A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life

A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life

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by John Kralik
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401310714
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
116,420
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Kralik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan for college and law school. He practiced law for 30 years, and was a partner in the law firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Miller Tokuyama Kralik & Sur, and Kralik & Jacobs. In 2009, he was appointed to be a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
1LadyDi More than 1 year ago
I learned about this book through the Sunday paper right around the beginning of January. That is when I usually am contemplating what my New Year's Resolutions will be. I read the 'sample' and decided this is something I could do this next year. The book was very enjoyable as the author took us through one difficult year of his life. After only 30 days into this project, I am on Thank You Note #43. What I didn't expect, especially this soon, is how much I have changed. Every single place I go, I am always cheerful and positive, in anticipation of the other person responding the same way, so when I get home I can send a thank you. Early on in my thank you note project, the secretary at the chiropractor's office where I have gone for almost 20 years, said to me, " no one has thanked me in the 10 years I have been here". I challenge anyone to read this book, and try the principle for one year, and not be changed in a fantastic, grateful way!
AlaskaGin More than 1 year ago
This little book is an amazing treasure and should not be missed by anyone. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to celebrate...but mostly I closed it after the last page knowing I'd been changed. This is one ebook that I will soon be repurchasing in hardcoer so I can share it. Thank you Mr Kralik for sharing your journey.
Suzanne37 More than 1 year ago
Thank you cards….What are we grateful for in our lives? A successful Judge, John Kralik, finds himself plummeting out of control with an ex wife, child support, business losing ground and finds he’s lost contact and closeness from the important people in his life. He stopped suddenly and took the time to scrutinize his life and its meaning. He sat down and started writing out thank you notes to people in his present and past life to show his gratitude for their part in his life. How inspired. It makes me want to sit down and write a thank you note to someone and the more I think about it, I am quite sure I could find someone to thank every day. There is not a better gift to someone than to shed light on how they made a difference in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if ever i could recommend a book it would be this one..especially for your kids..it truly instills a conscience to all who reads it..please read
twelve-stepper More than 1 year ago
This book demonstrates the value of an attitude of gratitude! Life events happen--it's the stories you tell yourself about these events that determine the qualify of your life. And, as this story demonstrates, choosing to take an attitude of gratitude can be highly beneficial!
punke_1995 More than 1 year ago
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. I am thankful there are books I can read filled with love, gratitude, and kindness.
Trayclee More than 1 year ago
This little book should be on everyone's must read list. It would make a great Christmas Gift for someone who has everything.
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I enjoyed this book very much. The Author did an excellent job a presenting a process that many of us in the internet age have long forgotten. Thank you, John Kralik for sharing your time and honesty in writing this wonderful book and the reminder of how the process of a thank you note from the heart can make such an impression on the sender and receiver. This is my first thank you note to you John Kralik.
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This is an easy book to read, and also inspirational. It's amazing what gratitude can accomplish. I enjoyed reading something that showed how an ordinary person can do simple things to turn their life around.
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I am only halfway through the book and I can't wait to start writing my thank you notes. Hopefully it will give me a better outlook on life.
InAbundance More than 1 year ago
Am only half way through, but, it has already changed my way of thinking! I am sending "thank you" notes starting right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read. A good reminder that there is something to be thankful for in every situation. Motivates you to write a letter to share your appreciation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many motivational books and stories out there. It is seldom that I encourage anyone to read . This book touched me in so many ways . I highly recommend reading and start writing thank you notes. It adds happiness to everyone's days because we receive a thank you instead of a bill or sale in our mail box. Goodness is returned in every way. An amazing story .