5 Books That Remind​ Me to Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

In honor of the holiday, I was thinking about books that remind me to be thankful. Here are the few I picked out.

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Pollyanna, by Eleanor M. Porter

This book is a classic! It might be silly, but I think it teaches us an important lesson… there’s always a reason to be glad (and grateful).

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Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

This is such an important book that I absolutely think every person should read. It’s about Viktor Frankl’s time in a concentration camp, and also how he survived. It’s bleak at times, but it’s also inspiring, encouraging, and reminds me to be grateful for all the wonderful possibilities in my life.

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The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

This was my first time reading this book, and it was moving. Anne was in a horrible situation, but she tried to keep her spirits up and constantly reminded herself to be grateful for what she had. If she can do it, any of us can.

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Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

The idea of living in a world without books terrifies me. Zombies and ghosts and the bird flu make me shrug. But no books? Shudder. We live in a world where we can get just about any book we might want and that’s a beautiful thing. I’m so grateful.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

We live in a world of lots of freedoms. Sure, freedom is always a moving target, and there’s always going to be some inequality and some injustice, but overall, it could be far worse. For some women, in some parts of the world, The Handmaid’s Tale has more fact than fiction. I’m grateful for the freedoms I’m privileged to enjoy.

My friend Ramona over at While I Was Reading did a similar post, about books to inspire your gratitude practice. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, it’s worth a read.

Pollyanna- A Review

th-2I try to read Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter, at least once a year.  Pollyanna introduced me to the power of positive thinking.

It was published in 1913, but the concepts are still relevant: There is always a reason to be glad.

I believe that, and its the outline for my philosophy on life.  We have choices, and we can choose to be happy… or not.

For those of you not familiar with the book, Pollyanna is recently orphaned, and goes to live with her estranged Aunt Polly.  Her Aunt Polly is cranky, but does her duty to Pollyanna.  In the meantime, Pollyanna teaches the whole town about the “glad game.”

If you’ve never read it, definitely look it up.  And if you have read it, it’s time to re-read it.

 

G is For The Glad Game

Pollyanna, by Eleanor H Porter is one of my all time favorite books. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the glad game, it came about when Pollyanna’s father received a charity package, and instead of the doll she wanted, there were crutches. They decided that Pollyanna could be happy for the crutches because she didn’t need them.

It’s an attitude more than mere optimism or gratitude. The glad game is a way of turning any situation around to see it in a positive light. Short of death or illness of you or a loved one, this can be used in almost any situation.

It takes practice, and people don’t always like others having positive attitudes. More than once I’ve had people get irritated with me when I refuse to think negatively about something!

I’m not saying we should all be Pollyannas, because even I can say it would make the world a more annoying place! At the same time, couldn’t we all use a little more happiness? Glass half full or glass half empty is often a choice. The fact is that the glass has exactly the same amount of liquid no matter how we choose to see it.