It’s been a while since I shared a book review here, though I’ve been doing a lot of reading and reviewing. (In case you are interested, my reviews of fiction can be found at my other website). As you might have realized, I’m slowly attempting to get back into regular features on this site – #MondayMusings is back and now you’ll see a lot more book reviews and other features back too. With Thanksgiving just two days away, it was only fitting that I restart the reviews with the topic of gratitude – and so here I am with my review of The Gratitude Project.
Gratitude arises when we bring an open and full presence to our life, and its sweetness is a feeling of homecoming. The Gratitude Project is an exquisite and wise inquiry into this beautiful expression of the heart!– Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
The Gratitude Project
In our fractured, “me-first” world, the science and practice of thankfulness could be just the antidote we need.
Gratitude is powerful: not only does it feel good, it’s also been proven to increase our well-being in myriad ways. The result of a multiyear collaboration between the Greater Good Science Center and Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, The Gratitude Project explores gratitude’s deep roots in human psychology—how it evolved and how it affects our brain—as well as the transformative impact it has on creating a meaningful life and a better world.
With essays based on new findings from this original research and written by renowned positive psychologists and public figures, this important book delves deeply into the neuroscience and psychology of gratitude, and explores how thankfulness can be developed and applied, both personally and in communities large and small, for the benefit of all.
With contributions from luminaries such as Sonja Lyubomirsky, W. Kamau Bell, Arianna Huffington, and many more, this edited volume offers more than just platitudes—it offers a blueprint for a new and better world.
If you’re like me – a person who has been practising gratitude and reading up as much as you can about it, then you’ve certainly read some of the resources from the Greater Good Science Center. So when I got this book to review, I wasn’t expecting something new, but a handy compilation of the research on gratitude. I wasn’t disappointed at all.
The book is full of facts on how gratitude positively impacts so many areas of our lives and leads to a much better approach to life. It also has practical suggestions on how you can make gratitude a part of your daily life.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to understand gratitude in a deeper way and read the research on gratitude.
Buy The Gratitude Project
The Gratitude Project is a practical and thoughtful exploration of how appreciation can help us find hope and strengthen our most important relationships. Gratitude is a mind-set that does far more than make you feel good; it can help you be your best self, connect with others, and see the good in the world.– Kelly McGonigal, author of The Joy of Movement and The Upside of Stress
My grateful thanks to the publisher and NetGalley who offered me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.