Books on Self-Reflection, Gratitude + Small Changes

To Make a Huge Difference

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

This is not your mother's advice columnist and certainly not for the faint-hearted. But, I could not put it down. It's a compilation of advice columns originally written anonymously for the literary website, The Rumpus. The author was eventually revealed to be Cheryl Strayed of Wild.

Yes, Mother, there's language and painfully graphic descriptions of unspeakable injustices that sometimes befall us, even in childhood. But at the heart of Cheryl's frankness is tenderness and gratitude toward life, championing her "sweet pea" readers to live life fully, do the work and be thankful.

Calm The Chaos Journal: A Daily Practice for a More Peaceful Life

Imagine slowing down long enough this month to actually soak in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Now, imagine making that a daily practice with this beautiful yet simple journal. 

With concise writing prompts, log your daily health routines, such as exercise, sleep and nutrition. Longer prompts allow you to examine your mental wellness with acts of kindness, memorable moments and gratitude. This short-hand journal is perfect for those who want to start journaling but feel they don't have the time.

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

We all get stuck in life. When John Kralik was at a mid-life low point, with problems stacking up, he committed to being grateful for what he already had. And thinking of a recent hand-written thank you note he'd received, he made a goal of sending thank-you notes every day for one year. 

This memoir tells the story of a man who, like many of us, get bogged down in the minutiae of life, and commits to getting back to the basics to turn everything around. 

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