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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044652106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446521062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gratitude is the most passionate transformative force in the cosmos," promises author Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance) in her introduction. So that everyone can experience the transformational rewards of being grateful, Ban Breathnach designed a day-by-day journal for counting one's blessing. Years of disciplined gratitude have taught Ban Breathnach that "if you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now." Ideally, the journal writer will feel less discontent and "complicated need" and instead feel more awareness of simple abundance. The journal itself is highly inviting--bordered with simple country colors of cream, corn yellow, and dried sage. But even more inviting are the inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, such as Henry Van Dyke's message: "Gratitude is twofold--love coming to visit us and love running out to greet a welcome guest." --Gail Hudson

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Its a small journal to keep track of your thoughts as you read through the book.
Julia W
I love looking back and remembering the many good things that have happened in my life and the many wonderful friends and loving family that I have!
DeeDee
This book is so simple and reminds you to keep track of all the gratitude you have in your life.
Donna Nelson

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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful By IdeaMom on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I simply love Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance. And yes, the gratitude journal is a life changing experience. I would recommend it for anyone. This book is also nice if you can sum up your daily gratitude in a few words. I have a few friends who feel 5 lines for 5 daily seeds of gratitude is sufficient.
However, if you are like me and enjoy journaling. If your 5 items that you are grateful for turns in to 7, 10, even 20 items each day (believe me, once you get into the habit of the gratitude journal, you will become grateful for everything) -- then you need to purchase another journal. I would recommend buying this book for the inspiration, but buy a beautiful blank journal later as your gratitude grows!
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By beth kepple on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
searching for 5 DIFFERENT things to be grateful for each day can become something of a challenge after a few months but what a worthwhile challenge it is! the introduction to this book alone resonates with the core of my being and moves me to tears each time i read it - and i do so often. the author is so right - after a few months of writing down 5 different things i'm grateful for each day, my attitude, perspective and overall approach to life has been altered in the most positive way. even in the midst of some challenging and difficult situations, i find myself awakening with a prayer of gratitude on my lips and a feeling of awe at this wonderful thing called life. i've bought 15 copies of this book to give to family and friends as holiday gifts - it was given to me as a gift last christmas - and i am so grateful for that! it has enriched and blessed my life immeasurably, by awakening me to the abundant blessings surrounding me always.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By "sargoudel" on October 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was a gift from a very dear friend. When I got it I didn't truly "get it", or it's purpose, but then I read the author's words in the beginning, and started to enter in it daily, and I realized the true power of saying "thanks." Breathnach accentuates the journal with amazing, often simplistic quotes which both move and inspire you. To those who say that this is merely a blank-paged journal, I must agree. However, how many of us can say that we actually DO write down 5, 6, or even 1 thing a day to which we say thanks? Plain and simple, this is a beautiful, often inspirational way to offer a very simple, yet powerful note to the universe: thank you. Those who follow the course of this journal throughout one year will realize how simplistic, yet amazing giving thanks is. Recounting your journey throughout the past year and seeing how your perceptions and values have molded around gratitude is a truly invaluable way to learn, and grow in life. Get this book - but more importantly, give it to a dear friend or loved one.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My mother-in-law sent me this book for Christmas, this year, and I first thought, oh no, not another self help book. Let me tell you that just reading the first 17 days readings and I am hooked. I review the previous days reading and then read todays, and always read tomorrows. I feel like a different woman already! It has a calming effect on your soul and inner self that is amazing. I highly recommend this book to any woman that feels overwhelmed with balancing family, work and play. It really helps you to focus. What a wonderful thing to possess for this new century.
Mary B.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. McPhee on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Journal is divided into days and months with five lines provided for each day's review of things to be grateful for. There is a whole page for reflection at each month's end. It is elegantly simple, with quotes from the famous as well as the author that stimulate the process of appreciation for things large and small. Keeping this daily journal has helped me focus on the positive, especially when it felt like there was little to be grateful for.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Kramer on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This lovely book is perfect for recording those small (and large) blessings that truly constitute abundance. Some other reviewers have found fault with what they found to be limited space. But I think they've missed the point. This book never claimed to be a journal in the usual sense. When I write down a phrase or sentence describing something for which I am grateful, it opens the door to a realization of more and yet more things for which I am grateful. When I'm feeling low, I sometimes go back and read earlier entries and find myself smiling and experiencing again the joy of gratitude. Just this morning, I was reading some old entires and this phrase came into my mind: Happiness is a renewable resource. That thought in itself is a blessing to me. I've purchased two of these books in the past and am about to purchase several more, some for myself and some for gifts. It works!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Karen Girard on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Journal of Gratitude is developed specifically for that purpose - the exercise of writing down 5 things each day for which you are grateful. It contains some nice quotes and thought provoking sayings that you may enjoy as well.
But if you are considering purchasing or giving this as a gift to someone who wants to keep a daily journal, you will not find enough space. As Career Planning and Development Host at BellaOnline, I like to do a lot of writing - and I do need more space.
But my Gratitude Journal is something special, and I like to have someplace special to do it - what better place than one where I can get a bit of a motivational quote at the same time to help me end my day in peaceful thought.
If you want to purchase a beautiful journal for your own gratitude book, you can go and select one from any bookstore out there, but be prepared to spend the same amount or more than you will pay for this one - the companion to the Book - Simple Abundance - which launched this wonderful project in the first place.
If we all took the time to be grateful for some simple things each day, how much happier could we be? Try it and find out...
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