Gratitude Journal

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
110 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2015
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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

Karen McDermott’s Gratitude Journal is a delightful and attractive book that readers make their own by writing down what they are grateful for and why on each of the blank daily pages. The journal can be used over a period of 52 weeks – each day of each week has four nicely spaced lines for thoughts and reflections to be entered. The weeks begin with the question: What are you grateful for today? Then each week has a thought-provoking thought/truth to aid personal growth and reflection. For example, the journal begins with “One of the secrets in life is knowing that by releasing expectation and embracing gratitude we become happier.” Quotes for the week cover thoughts on forgiveness, humility, giving, intention, finding time to laugh, instinct and inner guidance, individuality, change and many others.

Gratitude Journal is a simple, beautiful idea that will appeal to those who wish to develop their inner, spiritual, or emotional health and growth by expressing daily what they notice, appreciate, and can be grateful for. Karen McDermott’s journal fits well with the current trend for exploring and expanding our mental and psychological health in simple and doable ways. Developing a positive but realistic and observant nature and mind set can increase a sense of happiness, acceptance and well-being, whatever people may be going through. I loved the simplicity and layout of this little journal, which will entice the owner to reflect and write a little each day. There is a lovely font style, and a little image in the corner of each page. The quotes are inspiring and motivational and add to the purpose of keeping this journal. My two favorites were: “Change is something to embrace, not fear. It helps us live our best life, learn and achieve our dreams,” and “Being grateful is to recognize the love in everything we receive.”

This book would make a beautiful gift (even a gift to yourself) and I can see it being used by people of all ages, particularly by those going through difficult times and being recommended by counselors too. Wonderful.