by Theresa Duffy
November is the perfect month to be mindful of how practicing gratitude can enrich our lives and bring more peace and contentment to those around us. Use these four titles to explore how incorporating thankfulness into everyday routines is both rewarding and transformative.
The Gratitude Diaries
by Janice Kaplan
Journey with author Janice Kaplan as she spends a year purposely living her life with more gratitude. The Gratitude Diaries combines thoughtful research along with the author’s examples of how incorporating thanks into one’s daily life can yield life-changing results. By overcoming negativity and focusing on all the good things that were happening in her life, Kaplan makes a compelling case for the link between gratitude and emotional and physical health. Writing with humor and sensitivity, she offers specific recommendations for readers— such as keeping a gratitude diary (a daily listing of things to be grateful for)— which collectively make up a blueprint to enhance personal relationships, work, finances, emotional and physical health.
The Little Book of Hygge
by Meik Wiking
The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) introduces readers to the Danish method of keeping life simple, cozy and full of gratitude. With short chapters and simple illustrations, the book includes recipes for Danish comfort foods, suggestions for game and movie nights and other activities that bring a snug and comforting feeling into any home. This lovely little title can be read in one sitting and guide you down the path of hygge living in no time!
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
by Kristen Welch
Author Kristen Welch offers a myriad of suggestions for parents who are striving to raise grateful children in a world of instant gratification. She shares her own parenting stories (both the good and the bad) in a conversational and humorous writing style that is a pleasure to read. At the end of each chapter, Kristen shares practical ideas for parents to implement with their children, whether they are preschoolers or teenagers. This book offers readers the opportunity to examine their parenting style and make changes based on the practical recommendations and suggestions that Welch herself found so helpful when steering her children toward more grateful living.
by Oliver Sacks
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, author Oliver Sacks spent the remaining time he had left reflecting on and writing about some of the most poignant experiences of his life while coming to terms with his own mortality. During this thoughtful time of reflection, he penned a series of profound essays which poetically convey his deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for “a beautiful life well lived.” Easily read in one sitting, this book will leave you thoughtfully considering your own life and the moments for which you are most appreciative and grateful.
Theresa is an Adult Services Librarian at Kent District Library Byron Township Branch. She loves the challenges and rewards that come with connecting someone with just the right book.