In this inspiring memoir backed by pioneering research, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and gains a fresh outlook that transforms her marriage, family life, work, health, and everyday experience.
On New Year's Eve, journalist and former Parade editor-in-chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings listeners on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.
Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life, including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness. She learns how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people, including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children's happiness.
With warmth, humor, and appealing insight, Janice's journey will empower listeners to think positively and start living their own best years ever.
©2015 Janice Kaplan (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Apply her strategy and you will see and feel a difference. Write daily in your own gratitude. Relate and organize
Great book of ideas and perspectives about the power, beauty and elasting effect of grattitude.
This is a very uplifting and well written book about gratitude and the affect a positive outlook can have on life. The only things that I disliked was that she seems to have created a religion out of the practice. Also, it feels like things have been overly romanticized in some cases and the word gratitude (and it's variants) feels forced into odd places at times.
An unfortunately superficial treatment of a profound topic. Her talk of her vacation home, trips to Europe, and large bank accounts made it unrelatable. I would have liked a little more grit and acknowledgement that it isn't always so easy to look on the bright side.
if you know that you need a fresh perspective on your life, learning how to be grateful is a good place to begin. the narrator takes you through her year of self exploration on leading a more grateful existence, with some worthwhile nuggets in each chapter.
Janice Kaplan is a wonderful author and narrator. She shared many of her personal experiences, which made the book seem very personable. I'd like to thank her, this book is helping me be more grateful for the things I have. I am working on my own gratitude diary. J.J.
Listening to this book in bits and pieces put a smile on my face every short car ride. It is a great compilation of science, pop culture, and day to day life presented to convince one to enhance life by recognizing and practicing gratitude. It relevant to so many parts of life that I end up talking about it during all kinds of conversations with many different people.
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