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Gratitude Day and 50 Ways

I did a bunch of thinking in my sort-of writing-hiatus recently. I pondered how I want to spend my time and what kinds of things I want to write. And I spent a lot of time thinking about my place in this World of Blogs and what I want that to look like.

As a result of all that thinking, I’m scaling back the sponsored and promo-y stuff I’m covering on this blog because (a) I want to actually write more and (b) I’d like to focus on things that matter.

Having said that, I want to tell you about something I’ve been lucky enough to get an early look at, because it’s the kind of thing I love and I think stuff like this matters.

By way of introduction: Remember the hope notes I left in a library book? I love the idea of someone finding them and pausing for a moment. “Your dreams are worth pursuing,” they would read, and maybe trust that it was true.

Whether it’s a note left for a stranger or for someone you know, spreading love and gratitude is a beautiful thing. That’s the idea behind a new book called 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome by Alexandra Franzen.


The book is full of personality. See?




Each of these (and 47 others) is a tear-out page with some more stuff and a place to write on the back. Some of them are sweet. Others are funny, sassy, or punny.

I love it.

I’m going to use each one. I’ll put them on desks for colleagues and in the mail to friends. I’ll stick them on mirrors and under windshield wipers. I’ll leave them somewhere for people to find and smile thinking of the moment of discovery.

Isn’t that just so good?

Speaking of good, to celebrate World Gratitude Day on September 21 (tomorrow!), author Alexandra Franzen is sponsoring a pretty awesome giveaway. If you share your story about a creative way you said “thank you,” you’ll be entered to win a $500 donation to your favourite charity. You can find details on her website.

Plus, if you share an ecard through the Sourcebooks Pinterest app you could win another $100 donation to your favourite charity, plus 10 copies of the book to give to anyone who makes your life a little more awesome.

Lots of good here, people.

Intrigued by this book? Of course you are. You should get one.*

If you want one of these books and want to test your karma before buying one, you can enter to win one below.

Just promise me one thing: You will embrace gratitude and spread a little bit of love today.

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  1. I absolutely love the idea of leaving a note for someone to find and be surprised by. I’d slip them into gifts or books for friends and family.

  2. Love these, especially the sassy ones. (;

  3. This is such a great thing. Everybody could use a little encouragement. And it doesn’t cost anything.

  4. This is absolutely awesome. I would totally do this to the library books I return. Just because.

  5. This is right up my alley and exactly the positivity I need in my life right now between my own depression issues and the withdrawal stuff. Making others feel good also makes ME feel good. I love this!

  6. I would definitely put this book to good use!

  7. I love these! What an awesome way to make someone’s day brighter!

  8. Those are so cute! I love them.

  9. What a truly wonderful book, and a truly good, awesome giveaway, Robin.

  10. I would leave notes for people in random places, because I think that idea is just awesome.

  11. The littlest of things when you’re about ready to dive off of a cliff can really make a difference in someone’s day. I remember a Starbucks Barrista listening to me moan about how shit the day was and when she passed me my latte, she wrote “It’ll get better” and a smiley face…perfect stranger…
    I’d love to do this.

  12. I would read it to improve my productivity

  13. Jennifer L. says:

    I’ll use these to inspire me each day to write out all the things I’m grateful for.

  14. Amanda Hendricks-Selby says:

    I’d give them to many people.
    Put some on the fridge for my husband, on some of my co-workers lockers, my moms visor in her car, etc

  15. I would totally use these for my youngest son, who is the last one left home and he feels rather neglected!

  16. I love this idea. I would love to leave them in public places for people to find or at work for my coworkers. So great!

  17. This is adorable. I would hand these out to people in need of encouragement :)

  18. Penelope Merriweather says:

    I’m thinking I would use this inside my Christmas Cards to my family and friends..!

  19. Wanda Bergman says:

    I would use the book to surprise some of my best friends. This would be fun!

  20. Wanda Bergman says:

    I love to say thank you by secretly slipping a treat into a friend’s mailbox. A treat like a coupon for free coffee, etc.

  21. zahra premji says:

    To inspire my close friends and family when I feel they need it

  22. Amanda Matthews says:

    I would use this book as a reminder to show gratitude in everyday life.