Do we really need another book on gratitude and why someone is thankful for things, memories, self-discovery or happiness? Todd Aaron Jensen says we do, and I’m actually inclined to agree with him.
Jensen, who grew up and still lives in Burbank, is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide. “On Gratitude,” which just hit stores Sept. 21, is his first full-length book. Well, its actual title is “On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They’re Most Thankful For,” but my editor only allows me so many words.
“On Gratitude” is a collection of surprisingly fun interviews between Jensen and Crow, Bridges, Keys, etc., focusing on the things that they are most thankful for in their lives. And it isn’t all fame, fortune and glory, either. Actress Kristen Bell, whose interview opens the book, is thankful for Stephen Sondheim and her time spent volunteering in Brazil. Bestselling author Dean Koontz is thankful for his wife and his dogs. NBA star Yao Ming is thankful for his teammates and World of Warcraft. The book contains a highly mixed bag of responses.