Leah Dieterich set out to write daily thank-you notes—about anything. Her blog, and book, show off a life-changing mindset.
We live in a culture with far, far too much pessimism, cynicism, and dystopianism going around. It's easy to dismiss any inkling of positivity as self-serving Pollyannism, yet there's plenty of evidence that recognizing our simple blessings greatly increases our well-being. I'm certainly a believer.
I've been a longtime fan of Leah Dieterich's fantastic THXTHXTHX thank-you-note-a-day blog, and, this week, it's joining this running list of blog-turned-book success stories with the publication of the truly wonderful book of the same name, thxthxthx: Thank Goodness for Everything—a lovely compendium of everyday gratitude in the form of 200 of Dieterich's original handwritten thank-you notes on everything from clean sheets to empty bars to the "th" sound.
Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes vulnerable, and always profoundly human, the notes are a gentle, non-preachy reminder that, heck, we're incredible beings living in an incredible world and why oh why do we make such a tragic habit of forgetting that?
Far from merely being one of the most charming books to come by this year, thxthxthx is a timeless and much-needed reminder that happiness is a choice we actively make, not a divine courtesy bestowed upon us by some arbitrary higher power.
This post also appears on Brain Pickings.
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