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Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  69 reviews
This is a collection of essays and practical suggestions for anyone who wants to focus on the joy and satisfaction in their everyday life. Candid and story-filled, this book encourages the reader to see the full rather than the empty half of the glass.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Conari Press (first published 1999)
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Marian la Contrarian
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: growth
What a great little book. MJ Ryan has done a fantastic job of breaking down all the facets of gratitude--and the things that keep us from feeling it--and addressing each one in a short, simple, easily digestible chapter. Most of the chapters (all opened with an excellent and appropriate quotation) are about two small pages, yet each is very rich in anecdote or perspective or strategy. The chapters make nice, brief meditations, which have a cumulative effect rather than an additive one: you don't ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be informative and encouraging. The benefits of living a life of gratitude are clearly discussed in the book. Helpful hints and practices are included as well to lead one to a life of gratitude.
Tom Currier
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific, highly recommended,

I love this book. I consider this to be required reading for everyone. I don’t think there’s much better stuff on the planet. This book is certainly a positive life-changing resource. I want to begin a chain-book with this one!
Cara Hinton
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lovely reminder about being grateful every day and how to achieve this. Lots of ideas on how to be thankful and how to show it.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom
Going through some rough times with my mom not letting me see my sister and needed to focus on something else. Found this in the library sale. So many good nuggets in here. I do have to be careful because I don't agree with everything in this book but the good nuggets are worth me finishing it...krb 7/1/19 ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you for selecting me as a winner in the giveway.

This is a difficult book for me to rate so I have to give it two ratings, one for me, one for others.

2 for me, 5 for others. Others may resonate with her message depending on what they've had to deal with it in life and more importantly how they've dealt with it.

I can not say more, other than I am not grateful to anyone or anything that has devastated me, took away things from me, rejected me, etc, being a borderline compounds that.

I will pas
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this little book of countless ways you can show and feel gratitude which is really the beginning of faith, hope, happiness, contentment, humility, and peace. Wonderful, favorite little book!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very glad I own this on Kindle. I made a plethora of highlights as I went along. I followed the advice in the introduction and first chapters of reading this slowly chapter by chapter and reflecting and not rushing through it. I actually started this book at the airport when I was waiting several hours for a flight out of San Antonio and only finished it today. I have tried many, many times to grasp the concept of writing 5 or so things I am grateful for each day and it never clicked. I wou ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
We did this as a book club read and had our discussion last evening(November 17th) with some interesting take aways, things to try and additions for those of us who had already been doing a regular gratitude practice. My journal practice has two columns - one that includes what I am grateful for and the second column is what had it be so. The book added many additional good practices that did not involve journaling. The quotes were inspiring and although some of the text that followed did not se ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book included many wonderful quotes by authors, religious, and more.

One quote from M Ryan includes that we are here to grow our souls, to heal our wounds, and to become more loving, kind, fearless, and hopeful.

Melody Beattie is quoted in this book stating that gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity...gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vi
Bonnie Staughton
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Attitudes of Gratitude" shows through stories, some exercises, quotes and some spiritual insights how to--as M. J. Ryan says - Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life. This book isn't meant to be read straight through and then put on a shelf. It is meant to be read in passages, given thoughtful consideration and digested. Everyone talks about giving gratitude these days and in this book you will find out how to do it and bring joy to your life.

