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May Cause Happiness

A Gratitude Journal
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640578
In stock now: 16

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Through his books, the viral website gratefulness.org, and his appearances, David Steindl-Rast has shared the blessings of the thankful heart with millions. With this uncommon journal, he invites us to find greater depth and joy amid our daily challenges and burdens.

These visually inspiring pages invite us to spark our own thankfulness when feeling weary or numb, transform our dismissible moments into fresh delights, dance with both the light and dark we encounter, and merge with the stream of the natural world. It is an invitation to experience the joys of gratitude each day through contemplative writing, drawing, and reflection—there is plenty of room, among Brother David’s gems, to write or draw as you wish, making this journal deeply your own.

Most people’s glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges. How much of the splendor of life is wasted on us because we plod along half-blind, half-deaf, with all our senses throttled and numbed by habituation. How much joy is lost on us! How many surprises we miss! It is as though Easter eggs had been hidden under every bush, and we were too lazy to look for them. But it need not be so. We can deliberately pay attention each day to one smell, one sound that we never appreciated before, to one color or shape, one texture, one taste to which we never before paid attention.

“The mystic is not a special kind of human being,” writes Brother David, rather, “every human being is a special kind of mystic.” No matter how ordinary we might feel, May Cause Happiness is sure to do just that, as it opens portals to the extraordinary within and all around us to be revisited again and again.

Brother David’s TED Talk “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful” has been viewed by over 1.5 million and inspired the creation of this book.