well of Being (2013)
by Jean-Pierre Weill
The Well of Being is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments. It opens with an account of life’s ultimate purpose as taught by Ramchal, an 18th Century Italian mystic. It concludes with a unique retelling of the puzzle we call growing up, and offers a refreshing and empowering way to rethink it.
BlessBack: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life (2012)
by Julie Saffrin
Imagine if you and your memories held the power to create positive, lasting change both in your life and the world around you. In BlessBack, Julie Saffrin guides us to reflect, connect with and thank the significant people who shaped our lives.
Gratitude in Education: A Radical View (2012)
by Kerry Howells
The intersection of gratitude and education has been at the center of Dr. Kerry Howells’ research on educational philosophy for many years. In her latest book, Gratitude in Education, Howells takes the notion of gratitude from the framework of positive psychology and applies it to both effective teaching techniques and student ownership of their learning. Powerful examples from teachers and students, and quotes about gratitude from many different voices, provide inspiration to do things differently in the classroom, staff-room, and at home.
Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life (2011)
by Angeles Arrien
Author Angeles Arrien invites you to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes our foundation for daily living. Sharing some of the latest scientific research, she gives examples of how gratitude boosts the immune system, fosters creativity, mends relationships, and improves financial well-being. Integrating her research with stories, prayers, teachings, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe, Angeles presents a 12-month plan for mastering the art of giving thanks every day through practices.
Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is (2010)
by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams
A natural way to develop a practice of grateful living is to carry on the time-honored tradition of saying grace at mealtimes. Created around holidays celebrated by a wide variety of cultures throughout the year, this elegantly designed book is a rich source of stories and words to feed your soul and express your gratitude. Proceeds from the book go to Appreciate Network’s program for homeless youth.
Gratitude Factor, The: Enhancing Your Life through Grateful Living (2010)
by Charles Shelton, PhD
Charles Shelton uses his skills as a clinical psychologist to present insights into the human experience of gratitude based on his own research. The exercises, strategies, and reflection questions threaded throughout the book give it a unique practical dimension that facilitates the reader’s growth in gratitude. Shelton’s highly original reflection on Jesus as a grateful person lends a valuable spiritual dimension to his work. The Gratitude Factor will benefit individual readers and well as serve as a resource for spiritual direction workshops, spiritual formation courses, or ministry formation programs.
Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude (2009)
by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons. Foreword by Lee Woodruff
Whatever is given — even a difficult and challenging moment — is a gift. Living as if each day is a thank-you can help transform fear into courage, anger into forgiveness, isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying thank-you every day inspires feelings of love, compassion, and hope. These ideas are the basis for this timely book. Authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons present a simple, but comprehensive program for incorporating gratitude into one’s life, and reaping the many benefits that come from doing so.
The Gift and the Labor of Gratitude: Reflections on Generativity in Adult Development (2008)
by Daniel Schouela
Following Erik Erikson’s contributions concerning the centrality of intergenerational relations in adult development, this book proposes that the emergence in adulthood of the capacity to give is dialectically linked to the capacity to feel grateful for the gifts one has received. Gratitude, and in turn the capacity to give, are viewed as the fruit of an ongoing labor by way of which persons sustain an awareness of their indebtedness, overcome their sense of inequality in reference to their benefactors, and come to experience themselves as having something of value to transmit to others. This book is addressed to researchers and clinicians concerned with emotional development in adulthood and, more generally, to individuals who wish to reflect upon the dynamics of personal transformation in the latter half of life.
Thanks! How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (2007)
by Robert A. Emmons
This fine, succinct contribution to the relatively new field of positive psychology (which seeks to promote emotional wellness, rather than treat disorder) focuses on what a French saying calls the memory of the heart. Emmons, a leader in the field and professor at UC-Davis, looks at gratitude from an interdisciplinary perspective, including literature, psychology, religion and anthropology. He demonstrates how it contributes to emotional equanimity and pleasure, richer personal relationships and greater health.
The Psychology of Gratitude (2004)
Edited by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough
Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology. The volume also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research on gratitude.
Attitudes of Gratitude in Love: Creating More Joy in Your Relationship (2002)
by M.J. Ryan and Daphne Rose Kingma
In her characteristically down-to-earth style, M. J. Ryan helps readers find greater happiness in their relationships — and recall why they fell in love in the first place — through the practice of gratitude. Focusing on what’s right rather than on what’s wrong, the book is divided into two sections: the attitudes of gratitude that bring more joy, peace, and love into one’s life, and the simple actions that can improve any relationship.
Words of Gratitude For Mind, Body, and Soul (2001)
by Robert A. Emmons & Joanna Hill
Introduction by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Learning how to experience gratitude involves being grateful as a attitude, not as a reaction when good things occur. One does not need to wait until things are perfect before being grateful; in fact, it may be just the opposite. It could be that the act of being grateful, in itself, makes one receptive to life’s blessings, and these blessings continue as we continue to be thankful.
A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness (1999)
by Br. David Steindl-Rast with forward by Matthew Fox
Ever since I added the two new chapters, “Sensuous Asceticism” and “Sacred Sensuousness,” to A Listening Heart, this has become for me a favorite among my own books. (Br. David)
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness (1984)
by Br. David Steindl-Rast, forward by Henri Nowen
It makes me happy that, after almost two decades, this book still finds a steady stream of new readers. Now and then, I hear people who made Gratefulness their daily reading in a time of crisis, in sickness, or on their deathbed. This fills me with awe. So does that fact that groups who read and discuss books together have found this one helpful. What do I myself like about it? That it treats the main aspects of gratefulness in a systematic way, without – I hope – being dry. And I specially like the list of key words arranged from A to Z (yes, I even have one for “X”). (Br. David)
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