Thanksgiving is here, which means that’s it’s time to reflect on everything that we’re grateful for. To mark to occasion, we’ve put together this list of eight fantastic books about gratitude. Everyone expresses gratitude in different ways, so our list is full of diverse options, from self-help books to poetry collections. Choose one to read on Thanksgiving!
Ross Gay is one of our most important modern poets. In Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, he uses themes of nature and the personal to explore beauty and, as the title implies, gratitude. Gay’s superb poetry deserves a spot on your shelf year-round.
Gratitude is good, but it isn’t always easy. This powerful self-help book helps readers unlock their feelings of thankfulness. Appreciating what you have is a reliable path to happiness!
Dr. Seuss’ Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is the first of a couple of books we’re including on this list for the little ones in your life. The charming and familiar style of Dr. Seuss drives home a great lesson: no matter how bad things may seem, it’s important to know how blessed you are.
Why are we grateful? Most people would answer that question with a list of blessings and things to be thankful for. Visser takes a different approach, looking at gratitude from a cultural anthropologist’s point of view. This book examines the cultural institution of gratitude, the ways in which we express thanks, and what it all means to our society and ourselves.
Silverstein’s classic children’s book is about giving, but gratitude seems at times to be conspicuously absent from the story. That’s made The Giving Tree a surprising source of controversy for decades now. How much is too much to give?
Set in World War II, Kertes’ novel is dark but beautiful. It follows the story of a family of Hungarian Jews in the year 1944. Kertes’ characters show the good and the bad of one the most terrible times in human history.
Are you grateful for romance? Evanovich’s 1988 romance novel is set during the Thanksiving season, and it weaves themes of love and thankfulness in with Evanovich’s trademark wit. If you’re a fan of Evanovich’s popular Stephanie Plum series, then you’ll love this earlier novel.
It pays to be grateful! Emmons uses modern science to prove that practicing the lessons of the books on this list can be good for your health. Emmons’ writing is crisp, coherent, and compelling.