Tiny Buddha Gratitude Journal: Review & Giveaway

Many of us are so consumed with our own hectic lives that we simply forget to be grateful. And sometimes we become so complacent that we take for granted what we have in our lives. However, becoming more aware and mindful of the good things and people in our lives is an important part of self-care. In fact, scientific studies about being grateful and expressing gratitude show how beneficial these can be, and that having gratitude can be essential for helping us cope with tough times.


How to capture the gratitude in your life? One of the most effective ways is to keep a gratitude journal. Once you fill it up, you can always refer to it when you need some self-care. A great journal to try is Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal by Lori Deschene, which has coloring pages as well as prompts and questions to get you acknowledging all of the wonderful things that you already have in your life.

Publisher HarperOne kindly sent me a copy of this book. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using this book. This post does contain affiliate links.

Overview of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal

gratitudeSimply out, this 168-page book is an interactive journal to help you creatively foster gratitude in your life. The book opens with a short introduction about gratitude, how it can benefit your life, and tips on using the journal effectively (hint: easy peasy!).

Each of the journal’s pages then provides a short question or prompt to get you thinking about what and who you are grateful for.  Examples:

  • gratitudeI appreciate that tomorrow I’ll get to….
  • Though I sometimes take it for granted, I am thankful for water because…
  • What is your favorite holiday, and what do you most enjoy and appreciate about it?

Sprinkled throughout are coloring pages illustrating the prompt or question along with a small space for written reflection. Other pages have ruled lines for you to jot down your response.



Designs

gratitudeEach of the coloring designs in this journal is related to the prompt for the page.  The line work is medium to bold, and although some illustrations do have small elements, I do consider them relatively easy to color.  All of the designs are lighthearted, and most have objects found in nature such as animals and plants.

Some of the designs do have accents and flourishes that add depth, but you can also add your own shading effects.

Construction

gratitudeI love how this compact (6″ x 8″) book was made. The cover is slightly flexible board stock that is sheathed in a wonderfully relaxing blue paper that is very smooth to the touch. The rounded corners add to the overall comforting effect. In fact, one Amazon reviewer described how I feel about it perfectly : “It’s soft and comforting, and makes me want to pick it up more often.” 

The paper is bright white, smooth and on the heavy side. Although the “wordy” pages are double-sided, each coloring page is blank on the reverse so you can use any medium when coloring.  However, if you use markers, alcohol-based or water-based, do put a slip of paper behind the page.  My Triplus Fineliners did spot through the paper, and my BIC MarkIts did bleed through, so you will want to protect the following page.

Therapeutic Value

gratitudeEven the smallest positive thing in your day can make you feel good.  But finding or noticing that one thing can be tough, especially in a day full of tasks, and sometimes disappointments.  By focusing on one page of this journal on those days, I really did feel a lift.  And I started the next day feeling one step ahead of the game as well. The gratitude I felt just fed upon itself. How therapeutic is that?!




My Verdict

Invest time in “an attitude of gratitude” each day with this journal and you will create a book to pull out again and again. The prompts are inspiring, and carefully thought out, and the pages to color will inspire you to color and draw in the rest of the book as well. I rate Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal a full 5★.

About Tiny Buddha

gratitudeFounded in 2009 by Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha is a leading online resource for discovering peace and happiness in your life, and for recognizing the beauty in the ordinary. Tiny Buddha has close to three million monthly online readers and a vibrant community forum.

How do you practice gratitude? Let us know in the comments section below.
The Giveaway!

The publisher of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal has kindly offered to send a copy of the book to one lucky person! Simply complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter below to get your entries in.  This giveaway starts today, July 8, 2017 and will close at midnight on July 17, 2017.  Open to anyone with a US mailing address.

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43 Comments on “Tiny Buddha Gratitude Journal: Review & Giveaway

  1. I’m grateful for my hubby — he’s a wonderful man!

  2. I am grateful for so much in my life. I have an amazing family and a beautiful home that I am grateful to have every day. My family makes life worth living, and I’m happy I can provide them a beautiful home.

