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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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  • Rogena
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 04-09-12

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

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Thank you so much for writing this.

I just recently spoke at a women's brunch regarding the power of gratitude. I stumbled upon this book as a part of my research. In my research, I discovered that there is a science associated with the benefits of gratitude. I did not finish reading this book until after my event. I am so inspired to do just the same thing that the book models. What an AWESOME idea! I have so much to be grateful for and so many people to whom I need to express my gratitude. This has catapulted me into doing just that. Thank you, Mr. Kralik!

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interesting to boring

the book starts out with some interesting insights but soon's become very monotonous I had to stop a quarter of the way through. the author reads extremely slowly.

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Life Enhancing

I'm so glad I read this book. I have a more positive attitude after just reading this book. I tend to verbalize my gratitude more than writing notes. I now plan to include a few thank you notes. They are more permanent so could be reread over the years. I would recommend this book to anyone, and would suggest writing notes. Expressing gratitude to others can only enhance one's life. And also the lives of others.

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Thank you for a truly inspiring story

What did you love best about 365 Thank Yous?

I like the fact that this book starts with a hopeless story and ends with inspiration.

What other book might you compare 365 Thank Yous to and why?

I've read many rags to riches stories, this is one of the best ones

What about John Kralik’s performance did you like?

The fact that he talked in his own humble voice.

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

Yes, when he actually put his calling into practice. You could see his life turn around

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Loved this book

Great story, was engaged and inspired right away. What I love the most is how many moments you revisit in your own life that you are thankful for. Thankful for the people that made that moment one you are still impacted by.

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Enjoyed this book

Enjoyed sharing the journey - a lot of lessons in here for anyone. I won't be sending cards but will be more mindful to give more thank yous.

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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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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<br/><br/>

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.