In this memoir, John Kralik tells the story, beginning with the horrible depths of depression of his most horrible year, of how he turned things arounIn this memoir, John Kralik tells the story, beginning with the horrible depths of depression of his most horrible year, of how he turned things around with one simple goal: to write one thank-you note a day for 365 days. It is a potent story about the power of gratitude, and it is well-told, well-written, and very inspiring.
I've had this book on my to-read list for many years. Some years ago, I remember suggesting it for a reading group and having one of the members tell me that we shouldn't read it because the author was whiny and self-indulgent. My own experience with this memoir was anything but that. I love memoirs where people are brave enough to expose both the good parts and the bad parts of themselves. Kralik does that without worrying about whether some people won't understand and will interpret his early griping and and self-pity as indulgent. He's just plain honest. And he narrates his story from an up-beat and objective viewpoint. Oh, and he's a lawyer and a multi-time divorcé. So his was a very interesting perspective to hear this story of gratitude from.
I will definitely be reading this book again in the future and likely passing it on to others to read as well....more
The Laws of Attraction, like The Secret, explores the how-to's of self-actualization. Put simply: what you think is what you get. This book skips a loThe Laws of Attraction, like The Secret, explores the how-to's of self-actualization. Put simply: what you think is what you get. This book skips a lot of the philosophical, historical, and general explanatory stuff that bogs down many other books on the subject and skips right to the heart of the matter: how to do it. Full of actionable tips and exercises, Laws definitely provides the fast track to getting the law of attraction to work for you. I particularly liked the tip about not focusing on the negative when you begin to attract things that are partially what you wanted but still don't quite fit the bill. It's so easy to go off track at this point, but Losier's insights definitely help one stay the course....more
The Power continues Rhonda Byrne's explorations of the secret in her first book of that name, The Secret, which explores the laws of attraction. We atThe Power continues Rhonda Byrne's explorations of the secret in her first book of that name, The Secret, which explores the laws of attraction. We attract both the good and the bad things that come into our lives. Both The Secret and The Power give the reader the knowledge and tools needed to begin to control that power by controlling our thoughts and, therefore, what we attract to ourselves.
While the first book gives a general overview of the laws of attraction and then some useful advice on how to think more positively and create positive affirmations for change, this second book focuses more on the powers of gratitude and love to attract good things. Although The Power doesn't offer anything incredibly new, only the same thing talked about with a slightly different emphasis, there is an intrinsic value in reading it just in the positive mindset it can generate within you as you read. I found that I wanted to ration it out, instead of consuming it in one big rush, because almost every time I finished reading (listening, in my case) I was practically buzzing with love and joy....more
I guess I was expecting something written by a sociologist/inter-communications specialist, with data points and practical advice based on scientificaI guess I was expecting something written by a sociologist/inter-communications specialist, with data points and practical advice based on scientifically gathered data, that addressed practical and nice ways to deal with difficult people. This book, on the contrary, is about the personal experiences of two highly successful business women, who put their emphasis on the culture of nice to work for them in the often cut-throat world of advertising. While their anecdotes are quite interesting, and their "nice cubes" of advice certainly make one think reflectively about one's own behavior and frame of mind, this just wasn't what I was looking for....more
Rao's work on the philosophy of happiness includes more than thirty lessons on modifying your mindset toward happiness independent of expectation andRao's work on the philosophy of happiness includes more than thirty lessons on modifying your mindset toward happiness independent of expectation and worldly achievement. It is also the best, deepest, and most powerful book on happiness that I have read so far. It is better savored slowly, read and re-read. The lessons are sometimes dense, and certainly not absorbed perfectly through one reading but rather through prolonged and repeated contemplation. I plan to purchase a copy so I can reread at my leisure -- a permanent new fixture on my night stand. I recommend to anyone interested in removing themselves from the rat race of that next promotion, a bigger house, a boyfriend/girlfriend, fame and recognition will make me happy to do the same....more
In this book, Achor outlines his seven principles of positive psychology. In other words, his seven keys to living a happier life. There is oodles ofIn this book, Achor outlines his seven principles of positive psychology. In other words, his seven keys to living a happier life. There is oodles of scientific data in here about the effects of happiness (or, more accurately, misery) on both our mental and physical health. Have a horrible boss? He/she is probably giving you high blood pressure. Do you buckle down and shut yourself into a quiet room when you're working on deadline? By doing so, you're probably causing yourself to work less effectively than if you were to take an hour to go chill with some friends or family.
Everything Achor offers in this book is fascinating and, ultimately, useful. I definitely recommend to one and all....more
Emmons' Thanks! is much more science-oriented than I expected. I should have been queued in by the "New Science of Gratitude" bit. Essentially, the enEmmons' Thanks! is much more science-oriented than I expected. I should have been queued in by the "New Science of Gratitude" bit. Essentially, the entire 200+ pages are one gigantic argument for the thesis that a grateful mindset can improve an individual's overall happiness. Emmons' thesis is supported by the studies and theories of behavioral scientists, philosophers, and sociologists, and he cites hundreds of various case studies--including ones that he himself conducted--on the subject of gratitude. Only about the last ten pages of the book provide any kind of useable information on how to apply gratitude to your own life. A good book if your brainy friend really needs to be convinced that gratitude is good. Interesting if you really want a deep, scientific analysis of how gratitude works and effects one's perceptions. But, overall, not worth the time for most....more