  3. I’m grateful for my daughters. They gave me the strength to get out of an abusive marriage and my oldest 2 continue to give me strength to deal with the loss of my youngest. They are my everything and I am so grateful to them every moment of the day!

  4. I am thankful for my two sisters. Although we all live in different areas of the country we get together for a girl’s week twice a year to honor our departed parent’s birthdays. The next trip is to the Bahamas. Great times together!

  5. I am grateful for my best friend, Karen. She helped me stay in college, has helped me move countless times, helped me get out of an abusive relationship, and in general, has been there for all the difficult and good times. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her.

  6. I am so grateful for my dear husband. Meeting him and falling in love late in life reinforced my mantra that dreams really do come true. It was the theme at my wedding and I still say that now, 8 years later.

  7. I am grateful for my family and friends, for their love and support.

  8. I have so much to be thankful for. My entire family, my wonderful home, everyone that’s in my life, and my loving pets.

  9. I am grateful for each day I have without a lot of pain.

  10. I am most grateful for the people in my life, my family and friends.

  11. I am grateful for my Grandfather. He gave me a chance and I learned many things from him for the short time I lived with him. I didn’t have much to begin with other than the clothes on my back and my car. I was able to save money and spend a couple of months learning about his younger years all while he was teaching me how to get back on my feet. The lessons I learned I will take with me

  12. I’m grateful for my cat. She makes me laugh every day.

  13. I’m thankful for my boys. Well, men now. They keep me going!

  14. My husband, he saved me from the bad path I was going down and he is my best friend.

  15. I am grateful for my parents being there for me in every way. I’d be lost without them.

  16. I am grateful that my mom and dad are still living and they help me out all the time.

  17. I am grateful for my husband. He works extremely hard and is a great husband.

  18. I’m thankful for my family. I have a wonderful husband and my kids are always there when I need them

  19. I am grateful for my husband and daughters. My husband works hard and my daughters are nice girls that make me proud.

  20. I’m so grateful for my family my son with a heart transplant and my daughter who had Cancer at 7 they are still with us so happy for them in my life.

  21. I am grateful for my mother who taught me about volunteering by doing it all her life. Volunteering makes communities and projects doable.

  22. I know it sounds shallow and selfish, but today I am grateful for headphones. I need some “quite” time to myself and the easiest way to tune out the world is pull on my headphones and crank up the volume.

  23. I’m grateful for my boyfriend who has ptsd as I do he has his own issues but he is always there for me. Showing me different ways and things to help with my ptsd. I started coloring to heal from my daughter being murdered 7 years ago it helps when I’m afraid to be outside. I’m grateful to bring color into my dark world.

  24. Mi amour he let me take an early retirement, the next day I was riding my bike and sprained my ankle no I’m home attempting to hobble around. He is so patient and a good good man

  25. I am greatful for my parents still being alive. They are both in there late eighties. I now get to spend time with them, help them and make up for being the rotten kid I’m sure I was.

  26. What I am the most grateful for in my life are my two dogs Sabastian and Sammy because no matter how good or bad my day is going or if I’m stressed out when they come get in my lap and want to spend time together they remind me it’s the simple things in life that are important and that I am loved and needed

  27. I am grateful for my boyfriend why because he takes care of me and my son

  28. I am most grateful for my siblings, my brothers & sisters, and our parents that taught us to stick together.

  29. I am grateful for my 5 kids, that had kids of there own, which makes me a grandma and my oldest granddaughter has a daughter, which makes me a great-grandma! 5 generations of strong females!

  30. I am grateful for my hubby and my best friend. I have been through some rough patches this year and they have both stood by side and helped me through them with a always forward outlook.

  31. I am grateful for my wonderful hubby and son. They drive me crazy sometimes, and I do the same to them. But I would be lost without them. My favorite things in life are just spending time with them and being grateful for those moments!

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