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Gratitude Book

Gratitude Book

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This book captures hundreds of anonymous expressions of gratitude solicited from online contributors through the gratitude.is project. It also contains reflective essays from those affected by this project. Gratitude explores how the process of expressing gratitude can change how we see the world. Leading happiness research shows that keeping a gratitude journal can result in increased well-being and better health. Inspired by this growing movement, the book is a meditative space with illustrations, hand-made felt landscapes, videos, and a unique soundtrack by Buddhist monks.
This book captures hundreds of anonymous expressions of gratitude solicited from online contributors through the gratitude.is project. It also contains reflective essays from those affected by this project. Gratitude explores how the process of expressing gratitude can change how we see the world. Leading happiness research shows that keeping a gratitude journal can result in increased well-being and better health. Inspired by this growing movement, the book is a meditative space with illustrations, hand-made felt landscapes, videos, and a unique soundtrack by Buddhist monks.

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Published by: Gratitude on Jun 06, 2012
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The little “book” that you’re holding now began life as anexperiment. Inspired by the growing gratitude movement, we wanted to explore what happens if we made a space for that deeply reflective and personal practice in our often freneticand cluttered online lives. So we cleared a little patch of digitalland, and built a modest site at the gratitude.is address. Beforethe paint was dry, we threw open the doors, asking friends andfamily to move in and try it out. Their job was deceptively simple: we asked people to record three gratitudes a day fortwenty-one days.In the first few days, the practice came easily- we instinctively found gratitude for our families, for our friends and for ourhealth, but we quickly learned that gratitude thrives inspecificity. We hunted for gratitudes in the nooks and cracks of our lives—areas that are often overlooked or passed over. And it is in those spots that gratitude transforms, as a plant that eeksout a living in rocky soil might slowly reshape the landscape.Day after day, as your gratitudes filled the site, we were amazedand humbled by what we saw. You were grateful for the most unexpected and delightful things: cabbages, Clearasil, and
Foreword
“Nothing is more honorablethan a grateful heart” 
-Seneca
 
comedy. For us, this practice became a lens, a way tobring our disparate experiences of the world intofocus. We found this lens could help us look deeply  within ourselves and also look outward at thecommunity that was growing around gratitude.is.So what began as an introspective journey morphedslowly into an evolving statement of connection, afeeling that we were all, at different moments of theday, helping each other elaborate the specific details of life. The things for which we can all be collectively grateful. All thoughtful journeys have resting points,so here we are. And again, we’ve cleared a little patchof pixels to handcraft this little “book,” a work toexpress, to reflect, and to celebrate our small journey.Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California,Liz’s artwork plays with distance and perspective totransform this often harsh and rugged landscape intomeditative scenes that inspire and invite contentment.Each felt construction was cut by hand, and we feelthe pieces evoke a sense of rest and reflection that compliment the gratitudes you have shared with us.These landscapes evoke the lens that gratitudeimparts. Imagine how resting for a midday picnic andperhaps a few cups of wine lend a soft focus to theremainder of your journey.This work was also inspired by our travels. In thesepages, you will find a healing mantra that Olgarecorded with monks at the Institute of Tibetology inSikkim, India. We felt that this benediction capturesthe calming movement of experiencing a moment through the lens of gratitude. We organized the anonymous gratitudes andreflection into three sections: Anonymous”, “Calm”and “Being.” Each captures a different facet of what  we found in your offerings of gratitude. But again, thisbook is yours—Try it on, explore, play with it, havefun, and let us know what you think!
-Olga and Liz
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