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Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 2, 2007
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
All the same, gratitude is important and overlooked, and I appreciate the reminder!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the Introduction the author tells of her personal experiment in gratitude and how in every thing we should give thanks.
Chapter 1 – “The Power of Thank You”. Read more
I LOVED this book! Deborah Norville is very wise and has a lot of insight. It is well worth reading the book!Published 20 months ago by Andrea G.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for ways to improve their life. Thank You Power has brought a new perspective on my life that will help anyone; I believe, out of the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jason Frizzell
Thank You Power is a well written reminder of what most people learn early in life - that life works better with an attitude of gratitude.Published on April 6, 2014 by Melba F. Groves
Learn to be content with who and where you are, then you're life will progress to next great place. The world is full of angry, unhappy people, because they refuse to be grateful... Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by P. Peterson