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Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – October 28, 2011

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Living in Gratitude

About the Author

Angeles Arrien is a teacher, author, and cultural anthropologist. She received her master's degree from the University of California - Berkeley, and her doctorate from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Dr. Arrien's teachings bridge the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and comparative religion, while focusing on universal beliefs shared by humanity. She lectures and leads workshops internationally on cultural anthropology and transpersonal psychology at colleges, corporate settings, and personal growth facilities.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160407082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604070828
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Gratitude is a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make." ~ pg. 3

A lot of people have the belief that if you are grateful for your life then you will be happy. "Living in Gratitude" is a book meant to be read over the course of a year. It is a twelve-month journey that includes wisdom from all around the world. Angeles Arrien believes we should make gratitude a daily practice because it improves our health and well-being. She explains how when we look for the good in others we automatically become more compassionate.

What I especially liked about this book is the section on practices at the end of each chapter. The questions asked also could be used as inspiration for writing in a gratitude journal.

Some of the topics covered in this book include forgiveness, generosity, humility, mercy, tolerance, joy, respect, peace, love and wisdom. Also throughout the book Angeles Arrien explains how different cultures express gratitude. She also explains "nature deficit disorder." Don't you feel more grateful when you get out in nature? I often feel gratitude when I look up at the night sky.

"Living in Gratitude" is a beautiful gift to the world. Reading this book made me instantly feel happy. I know that if I practice being grateful it will bring even more happiness into my life.

~The Rebecca Review
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This is a truly lovely, inspirational, and practical book. It is divided into 12 months and, as others have suggested, it is best used one month at a time as a guide to changing your habitual ways of thinking and reacting to life.

Each chapter includes a prayer, practices, homework, quotes, and tools for assessing your progress. The writing is compassionate and clear. The book's design and typeface are user-friendly, a big deal in today's publishing climate, where the tendency is to squeeze as much text into as small a space as possible.

I enjoyed the author's tone of patience and kindness, as well as her broad perspective and balanced approach. She focuses on self-compassion and gratitude as much as acts of loving kindness towards others.

While this is an excellent choice for someone who wants to deepen their appreciation of life in a more deliberate way, it would also be a great selection for spiritual book groups.
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Gratitude is a word that is being used a lot these days, but no one talks about the practice as wisely and eloquently as Angeles Arrien in her beautiful book, Living in Gratitude. I was so profoundly touched by the wisdom she shared that I gave it to all my friends and clients as Christmas presents!

Each month offers a specific learning, practice and blessing that I am sure will change my life as I move through the exercises and absorb the deep and wise teaching she shares. This book is a gem to be cherished and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to open their hearts and give gratitude to the world around them.

Shannon Presson
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We know that when people thank us, we feel good and want to give them more. Well, it seems the Universe operates in much the same way. Gratitude is one of the most powerful spiritual virtues. It's not just an emotional response, but also it's a choice.

The book begins by defining gratitude, then describes the "four universal portals to gratitude"--entryways to experience thankfulness: blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections. There are four quadrants in our lives in which we can practice being grateful: work, money, health and relationships. Obstacles of gratitude are also discussed.

The book goes on to have a month-by-month guide, exploring themes for each month. Each chapter begins with a prayer (usually of thanks or grace and by a famous person or from a spiritual path or religion) and concludes with reflections, practices, review and integration so that we can internalize and introspect on lessons of gratitude. The idea is not to read the book in one sitting, but over a year. This helps us integrate thankfulness.

The book is sprinkled with stories from various religions such as Sufism, as well as inspirational and thought-provoking quotes from a wide variety of people. It concludes with an epilogue, an extensive bibliography, and a list of discussion questions, some of which would be great in a book club.

One thing I love about the book is that it cites studies. For example, I was amazed to learn of research indicating that couples who express at least a five-to-one ratio of appreciations to complaints stay together, manifesting longevity--whereas those who complain more will likely divorce.
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While I bought the book in early December, I decided to wait till January to begin the 12 month journey of readings and activity suggestions as outlined in the book. As one in recovery for alcoholism, I find the book flows well into the 12 step program but this book is for everyone, not specific to recovery.
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