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365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life | [John Kralik]

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his law firm was failing; he was struggling through a second divorce; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer. Then, during a walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
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One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams—including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge—seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal—come what may—of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous—for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way—from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.

©2010 John Kralik (P)2010 Hyperion

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    Denise 04-07-11
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    "Loved this book!"

    Even during the saddest parts of Mr. Kralik's story, I could not help but feel peaceful and happy at how this journey was unfolding. He inspired me to find at least one thing to express my gratitude over every day. Thank you, Mr. Kralik, for sharing your personal tale with the rest of the world. Having experienced such a personal low and finding a solution to it and sticking it out will make you a judge that will have empathy tempered with the justice handed down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rogena Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-09-12
    Rogena Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-09-12

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    "Great content, but hard to stay awake."
    What made the experience of listening to 365 Thank Yous the most enjoyable?

    I loved the content of this book, and I'm planning on using it to change my life. I have already begun to apply the principles and see new opportunities for joy in my life coming my way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 365 Thank Yous?

    The first thank you - to his son.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Would be helpful to have more animation in his voice. Sometimes I was lulled to sleep by the sort-of monotonous tone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Change Your Life AND the Lives of Others


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Wheaton, IL, United States 12-05-12
    Tracey Wheaton, IL, United States 12-05-12
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    "You Won't Be Disappointed!"

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    "Started Better than It Ended"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. The expression of gratitude seems to be a dying art. This book addresses that problem.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Since it is non-fiction, it's hard to say I would change the story. However, it ended kind of flat for me.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did a fairly good job for an amateur. But he should stick with his day job, or only narrate books that he writes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps.


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    Eliana A. Falk 07-09-12

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    "Gentle yet strong wake-up call"
    If you could sum up 365 Thank Yous in three words, what would they be?

    This book is a personal, heartfelt, yet universal message of healing hearts and relationships


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's remarkable journey is inspiring, and his reading truly personal


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moving moments, but those in which the author experiences his awaking through his young daughter and adult sons were among the most poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    The author reminds us of the the value, and neccessity, of talking risks in ordr to grow.

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    Donna Cooley 07-03-12
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    "Excellent Read indeed."
    What did you love best about 365 Thank Yous?

    The fact that there are so many events to be grateful for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 365 Thank Yous?

    The fact that the writer recognized gratitude and was able to express those feelings.


    Did John Kralik do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, was hard to follow his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for bringing to my mind the so many different ways, events and people that I am grateful for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 03-15-12
    Laura United States 03-15-12
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    "Inspiring Story, Well Read by the Author"

    This is an inspiring story of redemption that is enhanced by the emotion that is evident in the author's voice as he reads his own work. Although I can see how some might compare it to "How Starbucks Saved My Life," there's none of the self-serving name dropping and thinly veiled bragging that permeates "Starbucks," just a humble tale of a man who turns his life around by shifting his focus outward. If I had been a recipient of one of his thank-yous, it would not have bothered me that the note was the product of his project (as another commenter said) because it was clear that each of the 365 notes expressed sincere gratitude.

    I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    valihugs Mesa, AZ USA 06-03-11
    valihugs Mesa, AZ USA 06-03-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Uplifting"

    The author told and delivered a wonderful story, with just the right mix of letters and story. I'll keep this one on the list for any time my life seems overwhelming.

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    Kara Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States 04-28-11
    Kara Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank you for a reminder"

    I was excited to listen to this book, mainly because of the topic of gratitude and for the most part that message came through. However, I have to say I found the author's ramblings about the bad parts of his life a bit self serving at times,especially when followed up with the fact he was an attorney and he was divorced and lived in a bad apartment etc, etc. Sometimes I didn't want to hear about his "situation" and felt like the book didn't need it to make the point. The power of the thank you was enough to fill the pages, the stories of his friends that overcame and one's courage even as he succumbed to cancer were powerful and made the book a strong message that I will carry and in the end made it a good read. I appreciated what the author did to thank people for being thoughtful, nice, aware, and even just present. That made the book memorable in my mind and actually one of my favorite parts is at the end when he lists all of those people. Thank YOU!!!!!

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