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Get Your Gratitude On

November 5, 2018

It’s the time of year for feeling grateful. But let’s face it: with today’s busy lifestyle, even the best of us can have a tough time tapping into the “attitude of gratitude.” These books from NPL’s collection might help. From meditations on thankfulness to the essentials of mindfulness practice, these reads offer practical ways to focus on what matters and harness gratitude.


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Cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass believes there is a gap between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully. But shared practices such as gratitude help us understand ourselves, our world, and spirituality itself. In Grateful, Butler Bass explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice and offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it.[[nid:4431]]

During the last few months of his life, neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks, M.D., wrote a series of essays for The New York Times about coming to terms with his own death. This slim-but-powerful volume encourages readers to honor the gifts of every human being and cultivate gratitude for the gift of life.[[nid:4432]]

Some of the happiest people in the world live in Denmark, and the reason is often attributed to their philosophy of hygge (hoo-ga), or comfort, togetherness, and well-being. Whether curling up on the sofa in comfy pajamas or chatting with loved ones around a candlelit table while enjoying a slice of cake, The Little Book of Hygge introduces readers to the principles behind this gentleway of life.[[nid:4436]]

Writer John Kralik set a goal of writing 365 thank-you notes to help him develop gratitude for his own life. His handwritten notes began to net surprising benefits almost immediately, including turning his troubled life around.[[nid:4437]]

This pocket-sized, illustrated guide by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces beginners and refreshes experienced practitioners on the essentials of mindfulness practice. He elucidates the benefits of mindful walking, which can help reduce depression and increase gratitude in every moment. Hanh guides readers to new awareness with each deliberate step, allowing the rushing and longing of daily life to fade away.[[nid:4438]]


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