A Simple Act of Gratitude

Author: John Kralik

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1401304265

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6782


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. A Simple Act of Gratitude is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message--and benefits--come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read A Simple Act of Gratitude is to be changed.

365 Thank Yous

Author: John Kralik

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9781401324056

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9956


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. 365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message—and benefits—come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.

One Simple Act

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439175683

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 2099


Illustrates how simple acts of generosity have lasting life-changing impact on both recipients and givers, sharing true stories of random acts of kindness that have changed lives in unimaginable and wonderful ways.

A Simple Act of Violence

Author: R.J. Ellory

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409106470

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 6990


Washington has a new menace... a serial killer whose victims don't exist... Washington, embroiled in the mid-term elections, did not want to hear about serial killings. But when the newspapers reported a fourth murder, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, there were few people that could ignore it. Detective Robert Miller is assigned to the case, and rapidly uncover a complication. The victims do not officially exist. Their personal details do not register on any known systems. And as Miller unearths ever more disturbing facts, he starts to face truths so far-removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude

Author: Amy Newmark,Deborah Norville

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 161159958X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 416

View: 7149


The power of gratitude can change your life! In this collection of 101 inspiring stories, people just like you share how they turned their lives around by seeing the silver linings, counting their blessings, and changing their perspective. Get inspired to become a thankful person! Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person! Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude is full of true, inspiring stories by people who have changed their lives for the better by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.

Attitude of Gratitude

Author: Tiago Silva

Publisher: Editora Bibliomundi

ISBN: 1526026961

Category: Self-Help

Page: 87

View: 1407


Do You Want To Be Happier And More Resilient To The Challenges Of Life?It’s About Time For You To Practice The Life Changing Power Of Gratitude!Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can provide you with a number of benefits and can really transform your life for the better.Most people do not appreciate the power that gratitude has, and you will be far ahead of the curve going through this training and applying the techniques in it to develop your attitude of gratitude.Making the transition to a gratitude-based life is going to require knowledge, application and persistence.

The Gratitude Jar: A Simple Guide to Creating Miracles

Author: Josie Robinson

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 1940014468

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 122

View: 5891


Discover the simple, yet profound, wisdom inside the little book being passed from hand to hand, from friend to friend, since it debuted in small local gift shops and bookstores across the country... The Gratitude Jar is a book that has come to light when the world deeply needs to read its message. The story itself is a heartwarming, inspirational tale of spiritual transformation and self-discovery, but it is also a guidebook with the power to instantly release the negative belief systems no longer serving you....and to direct your steps with new energy onto the path of joy and personal freedom. Nourish your soul and restore your faith in the goodness of the world as you begin to use its simple truths within your daily life. The time is right to hear its message, and to accept the invitation that awaits inside its pages to a joyful and inspiring new life.

(No More) Mediocre Me

Author: John E. Michel

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614484414

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 9545


If you were to account for your life at this moment—are you living up to your own potential? Does your present state of affairs give you reason to be disappointed or discouraged? Is your job unsatisfying...your relationships far from what they could be...your spiritual life a mere shadow of what it once was? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you--like scores of other Americans--have been lulled into accepting a life that is simply "good enough." This is what I term a Mediocre Me Mindset--a confining way of thinking about your role in the world that convinces you to settle for the perceived safety of the status quo rather than push outside your comfort zone to try and make tomorrow a little better than you found it today. In Mediocre Me, you will find a simple, yet profoundly powerful approach to rethinking the way you view your role in the world. It’s a proven means of breaking free from the grasp of mediocrity so you can lead a life of true purpose, meaning, and significance. And perhaps the best part of all...it’s not a new idea! The concepts in Mediocre Me are actually anchored in an over two thousand year old legend. One that reminds us we are at our individual and collective best not when we are standing still, unwitting prisoners of the status quo, but rather, when we are unafraid to reject apathy and embrace action by leading the positive change we want to see occur in our surroundings. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “America is another name for opportunity.” At a time in our nation’s history when we seem more divided than united, more fearful than hopeful, there can be no more fence-sitting. It’s time to begin writing a different, more empowering personal leadership story of your own. One that will energize you to do what you can, when you can, where you can, to be a force for good in your part of the world when doing so is needed now more than ever.

Living Life as a Thank You

Author: Nina Lesowitz,Mary Beth Sammons

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1573446459

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 280

View: 4319


Whatever is given — even a difficult and challenging moment — is a gift. Living as if each day is a thank-you can help transform fear into courage, anger into forgiveness, isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying thank-you every day inspires feelings of love, compassion, and hope. These ideas are the basis for this timely book. Authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons present a simple, but comprehensive program for incorporating gratitude into one's life, and reaping the many benefits that come from doing so. The book is divided into ten chapters from "Thank You Power" and "Ways to Stay Thankful in Difficult Times" to "Gratitude as a Spiritual/Cultural Practice " and "Putting Gratitude into Action." Each chapter includes stories of individuals whose lives have been transformed by embracing this program, along with motivating quotes and blessings, and a suggested gratitude practice such as keeping a weekly gratitude journal and starting a gratitude circle.