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The Power Of Gratitude #GratitudeCircle

For today’s Gratitude Circle post I’m reviewing a book I read (thanks NetGalley) – The Power of Gratitude.

Book Description

In today’s highly consumerist society, where possessing a killer instinct is considered a great asset, and quarterly growth figures are a measure of a nation’s standing internationally; does gratitude have any place at all?

What is gratitude? Learn how gratitude empowers, how it affects society, its place in religion, and why gratitude is so important.

Gratitude can be learned. Inside are ten steps you can take to incorporate gratitude into your life. Additionally, there are some behaviors to avoid if we truly want to enhance our process of learning gratitude, as well as exercises to really incorporate gratitude into your life.

Read about real-life gratitude stories from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan.

Enjoy the gratitude poems in this book. Use them to increase gratitude in your life, even when you don’t feel grateful.

Practice feeling gratitude . . . practice will . . . reap the physical, mental, and spiritual advantages that naturally flow from the simple act of being grateful.

the power of gratitude cover

The Power of Gratitude

The author, Lamees A‘s response to an interview question about the book on First Edition Design Publishing was interviewed about the book:

What inspired you to write The Power of Gratitude? You dedicated the book to several people in your life. Were these people the inspiration?
The biggest malaise afflicting modern times is that we are made to think that we are some kind of heroic Lone Ranger. We are not. Man is a social animal.

We need symbiotic relationships with one another in order to thrive, and that requires that we be good to each other. Gratitude is what makes human relationships blossom and grow. The people I have dedicated this book to are the ones who I am eternally grateful to—my family, friends, and mentors.

Review  [rating=4]

I enjoyed reading this book because it underlines my views on the power of gratitude. It comes across a well-reasearched book, giving plenty of arguments for gratitude and lots of examples too.

Gratitude empowers, it enables us to understand that life is about moments lived well. Rather than look out for good or bad moments, gratitude teaches us to be grateful for all those moments that make up life. – Lamees A

Well worth a read!
the power of gratitude

Here’s my gratitude list for this month – celebrating the power of gratitude:

  • I’m grateful for the dark days I’ve gone through this month. They helped me to be more real and take stock of my priorities.
  • One thing that’s constant on my list is my gratitude for the love and support from José.  I wish I was better at acknowledging this to him in person though. I can be quite a grumbler and a nag and we do argue, but I’m grateful – always! 🙂
  • All the delightful books I’ve had a chance to read – both non-fiction and fiction. Best of all, lucky me, I get to read most of them for free! 😉
  • Someone  popped out of the blue to ask me a favour this month. As much as it hurt to be taken for granted, it reaffirmed my feelings for a while about her. It helped to underscore my decision not to invest anything more in this relationship. Sometimes we do things for old times sake. Moving on is not easy, but needs to be done so we can create space for better relationships.
  • The support of family demonstrates itself in ways that are difficult to list out, but I’m grateful.
  • Witnessing the strength and faith of cousins who lost their young son in a tragic way. Their stoic acceptance was very inspiring.
  • Readers who with their comments and shares, help me to stay committed to writing this blog. Always grateful!

The power of gratitude – it helps me realize how truly rich I am!


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  1. Beat About the Book Beat About the Book August 27, 2015

    This sounds like a good one. The thing about gratitude is that I forget to count my blessings when I most need to. Making it a habit might be a good idea.

  2. Bethany L. Bethany L. August 7, 2015

    Awesome book review! I have never thought about power coming along with gratitude–I love that. This past summer has been the first time that I have worked on choosing contentment and gratitude–and it sounds so simple–but it has made all the difference. 🙂
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  3. Amy Amy August 3, 2015

    Thanks for the book review – I am always on the look out for good book recommendations. It sounds like this month you have been living a great example of the power of gratitude to improve your life, in good times as well as not so good.
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  4. Paula Reyne Paula Reyne August 2, 2015

    No one spends much time talking or sharing about this very important topic. I’m grateful you did! #MidLifeLuv

  5. Parul Parul August 1, 2015

    Thanks for sharing about this book. I am grateful to you for being so diligent on Everygyaan. I may not be able to visit always, but when ever I come, I feel I have learnt something new and wonderful.
    Coming over to your gratitude list – wonderful one! Family, days that teach us so much, books – just everything to keep the soul happy! 🙂

    Have a lovely August Corinne!
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  6. nabanita nabanita August 1, 2015

    I wish we took out more time to be grateful, atleast I wish I did…But it feels so good to be thankful for the blessings we have…What would our lives be without that? Nothing really!
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  7. Esha M Dutta Esha M Dutta August 1, 2015

    What a wonderful post, Corinne! Gratitude is such a beautiful word and the gesture is ‘twice blest’ as it enriches and humbles both the giver and the receiver 🙂

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  9. mahathi ramya mahathi ramya July 31, 2015

    This is the first time i prepared gratitude list inspired by inspirational bloggers like you and feeling good 🙂 glad to link my post in this gratitude circle.
    Seeing your gratitude list, its great that you have good family support and obviously it is very important and not to be taken for granted. I am jealous that you got to read many delightful books , I couldn’t read much this month due to other commitments 🙁
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  10. Lux Lux July 31, 2015

    Nothing more powerful than gratitude to open the doors of more blessings. 🙂
    Great read!
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  11. Vinitha Vinitha July 31, 2015

    Writing down gratitude list helps in knowing that how truly wonderful our life is. There are too many things in our life that we don’t give proper credit for. At times I feel silly writing down the gratitude list, but then the sense of fulfillment by merely noting down all those which helps me, that feeling can’t be achieved any other way. Yes, gratitude does empower us!
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  12. Miranda Miranda July 31, 2015

    I was going through a very down period last year, and I wrote out every little thing I was grateful for. I mean everything! From air, coffee, my family, our bed, sheets, shoes, clothes, running water, etc. After a page or so of just listing everything I am grateful for, I realized just how much I take for granted in my daily life. It is so good to practice gratitude daily, and I love your list. Thanks for the comment on my blog as well 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 27, 2015

      Gratitude has been a lifesaver for me, more than once, Miranda. Sorry I took so long to respond to your comment.

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  14. G Angela G Angela July 30, 2015

    Lovely post corinne, very true gratitude empowers and also keeps us balanced, it helps us see the positive side of everything in life, glad to be part of this circle and thanks for all the links and reminders for this post, I do appreciate you
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