Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitudeby Nina Lesowitz
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.
"Journalist Lesowitz and gratitude practitioner Sammons demonstrate through life stories, quotes, and tool kits that gratitude can be the key to kicking an addiction, healing the planet, or just staying sane in a traffic jam. A particularly poignant chapter discusses how to find grace and wisdom in good-byes. This compelling book goes beyond Random Acts of Kindness but inspires the same hope and motivation for good. Buy two copies: one for the library and another for yourself."
“I have learned that the greatest joy and happiness comes from what we do to enrich other people’s lives and our own spiritual lives. Living Life as a Thank You shows you how to connect with other people from a place of thankfulness which in turn promotes greater harmony for all.” Marla Maples, actress, television host and spiritual motivator
“Living Life as a Thank You is a healing guidebook for people looking to bring more joy and stronger social connections into their lives. I am convinced that if readers take even one small gratitude practice from this book they will bring greater happiness into their lives. Inspirational and spiritual, this book is a great how-to companion for people following the science of appreciation. Christine Carter, Ph.D., sociologist, executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
"Twenty years ago, we gathered friends together to write about, talk about, and do Random Acts of Kindness, and from this small group, a kindness movement was born that circled the globe. With Living Life as a Thank You, Nina and Mary Beth have tapped into something just as deep and powerful that can truly transform people's livesour deep and abiding need to feel and live from a place of gratitude." Will Glennon, founder, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, author of Practice Random Acts of Kindness
“This book will put a smile on your face, a lift in your step, and plenty of reminders that saying ‘thanks’ costs nothing, but delivers a lot!”Jan Yanehiro, Emmy winning broadcaster, author of This is Not the Life I Ordered
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for Living Life as a Thank You. I am grateful for the inspiring stories, the simple, clear exercises with profound results and the empowering reminder that an attitude of gratitude boosts self-esteem, well-being and appreciation for the precious gifts that fill our days. This is a must-read for everyone who desires peace and happiness." Susyn Reeve, author of Choose Peace & Happiness
"In our day and age, the daily practice of gratitude and acceptance is arguably the most important spiritual routine we should all embrace. Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons found an entertaining and wonderful way to make it easy for us to live life as one big thank you!" Gahl Eden Sasson, author of A Wish Can Change Your Life
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Meet the Author
NINA LESOWITZ is an award-winning marketing professional who runs Spinergy Group, which represents authors, corporate clients, and nonprofits. She, along with Sammons, co-authored the best-selling Living Life as a Thank You, and What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?: How to Transform Fear into Courage. She lives and sails in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, and produces events for Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival.
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!