Book suggestions, reflection questions, and links to projects from The Big-Hearted Families™ Program of DoingGoodTogether.org

Stories to Inspire Gratitude

Be more mindful of your treasures with this growing book list.

Expressing gratitude, even out of obligation, helps us clearly see the abundance of love, of comforts, and of freedoms that surround us. Research shows that people who regularly express gratitude are happier and healthier than their counterparts, regardless of measurable wealth.

Conversation Starters for Families

  • Why is it so easy to forget the many things we are grateful for when we discover something new that we desperately want?
  • How can we remind ourselves to be satisfied with the good things already in our lives?
  • What if we woke up tomorrow and only had the things we expressed gratitude for today?
  • What is the difference between what you need and what you want?
  • Is it wrong to want something more when you have so much?
  • What would you do with a money tree if one appeared on your doorstep?

Visit our Gratitude Pinterest Board to explore more ideas about gratitude.

Looking for a chapter book? Check out Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, a fairy tale with an imaginative lesson in gratitude.

1. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (Pfeifer-Hamilton)

A talented seamstress makes beautiful quilts for the poor and the homeless When the king who has everything decides he must have one of her creations, she tells him he must give away everything; then she will give him a quilt. In the process of shedding his many possessions, the king finds true happiness. No summary can do justice to the mesmerizing, fairy-tale quality of this beautiful tale.

2. The Table Where Rich People Sit by Bryd Baylor (Aladdin Picture Books)

A young girl learns from her family that being rich is not just about material wealth.

3. Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern (Sandpiper Books)

Gratitude versus “I want more” is simply a matter of perspective. This exceptionally simple story makes that clear. When the old man searching for silence is told to bring home a variety of barnyard animals, even the youngest child can see the folly in his quest

4. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Follow the greedy triangle to learn how wanting more and more and more can change your life in ways you might never expect. And reinforce those basic geometry skills along the way.

5. The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart (Live Oak Media)

Miss McGillicuddy’s simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.

The Money Tree is the featured title of our Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club for July 2016. Subscribe to receive the book, conversation starters, and a kindness activity on your doorstep!

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