Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude

Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude


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ISBN-13: 9781573443685
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 383,530
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nina Lesowitz has over fifteen years experience orchestrating parties for corporations and organizations throughout northern California. She has planned special events on behalf of hotels, restaurants, medical centers, architectural firms, book publishing companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and women's issues columnist whose work appears frequently in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and leading consumer women's magazines. She is currently the "Finding You" editor for and writes for various health and business publications. As an editorial vicepresident, Mary Beth launched the editorial departments of the largest consumer health online Web and its subsidiary,, for which she writes separate blogs. In addition, she is currently working with the Stanford Research Institute as editorial director of a storytelling project focused on consumer health and wellness. Mary Beth specializes in stories that inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things from a place deep in their hearts. She has written six books in the women's self-help and mind/body/health field including, We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest Times (Conari Press, 2007). She lives in Chicago's suburbs with her three children.

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Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons start this lovely book, Living Life as a Thank You, by saying in the introduction, “Studies show—and experts counsel—that gratitude is a key component for personal happiness. People who are grateful about specific things in their past, who celebrate the triumphs, instead of focusing on losses or bitter disappointments, tend to be more satisfied in the present.” This was reason enough for me to pick up the book; from cover to cover it expands on these ideas of finding inner peace in the moment, rather than constantly worrying about what was or what is going to be. I feel like it has touched my life in a way that has made me more accepting and at peace with my day-to-day accomplishments and struggles. “Gratitude floats our boats and has us doing all kinds of things inspired by joy. Gratitude can help us transform our fears into courage, our anger into forgiveness, our isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying ‘Thank you’ everyday will create feelings of love, compassion and hope.” Not only does this book expand on the many ways to turn uncertainty and negativity into feelings of love and happiness, but it also shows how contagious optimism can be for others. By centering yourself through gratitude, you’ll soon find that others around you will catch on! I would recommend this book for anyone, but especially for those with busy lifestyles who are in need of reconnecting to themselves and those around them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m trying to be more optimistic. This book told me how: gratitude. Many everyday occurrences – grocery shopping, getting coffee, passing someone on the street – seem thankless. I am in line at the store and some people don’t even look at the cashier. And when they do get some kind words, it looks like it makes their day. Lesowitz and Sammons give practical advice and tell transformative real life stories that only solidify the power of gratitude. Like I touched on above, I really enjoyed the section on practicing gratitude in everyday life. We are all living every day; we might as well make it pleasant in the slightest bit. This book would be great for the pessimist or the optimist. So smile, and say hello to your neighbor, or say thanks to your cashier. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely, lovely book. People who are struggling accepting their own skin or struggling with personal problems in their own life should take advantage of this amazing book. Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote then takes you on a spiritual journey. The chapter on addiction really hits home for me. It's a book that will stay with you forever. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful resource for people who are looking to make a beneficial change in their life. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter from Tennessee Williams, Albert Einstein, Ovid, the Bible, and many more aid in centering the mind of the reader to the task of being thankful. I also enjoyed the lists that are scattered throughout the book because I am a person who likes making lists, and these helped me as I followed the advice of Lesowitz and Sammons. Great layout, awesome quotes, and a powerful message make this book a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lesowitz and Sammons preach thankfulness and gratitude through stories, quotes. This is a surprisingly powerful book. I really found myself becoming inspired to show a little gratitude towards the people I've begun to take for granted in my life just because I see them on a daily basis. A wonderful book that will open up your mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift and at first I felt neutral about it. Self-help/inspirational/etc. books have never really interested me. But I did flip through it and then found myself getting into it, and now I occasionally return to my favorite parts when I need a little extra bit of inspiration. I think what made this book stand out to me was all the stories about real people, which was more interesting to me than if it was all lectures from the authors (which I don't think would happen with these authors anyway). I also liked the little "gratuity exercises" included at the end of the chapters. Overall I was happily surprised with this book. 
Nicole_Wordsmith More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call myself pessimistic by any means, but I find optimism difficult to achieve when I am feeling hopelessly and utterly overwhelmed by life. Living Life As A Thank You reminds us readers what we already know and makes me wonder why I needed someone else to tell me how to best to balance life with gratitude. Oh, I know why, that hopelessly and utterly thing I was going on about earlier... Simple as this book may be, it is effective. Difficult as life may be, it is better to be happy and accepting along the way. With sections such as "Turning the Daily Commute Into a Gratitude Workout" (oh how I needed that one!), "The Most Important Lesson in Life: It's Not About the Things," and "Gratitude Turns Painful Memories Into Precious Gifts," this book is full of personal stories, advice, and inspiration--something I think everyone (yes, everyone) needs to read from time to time when that utter/hopeless feeling knocks you down. We are strong enough to get back up and, eventually, we will stay up once our attitude and perspective changes.
Jessica0 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, it is so easy to forget the gifts that we are blessed with on a daily basis. I know that I personally tend to focus on the negatives, whether it be spilled coffee on my new blouse or something far more serious. Living Life as a Thank You has really helped me take a step back and appreciate the things I do have: my family, my friends, my health, etc. More importantly, it has inspired me to look back on my experiences, even the bad ones. Everything really can be seen as a thank you if you really take the time to think about it. Like Lesowitz and Sammons say, even bad experiences can be viewed at the very least as wake up calls. This book has truly inspired me to make an internal change to how I see myself and my surroundings. Even my family and friends have started to comment on the positive changes that they've noticed in my demeanor. I'm much calmer and happier after reading this book and I would really recommend it to anybody!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago