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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GRATITUDE — NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

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We’re pleased to announce that the Encyclopedia of Gratitude is now available on Amazon!

The Encyclopedia of Gratitude is a wide-ranging compendium of things to be grateful for—and it may just change the way you experience everyday life. Packed with entries from E.O. Stonestreet and readers around the world, this emotional reference makes a great gift for yourself or for someone you love.

SPACE, AS A REMINDER

From the moment we traveled to space and looked back on this big blue ball, we changed. It was like looking in the mirror for the first time. 

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In science fiction, space is filled with planets ready for us to beam down onto and enjoy. These stories let us explore what it means to be human. In reality, as we peer deeper and deeper into space, we are reminded how spectacular and rare Earth really is. That observation alone is a lesson in gratitude for what we have.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.   —Neil Armstrong

YOUR LONG OVERDUE VACATION

Scientific studies prove that you need a two week vacation (one week is not enough, and more than two weeks isn’t strictly necessary). When that long overdue vacation rolls around, you feel grateful before, during, and after. 

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You return to your regular life a better person. Better able to handle everyday stress. More productive at work. Funnier. A better lover. Okay, that last part is made up, but you know it’s true.

HOSTELS

It ain’t the Marriott, and thank goodness for that. Young people from all over the world get to travel on the cheap and befriend kindred spirits.

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If only all international relations were made this easy. Without the dubious bedding and moldy coin-op showers.

RAIN

SUBMITTED TO THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GRATITUDE BY
STEFANIE NAGORKA

It’s been raining here in New Jersey for over a week now. Everything feels damp and swollen. Even the dollar bills in my wallet are limp. I was getting very tired of the rain, and then it began to peter off and hope sprung up for a sunny day.

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But the rain has started up again tonight with a vengeance. Heavy hard rain beating on the tops of garbage cans is announcing itself loudly. This rain is talking to me, convincing me that it is good, that I should be grateful for it. So I’m now practicing feeling grateful for the rain, embracing the rain and loving it. I’m thinking about the way the rain nourishes the earth and washes away the old. I am grateful for the rain—and soon, I might be grateful for an ark.