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Reasons to be Thankful: Uplifting Books

Reasons to be Thankful: Uplifting Books

Published: November 11, 2021

Getting into the habit of practicing gratitude can be life-changing, and since it’s a running theme for the month of November, there’s no better time to get started! Simple actions can help you get into the practice of living a grateful life.

  • Keeping a gratitude journal.

  • Sharing compliments with the people around you. 

  • Focusing on the things that bring you joy. 

  • Make a list of your accomplishments.

  • Do something kind to show your gratitude for someone special. 

For those of use that need a little extra motivation, the Catawba County Library has you covered. This month we’re offering two programs that explore different methods of acting on gratitude as part of our on-going Self Care Project, one virtual and one in-person at the Main Library in Newton. To register for one or both, visit In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Southwest Branch is encouraging all patrons to visit them to write letters of thanks to those they are grateful for-whether friends, family, or community members. Stationary and stamps provided! 

We also have quite a few books that can show you how to cultivate a grateful life. Here are some of our favorites: 

365 thank yous : the year a simple act of daily gratitude changed my life (2010)

By Kralik, John

The thank-you project : cultivating happiness one letter of gratitude at a time (2019)

By Kho, Nancy Davis

The power of thank you : discover the joy of gratitude (2022)

By Meyer, Joyce

Wake up grateful : the transformative practice of taking nothing for granted (2020)

By Nelson, Kristi

The joy of appreciative living : your 28-day plan to greater happiness in 3 incredibly easy steps (2008)

By Kelm, Jacqueline Bascobert