5 Best Gratitude Books

Written by Dragana Ivanovska


Posted on January 16 2020

We bet you have already set up all the goals for 2020, but we have one more suggestion to add to your list – how about becoming more grateful for what you already have, before pushing forward into the unknown? Although gratitude might seem like a simple concept, it’s actually hard to start incorporating it in your life.

One of the simplest yet underestimated ways of creating your own damn magic is through practicing gratefulness every day! That’s why we picked out the 5 Best Gratitude Books that we have read, and we are sharing them with you so that you can learn to become more grateful and why it’s important for creating your own damn magic:

1. Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth by Laurie Buchanan

And it’s hard because we are holding a lot of emotional baggage and thought patterns that hold us off living a fulfilling life. In her book, Laurie explains each of the different types of baggage we hold, how to make peace with them and how to heal them to live a better, more grateful life. It’s an amazing self-help book that strikes right to the core of the issue core and then teaches you how to overcome it and resolve it.

When our inner landscape is well tended, we are able to face our stories and face our fears. We can allow ourselves to dream, to explore our understanding of who we are, and to determine our purpose in life. Each of us carries a system of energy within us, a system that guides us toward a greater understanding of who we are, what we need, and how we can choose the best course of action. When we make time for stillness, ask questions, and listen to our soul’s voice – our internal compass – we receive clear direction.

Laurie Buchanan, Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth

2. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

This book is a deeply moving one, that introduces the peace, and calmness a person who has lived their life in gratitude possesses. Oliver Sacks was in the final few months of his life when he had written this profound book about gratitude. While many are saddened when they know their death approaches, and he recollects the things they regret, Sacks has written his essays in the gratefulness of living an amazing life as a human being on this planet. It’s a book that you will read and re-read again and again simply because the way Sacks expresses his gratefulness for being alive, is such a profound, calming and inspiring statement. It’s a magical book! Definitely pick this one up!

I cannot pretend I am without fear. But 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; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. 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

3. 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik

If you are looking for a truly inspiring book that will empower you to start practicing gratitude then this is perhaps one of the best books we have stumbled on. Kralik shares his powerful story of how his life a couple of years ago was going in the worst possible way. But even in the situation in which he has found himself, although he hadn’t practiced gratitude before he turned his life around.

Life is very short. You need to do what you think will make you happy.

John Kralik, A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life

In this amazing book, Kralik talks about the importance of gratitude, and his journey to completely transforming his life by simply writing one thing to be grateful for each day of the year. It was such a pleasant book to read that truly brings inspiration to take action, and start your journey towards living a life filled with gratefulness.

If the voice I'd heard in the mountains had implied that I would get all that I wanted, it seemed, at least at this juncture, that it was a promise unfulfilled. Yet, by being thankful for what I had, I realized that I had everything I needed.

John Kralik, A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life

4. Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life by M.J. Ryan

In this amazing book Ryan explains all the benefits of gratitude and how it helps us live a more joyful and fullfiling life. Through research and various techniques presented in the book, you will learn the true meaning of gratitude and how to live a more fullfiling life.

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in that way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

M.J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

5. The Little Book of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons

If you want to learn a lot about gratitude, then this little book might do the trick. It’s great for both beginners and people who already practice gratitude in their lives. In his book, the author explains the importance of gratitude in our lives, through research – but even so, it’s a very easy read.

Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.

Robert Emmons, The Little Book of Gratitude

He also shares techniques to help you start on your gratefulness journey which helps so much in making gratefulness a habit that can change your life. His lessons are simple, yet deep, and they hold such meaning that almost every sentence in this book touches your soul and changes you a little for the better. A tiny yet very mighty book! We loved it!

Living gratefully begins with affirming the good and recognizing its sources. It is the understanding that life owes me nothing and all the good I have is a gift, accompanied by an awareness that nothing can be taken for granted.

Robert Emmons, The Little Book of Gratitude

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