Dhruv Jadav/10th April, 2018
“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.”
Certainly it happens with the readers and I am one of them. Before cultivating the habit of reading I was a different man. If you start reading the book; or I should say once you dive into the ocean of wisdom and knowledge, your life changes. Same as with the books. It not only inspires you or teaches you something, it also changes you as a human being. That is why it is rightly said;
“A Teacher, A Child, A Pen and A Book contains the power to change the world.”
The same way certain books have changed me and taught me some traits that I will never forget. One of the traits is ‘Gratitude’. I have a list of 10 books which taught me the real meaning of gratitude. I think everybody should read these 10 books too to learn the true essence of gratitude.
And before I go further, these books are not specific about gratitude but some of them are biography or novel or self help books where author has talked about his/ her experience with gratitude.
Here are top 10 Books that will teach you the real essence of Gratitude and change your perception.
1. Bhagavat Gita
"Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I give what they lack in life, and I protect what they have." - Shri Krishna
Bhagavat Gita is not just a spiritual book but and answer to all your questions and a true preature of gratitude.
2. Holy Bible
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” - Jesus Christ
The one who sacrifice knows the true meaning of gratitude. Holy Bible is a book containing the treasures of knowledge, compassion and gratitude.
3. Holy Quaran
“Our Lord commands us to never show ingratitude. As humans we often forget the blessings of our Lord, especially when we seem to be going through hard times. But the believer must strive to be grateful to Allah even when times are tough.” - Muhammad Paigambar
The one who strive to be grateful to god seeks divine blessing says quran about gratitude.
4. The Secret
“Gratitude shifts you to higher and higher frequency, and you will attract much better things”.
Try doing this in your life. Don’t complain and don’t ask for anything. Just be grateful to what you have and better things will start coming in your life. This book truly teaches you the unbelievable power of gratitude by ‘Law of Attraction’.
5. The Story of My Experiments with Truth: Mahatma Gandhi
“May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Work is worship and the outcome should be gratitude and not the material things. Mahatma Gandhi truly lived by his words and the same things he has portrayed in his book with his real life experience in South Africa, Britain and India.
6. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven - Sudha Murthy
“She says the secret to her positivity lies in the simplest of things: gratitude for each and every simple pleasure of life.” - Sudha Murthy
This book appeals to be grateful for simplest things in your life that you have never paid attention to because you got them without any efforts. Sudha Murthy’s layman style of writing makes the book heart touching and at the same time preaches you the lesson of gratitude.
7. Vitamin G: Gratitude - Prashant Jain
“Negativity wires our brain to look at everything in a negative light. Gratitude can help us unwire that and be positive.” - Prashant Jain
A book solely dedicated to gratitude and great things in life makes the book stand out in this list. Gratitude is the light of positivity that shows the direction to it’s seeker in the darkness of negativity.
8. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
““When we can do nothing else, we can still love, without expecting any reward or change or gratitude.” - Paulo Coelho
When we love someone or something we expect reward, change or at least recognition in return. Paulo Coelho says in his bestselling book; ‘The Alchemist’ that “Not expecting anything, not even gratefulness in love is also a way of grateful life.
9. What I Know For Sure - Oprah Winfrey
“Every morning when I open my curtains for that first look at the day, no matter what the day looks like—raining, foggy, overcast, sunny—my heart swells with gratitude. I get another chance.” - Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is a Gratitude Ambassador and practices gratitude in her daily life and she teaches to be gratitude in every condition of one’s life.
10. Who will Cry When You Will Die - Robin Sharma
“Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts Productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world.” - Robin Sharma
Robin Sharma being a motivational speaker and writer gives inspirational aspect towards gratitude in this book. This book teaches you how gratitude drives happiness and productivity and how it inspires the world by short stories.