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About the Author

Deborah Norville is the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s longest running, top-rated syndicated newsmagazine with five million viewers. The two-time Emmy-Award winner and lecturer is also a New York Times best-selling author. She and her husband have three children.

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Though overcoming the book's feel-good title is a tall order, Deborah Norville's empowering writing and straight-ahead reading make this audio a serious resource for anyone who has issues with negativity. Her research summaries and moving case narratives are paced for easy comprehension, and together they make the argument that gratitude and positive feelings are a cause, rather than a result, of the good life. The studies, mainly from the field of positive psychology, show how saying thanks improves thinking, emotional functioning, health, relationships, and resistance to stress--all by focusing on our blessings rather than on what's missing or wrong in our lives. Suggestions for cultivating thankfulness give the audio an activist tone that will appeal to people at all stages of personal growth. T.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078522193X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785221937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Norville is a veteran broadcast journalist with nearly three decades reporting experience. The anchor of the nation's top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, she is credited with bringing new strength and respect to the program. Inside Edition is regularly seen by roughly five million daily viewers nationwide, as well as 30 foreign countries.

Norville brings curiosity and energy to her work. She made national headlines and received awards for her gripping reporting from inside the Davidson County, NC jail, reputed to be the nation's toughest. There Norville lived behind bars, treated like any other inmate to give viewers a rare glimpse at what jail life is really like. Her eye opening reports underscored how little 'rehabilitation' truly goes on.

She stepped behind a microphone to give viewers the inside story on the music business. Writing and recording a pop song and later shooting the music video to go with it. She has taken her viewers in an F-16 over the destruction of the World Trade Towers in 2001 and brought them to the crash site in Colombia where only four people survived the horrific crash of an American Airlines jet. Norville also conducted the first interview with Paula Jones after her lengthy legal battle with President Bill Clinton.

Deborah Norville is also an accomplished author. Her first book, Back on Track: How To Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You A Curve (Simon & Schuster, 1997), a motivational self-help book which draws upon her experiences at NBC's Today Show. I Don't Want To Sleep Tonight (1999, Golden Books) offers children and their parents suggestions to keep scary dreams away at night. It became one of Golden Books strongest sellers. I Can Fly (2001, Golden Books) followed with advice on building children's self esteem.

Norville is a sought after lecturer, speaking on current events, work/family balance and motivation. Her website offers advice for busy moms (including menus and shopping lists), homework tips, and observations of the world around us. She and her husband, Karl Wellner, have three children.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne S. on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received an advanced copy of this book after meeting Deborah Norville at a book signing at a book expo in New York City this Summer, and I read it in one sitting (with notes!?!). I couldn't put it down! She is as dynamic of a writer as she is in person (and on TV) - she was very warm and gracious, and after reading her book, it is clear that she practices what she preaches. Her book is a seamless compilation of stories from her own life (one of my favorites is the one about the 'airport cat'), other people with incredibly interesting research sprinkled throughout supporting how being gracious and the power of thankfulness can truly impact your life in a positive way. It was a fantastic read that I recommend to everyone. Enjoy!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By redbrad0 on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading this book because of the positive things it stirred up inside of me. The stories were inspiring but more importantly I recognized what I was missing on those days I wasn't so grateful. Thanks Ms. Norville for reminding us of not only the importance but the incredible benefits of saying thank you. I see more clearly now how it's really up to me to participate in making my own day a great one and how easily I can also help make someone else's! I wish everyone would read this book. Can you imagine how much nicer our world would be?
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While you won't find any earth-shattering revelations in this book, Deborah Norville does a great job of reminding us of the power -- and importance -- of gratitude in our lives. She has an easy-to-read style and some great reminders, but overall, the book is a bit light on the examples (and some of those she uses don't really seem to apply to the point she's trying to make). I think this book could have been a 2000-word magazine article instead of a whole book.

All the same, gratitude is important and overlooked, and I appreciate the reminder!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Denise Imwold on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
One rainy day last week I wandered into a bargain bookstore and picked up Thank You Power by Deborah Norville. Initially I was put off by the airbrushed photo of the author, plastic-pretty dressed in corporate-glam attire (one should always be wary of a book cover that's dominated by the author's picture, unless it's a biography). But because I was feeling a bit flat, and the book was drastically reduced, I decided to put aside my preconceived ideas and purchase it. The cultivation of gratitude has long been a part of my spiritual practice, so I hoped a book on the science of thankfulness would lift me out of my slump.

As I progressed through the chapters, I was pleasantly surprised. The book is well structured, with quotes from notables such as Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and James M. Barrie. There are practical exercises including a Thank You Power checklist, a Gratitude Questionnaire, and pithy sayings--for example, "find a blessing in something bad".

Overall, I was enjoying the book and would probably have given it three or even four stars until I got to Chapter Six, ironically entitled "Stop Staring in the Mirror--Look Out the Window Instead". The chapter opens with the question: "Want to feel good about yourself? Do something for someone else." Nothing wrong with that. But then Deborah goes on to relate an episode from her life when she gave a lecture at the Dayton Junior League: "Those Junior League ladies were dressed to a tee: great makeup and hair, pretty spring suits, and some fancy looking footwear...The ladies laughed about how badly their feet hurt, but we all agreed: at times you have to suffer for beauty. Each of us might be enduring pain, but we felt like a million bucks wearing such cool shoes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendy VINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
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I am a self-help publication junkie, so the description of this book interested me. I thought it would be right up my alley. Listening to the first CD of the 4-CD set, I enjoyed some of the content but didn't like Deborah's narration. I wanted to like it because she seems very personable on TV. Her style of vocal delivery is well suited for "Inside Edition" TV news magazine articles, but doesn't go with the touchy feely topic of gratitude and giving thanks for all that comes your way. In my mind, this material should be delivered with a gentler, more spiritual tone.

I have loved listening to gratitude authors such as Sarah Bon Breathnach ("Simple Abundance") and Thich Nhat Hanh ("The Art of Mindful Living"). They offer inspiration and set a calm and comfortable mood with their spoken word. Their audio books are like curling up in a warm blanket by a fire -- very comforting. I have so much stress in my life that I need this kind of quiet, thoughtful time to relax.

Listening to Deborah's book was not this type of experience for me. Her content is very "newsy" and overtly built upon the premise of her conclusions being scientific. As a student of psychology, I had this drummed into my mind during college: Correlation is not Causation. This means that just because two factors appear at the same time on a consistent basis, it is important to remember that one does not necessarily cause the other. For example, if the phone ring every time I'm in the shower, it doesn't mean that my going into the shower causes the phone to ring. I felt very skeptical about the studies that Deborah describes and wants us to accept as solid fact. Just because people who express gratitude seem to be healthier does not mean that if I start being more grateful, I will become healthier.
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