9 Best Books on Gratitude

Did you ever get a feeling that grows bigger than yourself? Something that involves other people or circumstances, yet has a little part of you? Most likely, there are a lot of feelings that have this feature, but the one I mean is gratitude.

Something wonderful has happened to you because someone or something else caused it. Yet, there is also some merit for you: Being aware and open to this wonderful gift. For me, being grateful is one of the best feelings a person can experience.

Gratitude has been looked at from many angles, religion being one of the most noticeable ones. I’m more interested in looking at it from a scientific perspective though. Specifically, from the viewpoint of Positive Psychology. So I started looking for books that could help me learn the basic (and advanced) elements of gratitude… and I ran into A LOT of books!

Looking through the web I crossed path with these titles and now I present them to you so you can become a part of the quest for the best books on gratitude. Have you read any of them? If so, which one did you like best? What part? Why? If not, are you interested in any of them? Which one will make it to your 2015 readings? Do you consider them scientific literature or something else? What?

attitudes of gratitude M J Ryan1# Attitudes of Gratitude

Ryan, M.J. (1999).



2# Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body and Soul

words of gratitude for mind body and soulEmmons, R. (2001).



the psychology of gratitude robert emmons3# The Psychology of Gratitude

Emmons, R. (2004).



count your blessings the healing power of gratitude and love4# Count your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love

Demartini, J. (2006)0.



thanks how the new science of gratitude can make you happier5# Thanks! How the new Science of Gratitude can make you Happier

Emmons, R. (2007).



the gift of thanks margaret visser6# The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude

Visser, M. (2009).



living life as a thank you the transformative power of daily gratitude7# Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude

Lesowitz, N. and Sammons, M.B. (2009). Read more about the effects of gratitude here.



gratitude works emmons8# Gratitude works! A 21 Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Emmons, R. (2013).



9# Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day, a Month-by-Month Guide

Arrien, A. (2013).



Will you leave a comment?

This is a very short list, and I’m sure you have read other books on gratitude. Which ones made your cut? And, in the spirit of this article, I would be extremely grateful for any comment. Thank you!

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Christiane Arrivillaga - Always had a passion for reading and writing and, for some time now, Positive Psychology has become the prime focus of her attention. Get to know our whole team!
  1. Carol Gordon Ekster Reply

    To start kids on a nightly routine of gratitude, share the picture book, BEFORE I SLEEP: I SAY THANK YOU, Pauline Books and Media, 2015. Here’s the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbf_KXG73HY

  2. Anne Kubitsky Reply

    You may want to learn about the Look for the Good Project: http://www.lookforthegoodproject.org. 🙂

  3. rhoda Reply

    Thank you very much for those titles, i have been looking every where for a book on gratitude but found none in my country bookshops in Uganda. so i have resorted to writing my own gratitude journal.

  4. Karen Keating Reply

    I’m grateful that gratitude can be cultivated. This is freedom for me. I always said that I’m not a naturally grateful person. I don’t have to be. Gratitude can be consciously generated. The ATTITUDES OF GRATITUDE has really helped me

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