- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432790552
- ISBN-13: 978-1432790554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude Paperback – June 8, 2012
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And I started reading, because I promised I would.
It's not what I expected at all. Lisa gave the story of Darren, the waiter. And how his excellent service let to her writing the owner of the restaurant. The story gets better, and...well...you'll have to read about it yourself.
This isn't like "I owe you one". Not at all. This is a real point-of-view about how you can benefit from seeing the opportunities in anything that comes your way.
How can you use that to your advantage? How will this benefit me in my next move?
There are real business reasons to think in this way.
And Lisa really straightened me out about saying "Don't worry about it. It was nothing" when someone says "Thank you". "Your welcome" is the right response.
And Lisa explains why, clearly...as someone like her would.
As I read about Lisa losing he job, I was pulling for her. When reading about her father, I teared up. Just a little..I'm a strong man after all.
Lisa sold me on the power of keeping a journal. She give the enormous benefits of volunteering. Real benefits that pay off physically.
She talks about how she met her husband, Scott. I met him once. A huge good looking guy. And kind, like the strongest people usually are. I teased Lisa and Scott about being the best looking couple at the event.
"Thank And Grow Rich"..I love it.
At the end of the book she talks a little about her speaking subjects. By now, I'm completely sold on the power of gratitude. And I can see why Lisa is in demand as a speaker.
This book is easy to read and is very well written. Lisa has a real gift for getting her ideas across, so you can see the benefits clearly.
All I can say is, after reading this book. Thank you Lisa. I want to express my gratitude....see? It's working.
A real treasure. I see why there is all the buzz about this book.
This book reminded me that just having good manners and saying "Thanks" isn't enough to be truly grateful. I also was reminded that when I do something for someone to say "Thank You" to me, I should say "You're Welcome" and not "No problem" or "It was nothing."
I consider myself to be a positive person, but there are times when it is hard to stay that way all day. Lisa Ryan did an excellent job reminding me that even that extra smile or waiting to hold the door open for someone is a little thing that could change the attitude of that other person's day, and also help to uplift my day, too. Smiles are contagious.
There are many personal experiences in the book for us to read, and also places where we can journal places of gratitude for our own progression with being grateful. I especially liked how the author told the story about her own journaling experience with fancy journals, and how she just uses binders with loose-leaf paper now.
The Upside of Down Times is a book that I am grateful to have read. I enjoy reading and am so appreciative and grateful to be a book reviewer. This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone to read - it might just be the pick-up you need to change your outlook on life and make those big changes for the better.
* Thank you to the author of The Upside of Down Times, Lisa Ryan, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
When I am in a good mood, I am surround myself with optimistic thought. I see myself and the world around me in a whole different light, and I am grateful for the life I have been given, and for the lives of those around me. But when my spirits are sitting low, I tend to dwell on the negatives, unable to focus on anything worthwhile to pump up my mood. These fluctuations are normal for most people; life is not always how we picture it. Fortunately, Lisa Ryan's The Upside of Down Times - Discovering the Power of Gratitude can help readers find the "silver linings" within their situations. In five chapters, Lisa describes how gratefulness can positively impact the major areas of life - in Self, Health, Others, and Wealth, (S.H.O.W. for short), as well as in business settings! Her ideas are easy-to-understand and implement in daily routines, and the results are quick, but long-lasting! Each chapter includes stories, examples, questions, exercises, quotes, research, tips and notes that help readers acknowledge the positives and focus on what they have, not on what they are lacking. Most people have a habit of seeking recognition, but not recognizing others as much as they should, and Ryan's methods take steps to fix that. I, for example, have started saying "thank-you" more often to the people who are there for me, and I get the appreciation I seek in return - an easy give-and-take. Overall, I enjoyed learning to share my gratitude and to be a more positive person, even when things don't go my way, and I recommend this book to anyone seeking the same outcome!
Rating: On the Run (4/5)
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.