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The Upside of Down Times

The Upside of Down Times

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by Lisa Ryan
Harness the Power of Gratitude

One of the downsides of life is that we rarely have to deal with an overabundance of gratitude. Most of us tend to focus on the negative. We don't receive nearly as much acknowledgment as we would like, and we don't give as much recognition as others deserve.

Now for the upside! When we learn to harness the power of gratefulness, we


Harness the Power of Gratitude

One of the downsides of life is that we rarely have to deal with an overabundance of gratitude. Most of us tend to focus on the negative. We don't receive nearly as much acknowledgment as we would like, and we don't give as much recognition as others deserve.

Now for the upside! When we learn to harness the power of gratefulness, we can make a major positive difference in so many areas of our lives, as well as the lives of those around us-and The Upside of Down Times is your first step toward making that happen.

"I highly recommend this book if you want to be happier, healthier and wealthier. I read this book in one sitting and began implementing some of the ideas the next day. The ideas are easy to implement but powerful in their results."

-Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles

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Outskirts Press, Inc.
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The Upside of Down Times 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DHelbig More than 1 year ago
What a thoroughly enjoyable book! It is such a great mix of stories and facts that it provides a rich experience. Reading the author's own stories about how gratitude has impacted her life helps put the whole subject in perspective. No matter where we are in our lives, we can positively impact the outcome by adopting the principles so beautifully spelled out in this book. A great read I would recommend to everyone.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This is a sensible book that will change your mind with its theme of gratitude, and how the reader will see him/herself and the happiness of his/her future. In this book you will find gratitude for self, health, children, others, wealth, and in your business. I have practiced positivity and gratitude for some years now and I have found out firsthand that it does change your attitude and the way you see yourself every day. This is a self-development book that will open your eyes to all that is there and show you how to become what you are meant to be, a successful member of the society. It will show you how to inspire others by your example. In an era when many feel that everyone owes them something, gratitude isn’t found in our minds or hearts. In this book you will find many reasons why we should be thankful more often. As the author says, “Harnessing the power of gratitude can make a positive change in our lives as well as in the lives of others, and can ultimately lead us to healthier, more successful, and wealthier lives.” As a daily positive thinker, I agree with Lisa Ryan, wholeheartedly, that we need more positive and grateful hearts in this world. This will bring a happier and lasting tomorrow not only to us but also to our families, communities, and work places. It is a well-done work and a good self-help book for all who struggle with mere mediocre living and want a way out. Lisa does a great job guiding and showing the reader the steps to a better tomorrow. Finally, it is an easy book to inspire you to change and become better than you are. I recommend this book to everyone, from young adult to adults alike. If supervised by a parent or adult, this theme can be used to teach children from an early age to be thankful and positive, thus giving them a much happy and certain future.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite The self-help book "The Upside of Down Times" by author Lisa Ryan is a toolbox of information explaining how one’s life can be transformed for the better with the power of gratitude. The author explains how being more gracious in our everyday lives can lead to a happier and more fulfilled life. The author gives many examples on how her life and the lives of others that she has connected with have improved by practicing her gratitude technique. Author Lisa Ryan goes on to explain how, when we incorporate being grateful to our everyday routine, we appreciate more of the things that life has to offer. Moreover, when life’s challenges are thrust upon us, we are better equipped to handle disappointments and setbacks if we practice the art of being grateful. The helpful information and all of the practice exercises at the end of each chapter make Lisa Ryan’s book "The Upside of Down Times" a recipe for a more positive, happier life that is filled with love and gratitude. She gives her readers all of the tools they need to put the power of gratitude into practice. A life that is filled with despair and negativity can be transformed into one that is filled with hope, appreciation, and boundless promise. I found all of the positive quotes that the author gives in her book to be very uplifting and positively mood alternating. I have even started using a gratitude journal as the author suggests and found it to be very helpful in changing the way I look at different situations, and it has truly made me more gracious and appreciative in my life.