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Heather’s Gratitude Picks

To learn or be inspired, we often turn to books. So, we turned to longtime UM supporter Heather Reisman [LLD/16] to explore gratitude. This chief booklover and CEO of Indigo Books & Music shared her top gratitude-themed reads through her popular “Heather’s Picks.”

Reisman, along with husband and entrepreneur Gerald Schwartz [BComm/62, LLB/66, LLD/16 ], are known nationwide for their philanthropy as much as for their business success. At UM, they’ve given to medical research and international exchanges, and created the Schwartz/Reisman Scholars Program for business and law students who demonstrate community involvement, leadership and academic excellence

The Grateful BookWhen Breath Becomes AirThe Happiness Project

The Grateful Book

By Angela Kohler

Charming illustrations and simple text in this kids’ book teach us to view the world through the lens of gratitude. The story inspires discussions between parent and child.

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi

An unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death, and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

The Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

The engaging, relatable result of the author’s 12-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Among her explorations: how keeping a gratitude journal can boost one’s spirits and health.

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