Review: The Best of No Small Thing

The Best of No Small Thing & Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life


by Deborah Hawkins

The Best of No Small Thing
No Small Thing – Mindful Meditations ( was launched in 2010 with the intention of reflecting on experiences that generated feelings of gratitude in order to create a positive mood and orientation to life. As of fall of 2019, over 500 reflections (mindful meditations) have been published along with over 100 tips that can be employed in a gratitude practice.
This mindfulness process is detailed in a companion book, Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life. It emphasizes the creation of personal gratitude themes, one’s Grateful Dozen, which can help a person see things that spark grateful feelings in new situations. This is a collection of favorite blog posts that came out of this process.

Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life
For several decades, studies have supported the idea that gratitude has many positive benefits. It boosts optimism, a sense of personal control, and even enhances relationships. Keeping a simple gratitude journal, where daily entries are made identifying things that spark gratitude, has become a very popular. Deborah Hawkins, originator of, goes beyond listing little boons to generate good feelings. In this book, she teaches techniques for mindfulness, self-inquiry, and writing to build memories that activate strong positive emotions. This guide and workbook helps readers understand what kinds of personal experiences prompt uplifting feelings of gratitude in them, develop broad themes that apply to these experiences, and then use these themes to see and experience gratitude in new situations. This approach can empower anyone to begin each new day with confidence that things they love and value are already present. A companion book, Best of No Small Thing – Mindful Meditations provides examples of posts that were written using this process.



4 out of 5

Best of No Small Thing is not what I expected (in a good way). I have to admit, I was intrigued by the idea of a series of blog posts compiled into a book. I wasn’t sure what it would end up like, or if I would like it. So I approached this with more than a little caution. I was worried it would feel a bit disjointed, and more like a random collection of articles than a coherent book, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t the case at all. It’s more of a peek into Hawkins’s life, and the journey to finding peace. It’s relatable and more like having a conversation than being talked at. I really do recommend it!

Practice Gratitude is a great journal. Although you don’t need to get The Best of No Small Thing to go with this, I highly recommend it, as it will allow you to go even further in depth on your gratitude journey to inner peace. There are spaces to answer questions, inspirational quotes, and intros to each section. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for the peace and confidence that comes from deep within.


Best of No Small Thing on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Practice Gratitude on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Returning to her hometown in 2008, after nearly one year spent, unsuccessfully, trying to create a new career in a new town, Deborah Hawkins found herself fighting depression and struggling to maintain solvency. In her early fifties, looking for financial help from her family was especially hard. A car accident, caused by an uninsured driver, kept her off her feet for months. She felt cursed.
She began blogging on gratitude in 2010 as a way to focus on positives and elevate her mood. Inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s words, “Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance,” she developed a mindfulness orientation for her own gratitude practice. This practice led her to post weekly over the last decade; around 500 posts.
Beyond traditional gratitude journals and lists, Deborah’s approach focuses on understanding things that sparked gratitude in past experiences and using this understanding to identify similar qualities in new situations. She attributes her gratitude practice with bringing a sense of empowerment and contentment to her life.
She plans to make her process available as a tele-seminar in the near future. Deborah has a BA from Knox College and lives in Chicago.

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