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The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life Paperback – August 16, 2016
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Praise for The Gratitude Diaries
"Uplifting and entertaining, this book is sure to give readers a more positive perspective.”
“If you liked Sheryl Sanberg’s Lean In… read Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries.”
“Kaplan's plan to be more grateful is approachable for anyone. Her conversational tone is encouraging, like talking to a good friend who's having a great day and wants to share it with you… Simple, effective procedures that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest lifestyle.”
“Kaplan’s study is insightful and loaded with compelling research and solid techniques for positive thinking, and her own example provides the most convincing testament to her ideas.”
-- Publishers Weekly
“The subtitle says it all: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life. Kaplan interweaves anecdotes from her year of living gratefully with interviews with doctors, psychologists, philosophers, artists and A-list actors, teaching you that working at being happy pays off.”
-- American Way
“A heartfelt, thoughtful, and entertaining read on how we can bring more gratitude into our lives. It’s like The Happiness Project meets Thanksgiving—a guided tour through the science and experience of appreciation.”
-Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
“Janice Kaplan has written a warm, inspiring, wonderful book, showing each of us how gratitude and focusing on our blessings can transform our lives.”
–Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House
"Can there really be such a thing as a hardheaded woman's practical guide to living in gratitude? There can and there is. After reading about Janice Kaplan's transformative year, I'm here to say I believe it!”
-Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Deep End of The Ocean
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Janice Kaplan has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist. The former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine, she is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller I’ll See You Again. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut.
From the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
I have personally kept a gratitude journal for several years and found it made a positive impact on my life, so comparing the author’s experience to my own was extremely interesting. Writing down three things that went well during each day—that you are thankful for—does shift the mindset as Ms. Kaplan discusses here. She sums up the reason for this very succinctly and more clearly than in any book on positive psychology I have read—the brain gets good at what it does repetitively. If you ask it to focus on good experiences every day, eventually it will do it automatically. And your thoughts will lift your mood.
She mentions the negative things other people say striking her differently now, and about the impulse to preach the gratitude message to her friends. There is a point where complaints that you might once have voiced yourself seem…well, alien. And you feel people are hurting themselves by dwelling on this stuff when they could be focusing on the happier aspects of their lives. This was very interesting to me—reflected my own experience.
One minor point—I do my gratitude journaling in the morning rather than at night as recommended here. I find it sets a positive mindset for the day in a way that journaling at night does not.
A strength of the book is the clear writing which is free of jargon. A good balance was struck between discussion of the author’s own experiences and her research on what psychological studies and the field of philosophy have to tell us about gratitude. I have a particular interest in both positive psychology and the ancient philosophy of Stoicism so I enjoyed this part of the book very much. But if you are new to these concepts I would particularly recommend you read this book. It would make a great introduction to the subject of gratitude.
As a Sunday School 4 week
Study. The book is not religious or Biblically based but the connection to the Teachings in the Bible is quickly evident !! Still working on The No Complaint Zone! That is a tough one. BUT worthy to strive for.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs a lift!
I enjoyed her story and experiencing her journey in this terrific read. Thank you, Janice!
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