Book Review: The Gratitude Explorer Workbook

Book Cover: The Gratitude Explorer Workbook by Kristi Nelson

The Gratitude Explorer Workbook: Guided Practices, Meditations, and Reflections is by Kristi Nelson, the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, a non-profit organization. It has lots of journalling prompts and plenty of writing space. It’s visually lovely with a watercolour theme, and there are quotes interspersed throughout. At the end of the book, there are also stickers(!!!), bookmarks, postcards, and conversation starter prompts.

The book is divided into 3 parts, the first of which focuses on becoming present. It includes acknowledging and making room for emotions, loving your quirks, and celebrating being both broken and whole.

Part 2 is about seeking perspective. It suggests giving yourself credit and finding ways to reframe obligations as opportunities and envy as inspiration.

Part 3 explores awakening possibility. There are quite a few exercises focused on living from your values. This part also looks at ways to be a citizen rather than a consumer and taking a stand for what matters.

I’m not into over-the-top positivity, but this book was realistic about it. It will help you tap into what’s good in your life without trying to convince you that everything is completely wonderful. I quite liked the approach, including the emphasis on accepting yourself as you are. Plus it’s pretty and it has stickers, so how can you go wrong? This is a fabulous little book.

The Gratitude Explorer Workbook is available on Amazon (affiliate link).

I received a reviewer copy from the publisher through Netgalley.

You can find my other reviews on the MH@H book review index or on Goodreads.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Gratitude Explorer Workbook”

    1. Huh, I think they might’ve changed the release date a few times. I remember when I first got a copy it was January, then it shifted to end of November so I scheduled it for this week, and now it’s Dec. 21 in the US.

  1. You had me at stickers!

    I think it’s a good idea in theory because it gets the reader engaged, actually thinking about the prompts in relation to themselves and their lives, and it’s more likely that effective change or reflection will happen that way. xx

  2. We read that frontline health workers with covid burnout and trauma were advised to start gratitude journals. And the reporting treated that as a joke, the epitome of grossly inadequate. We thought it could be an effective tool among many

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