20 Books About Thankfulness

Slow down and express gratitude for the good things in life ♥

October 26, 2021

These 20 books will help you take some time to slow down and express gratitude for the good things in life.

365 thank yous

365 Thank Yous
The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

John Kralik

The author explains how writing thank you notes led him out of hopelessness and into the fulfillment of lifelong dreams.

Chicken soup for the soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul
The Power of Gratitude: 101 Stories About How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life

Amy Newmark, Deborah Norville

Collects over one hundred inspiring stories in which average people change their lives by actively practicing gratitude.

Enough about me

Enough About Me
The Unexpected Power of Selflessness

Richard Lui

When his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, award-winning journalist Richard Lui left his national news anchor job to care for Dad—no small decision. But decisions to be selfless are rarely so dramatic. Enough About Me equips you with the practical tools to find meaning and compassion in even the smallest of everyday choices.


The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Diana Butler Bass

Offers practical suggestions for reclaiming gratitude as a part of contemporary Christian spiritual practice.

Grateful American

Grateful American
A Journey From Self to Service

Gary Sinise

Discusses the author’s impressive career in the theater and film industries and his charity work on behalf of active duty members of the military, military veterans, and first responders.



Oliver Sacks

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

The gratitude diaries

The Gratitude Diaries
How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life

Janice Kaplan

A woman chronicles her exploration of looking on the bright side of every life situation over the course of a year and discusses how gratitude can transform every part of a person’s life and lead to a more fulfilling existence.

Gratitude works!

Gratitude Works!
A Twenty-One-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Robert A. Emmons

A purposeful guide for cultivating gratitude as a way of life explores evidence-based practices while providing step-by-step advice for practicing gratitude in accordance with religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions that support scientific principles.

Happily ever after

Happily Ever After
The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart

Trista Sutter

Published to coincide with the author’s 10-year wedding anniversary television special, a personal account by the reality star of The Bachelor and Bachelorette traces her career and whirlwind romance with Ryan Sutter while sharing personal secrets to a fulfilling relationship.

Help, thanks, wow

Help, Thanks, Wow
The Three Essential Prayers

Anne Lamott

Describes the three simple prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, expressing gratitude, and feeling awe—that help to deal with the hardships of daily life.

The joy compass

The Joy Compass
Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment

Donald Altman

Presents eight mindfulness strategies to help readers overcome negativity and live happy lives, including such practices as humor, gratitude, foregiveness, affirmation, and meditation.

Leading with gratitude

Leading With Gratitude
Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results

Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton

In Leading with Gratitude, New York Times bestselling authors, the “apostles of appreciation” Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick introduce readers to easy ways to add more gratitude to their work environment.

Living life as a thank you

Living Life as a Thank You
The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude

Nina Lesowitz, Mary Beth Sammons

The authors present a simple but comprehensive program for incorporating gratitude into one’s life and reaping its many benefits, in a book with motivational quotes, suggested gratitude practice and anecdotes that is divided into such chapters as “Thank You Power” and “Putting Gratitude into Action.”

The power of being thankful

The Power of Being Thankful
365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude

Joyce Meyer

A 365-day devotional that features Bible verses and prayers designed to create a daily habit of giving thanks to God.

Spirituality of gratitude

Spirituality of Gratitude
The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness

Joshua Choonmin Kang

God invites us to enter into a world of thankfulness at every moment in our lives, even in the hard times—perhaps especially then. Come and discover a spirituality of gratitude with pastor and bestselling Korean author Joshua Choonmin Kang in these fifty-two short chapters that can be read in weekly sabbath reflection or daily devotional use.

Thank you power

Thank You Power
Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You

Deborah Norville

Offers scientific evidence proving that gratitude is the secret key to unlocking life’s full potential, sharing powerful personal stories of “thank you power” in action and teaching readers how to incorporate that power into their own lives.

Thanks a thousand

Thanks a Thousand
A Gratitude Journey

A. J. Jacobs

A New York Times best-selling author describes a journey of gratitude as he attempts to thank every person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee, from Minnesota coal miners to farmers in Columbia and the marketers on Madison Avenue.

The thank-you project

The Thank-You Project
Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time

Nancy Davis

A freelance writer describes the positive impact she experienced by sending thank-you notes to the numerous people in her life who had helped, influenced, or inspired her and offers a roadmap for adding more gratitude and happiness to life.

The way of gratitude

The Way of Gratitude
A New Spirituality for Today

Galen Guengerich

A leading minister offers an inspiring guide to living a meaningful life by embracing the power of gratitude.

When you say 'thank you', mean it

When You Say ‘Thank You’, Mean It
An 11 Other Lessons for Instilling Lifelong Values in Your Children

Mary O’Donohue

A practical program that allows parents to instill timeless values in their children over the course of one year focuses on one key value a month and includes such fun and family-friendly activities as keeping a gratitude board, making a compassion-in-action calendar and much more.