I really got a lot out of this book and will co
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-enrichment
What started off with a few good reminders devolved into saccharine, pollyannaish fluff, with an unfortunate dip into pseudoscience. That said, one important takeaway, gleaned early in my reading, was that practicing gratefulness can often be an accessible stepping stone into the broader practice of mindfulness, if mindfulness initially seems too daunting or confusing for you. However, for those of us who are already mindfulness practitioners seeking to deepen and enrich our practice, this book ...more
Indrė Zalieckienė
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I was literally highlighting the whole chapters of this book. It is the book I will keep on re-reading over and over again, I hope. After finishing it this morning I made some adjustments in my gratitude journal to finally make sense of it. I learned about some practices that were very inspiring. Also I learned I’ve been already doing some of the things intuitively. Like expressing personalised gratitude in Christmas cards for my friends and relatives. After finishing the book my journey of grat ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great little book that I wish could be required reading for teenagers. While I already follow many of the tips, if I’d learned how to work to live with gratitude at a younger age I would have been much happier. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s the kind of book most teens will pick up. Ms. Ryan, if you see this, please revise into a graphic novel!
Julie Akeman
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a keeper. No big secrets in this one, but we all struggle in being grateful for what we got, when it seems the world says we need more. What you really need is love and to be able to give love to others, it's the real soul food. ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book offers short little sections focusing of different aspects of gratitude. It’s a great read heading into a new year. We need to take stock of all we have to be grateful for and to remember to take time to be in the moment so that we can appreciate all of our blessings.
Sam Jennings
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindful and Meaningful

I enjoyed reading this book over and over. Each time I opened the book the authors words came to life with different and deeper meanings.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspirational book! It was a lovely short read :) When reading I felt joy and calm.
Apothe Keri
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still one of my favorite books. Occasionally re read as a good reminder.
Janice Smith
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Great topic, but I found it a bit boring at times.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read this book twice now and appreciated it even more the second time.
Isabella Roland
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good reminders on gratitude and how to cultivate the mindset in your life and maintain it.
iran de la torre
So true!

Great sharing experiences to learn from. We need to see more of the gratitude towards our self, and say it, be kind and loving.
Faith Tydings
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love quotes and self-help, you’ll love this small but powerful book on gratitude.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
We use this book daily in my therapy group. As much as I dislike "positive thinking" this book has actually been a big help for me. ...more
Jess Doom
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gratitude is a beautiful gift that only you can give to yourself. Just finding gratitude for everything and anything can be a spiritual experience. This book shares some wonderful ways to do just that.
Ember DeBoer
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
This book was divided into three major sections with short chapters that were an easy read before crashing at night: 1) The Gifts of Gratitude, 2) The Attitudes of Gratitude, and 3) The Practices of Gratitude.

The first section discussed some of the benefits you'll witness in your life as your thankfulness grows. The second section talked about different states of mind we should try to embody, and the third section outlined tangible actions to take once the groundwork of having the right attitude
Kevin E
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! What a perfect book for the holidays, when it is so easy to get caught up in extra drama stemming from grudges and the inability to forgive, and therefore blocking a sense of gratitude. That being said, it's good at ANY time of the year. A relatively quick read, each short chapter begins with a nice poem or quote--it comes in short "bites" that speed it along and nourish you with examples of uses of gratitude that brought grace and deep fulfillment in peoples' lives. "Gratitude" has ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Attitudes of Gratitude was gifted to me by a friend many years ago. I keep it close by and read selections from it often. Many pages are "tagged" and much "highlighting" throughout. Recently, I purchased another copy (through Amazon) for a close friend as we were talking about the importance of being grateful for the blessings in our lives. There have been times when I found myself being thankful for things that didn't happen. That also is addressed in this book. It's one that I can pick up and ...more
Bonnie Staughton
"Attitudes of Gratitude" is a self-help book which helps one learn to give gratitude every day and what to expect when you make it a habit. I hear my friends and others talk about giving gratitude and thinking of a certain number of things to be grateful for before going to bed or on awakening in the morning but I wasn't sure what that entailed. I do give thanks to people when appropriate but am now feeling that giving gratitude is much deeper. I'll probably have to re-read parts of this book se ...more
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MJ Ryan is one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover (nominated for the 2005 Books for Better Living award in the Motivational category), Attitudes of Gratitude, The Power of Patience, Trusting Yourself, The Giving Heart, and 365 Health and Happiness Boosters, among other titles. Altogether, there are 1.75 million ...more

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