Author: Deborah Norville
Grade: B - 8 and up (pretty graphic animal attack stories)
In Thank You Power Deborah Norville, of television fame, looks at the science behind the craze of gratitude power. Does saying thank you and being grateful really improve our lives, or is it just hype? According to Deborah's research into the studies being performed on this very subject, the science backs up what many self-help guru's have been claiming. Saying thank you and looking for the good in life can dramatically increase the quality of our life in many ways. Deborah takes us into the new field called positive psychology, and explores how having a positive and grateful outlook on life can affect our lives in a positive way.
I found the scientific studies in this book to be very interesting. The exercises in saying thank you were also well done, clear and easy to understand, and easy to believe they could have a positive effect. Much of the book was taken up with stories of people overcoming tragedy, and not letting their lives be ruled by the bad things that happen to them. The stories were well written, but I didn't find that they really fit in well with the point she was making in the chapters the were included with. The book started out well, but after the first quarter, it felt like filler.
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