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "The Upside of Down Times" by Lisa Ryan should be compulsory reading. A few pages into the book you realize that if we all lived by its principles then not only would we be much happier but the world would be a far nicer place. Lisa Ryan gently but firmly gives us a good shake to stop us being self-absorbed miseries and tells us how we can look at everything in a positive light. She not only tells us but shows us and gives us examples of her philosophy in action. In a nutshell it is the ‘glass half full’ approach. We need to look for the positive in every situation and be grateful for the good in it. So a guy cuts up in his car. It might well be he was rushing off to some emergency. Instead of feeling road rage we should be glad we are not in his shoes. Hate our job? Well, it is paying the bills and getting us out of the house. It is not just our own lives we can improve by showing gratitude, although the impacts on health and happiness are enormous. By giving others the recognition they deserve and acknowledging how they have helped us, we spread the word. These people will feel good about themselves and will be more likely to be happier too and nicer to the folk they come across. It is like a drop in a puddle. The ripples of positive gratitude spread far and wide. Trust me, you will be starting your own gratitude journal before you finish this book and feeling the benefits within a very short time. I am extremely grateful that I read this motivational, attitude-changing book.
DanielAbreo More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books, this one is a book full of wisdom and simple to read and I couldn't put it down, with simple steps to take, it makes you feel great about life in general and makes you appreciate life's simple things. It's a way of life that anyone can choose, enjoy and live more. A masterpiece that I highly recommend.
Rich_Weber More than 1 year ago
I have had the honor of knowing Lisa Ryan for several years. In the time I have known her she has always been a motivator and an inspiration. In her latest book, The Upside of Down Times, she has captured her infectious positive spirit and presented it in a form that is at once both thought provoking and humorous. She admonishes the reader to embrace her positive approach to life, and gives them a simple-to-follow methodology for achieving it. I can honestly say that I admire her for what she has taught me, and whole-heartedly recommend her book to others who would also like to know the wonderful feeling of being truly grateful for all of the joys that our lives have given us.
DArtemasHolden More than 1 year ago
I read Lisa Ryan's book titled “The Upside of Down Times” – Discovering the Power of Gratitude. She has written an amazing book which I would recommend to anyone – anytime – WHY? Because gratitude is the heart and soul of loving and living life. Over a period of 6 days I made several life changing decisions … ALL based on LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST with a grateful heart. Lisa is a living example of her book in action ... the ONLY reason it won't work is if you don't try ... D Artemas Holden
coachjerry More than 1 year ago
The Upside of Down Times is a small book with a big message: Gratitude can make you happier, healthier, and even wealthier. Learn the benefits of being grateful, and how to do it. You’ve heard it before, your mother probably admonished you to be grateful for what you have. More than just a nice thing—being grateful—Ryan pulls together recent scientific research findings showing the benefits of gratitude are powerful indeed. The Upside of Down Times is not a dry recounting of research, it’s an entertaining, informative read. Filled with anecdotes and Ryan’s personal experiences, this small book is a powerful reminder that your life can be greatly improved by something free, easy, and available to everyone—gratitude. The research findings of positive psychology are clear. Being positive is better for your health, your happiness, and your personal success. Gratitude is one of the very easy and powerful tools for maintaining a positive attitude. Being grateful provides even more benefit when you factor in the impact it has on your relationships—strengthening them and keeping you connected to others—another big factor in human happiness and success. You might call Lisa Ryan the gratitude queen. Her personal life isn’t the only aspect of her life devoted to gratitude. Her business name, Grategy, is a word coined from the combination of gratitude and strategy, and helps companies harness the power of gratitude to improve business results. I recommend The Upside of Down Times, a small book with a big message, a message we tend to forget in the course of busy lives. Thanking people, acknowledging them with smiles and a friendly word or two, recognizing the contributions they make to your life, and being thankful for all you have, even if it’s not all you want to have, are all free and easy ways to enjoy your life.