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Gratitude Books

Cultivating Appreciation, Generosity and Happiness

It's a perfect time of year to curl up with books about benefits and applications of gratefulness, gratitude and grateful living—ways to enrich each day through deeper understandings of the wisdom behind transformative approaches to life, ourselves and each other. Author, filmmaker and "Musing" muse Steve Haruch, along with his colleagues at Parnassus Books, kindly recommended the following worthy list of four such books. Some come as digital audiobooks as well. Call 615.953.2243 to check book availability. ParnassusBooks.net

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey by A. J. Jacobs
New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make people happier, more generous and more connected.
$16.99

Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, a Friendship by Sarah Ruhl, Max Ritvo
Studded with poems and songs, this book is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality and the afterlife.
$16
 

The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay
This book is about people's shared bonds and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. The stories emphasized serve as powerful and necessary reminders that people can, and should, stake out a space in their lives for delight.
$23.95

To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude by Rachel Brathen
The main character of this book goes through a transformative period and eventually shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.
$26

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