365 Thank Yous

365 Thank Yous

The Year A Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

Book - 2010
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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.

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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324056
1401324053
Branch Call Number: 179.9 KRALIK
Characteristics: 228 p. ; 20 cm

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AL_ANNA Jul 28, 2017

If you were to send a thoughtful handwritten thank you note every day for a year, how different would your life would be?


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mlinard
Jun 11, 2017

I loved this fast read. The author takes you I vividly through his journey of learning to be more grateful for what he has through the writing of thank you notes. More than that he realizes the "riches" he has had all along. A wonderful book that makes you wonder what we all could accomplish if we took more time to thank others.

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d10786694p
Jun 25, 2016

I loved this book so much, that I've taken on his challenge. I'm up to day 38 ... It's really interesting, and I'm finding I'm not running out of people to thank!

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pross633
Aug 03, 2015

I haven't read this version, but I read "A simple act of gratitude" and it changed my outlook toward gratitude. I recommended it to my mom because I couldn't put it down. She didn't believe me and started reading. Finished it in a couple days because she couldn't put it down either. She thanked me later for making her read it.

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happydayout
Mar 17, 2013

The power of the simple words "Thank You" can mean so much. "365 Thank Yous" has reminded me to convey this sentiment more often. This book reinforces how saying Thank You and being truly grateful for the simplest of things, can mean so much to the recipient but even more to the giver. An inspiring read.

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annekim9
Feb 05, 2011

A down-on-his-luck lawyer makes the life-changing decision to write 365 thank you notes in one year. This fast read will inspire you to write more thank you notes.

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