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Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – October 28, 2011
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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
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't gotten through it yet but what I have read I am enjoyingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Angeles writes from her heart and her extensive life experiences in this wonderful book on gratitude. For anyone on the healing and spiritual path, this book is a must read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Genie Palmer
This is a terrific book for a daily reminder to be grateful for all of life.Published 23 months ago by Ann E. Dunkin
Everyone should read this book. There is SO much research put into this book on so many levels. Angeles Arrien takes her reader through the year giving us a depth into the seasons... Read morePublished on September 20, 2014 by S. T. Bibee
I have enjoyed reading this book each month for its insightful thoughts about the seasons, the history of the month, and especially the reflections on living out the month... Read morePublished on September 11, 2014 by Anne M Beavan
She seemed to like it when it was given to her. It's what she asked for for Christmas and I guess it's what she wanted.Published on April 22, 2014 by Dejadan