The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life Summary

Janice Kaplan
- 2015
This book is good to read when you feel grateful.

Key Takeaways

  1. Gratitude can transform not only personal happiness but also relationships and career success.
  2. Being grateful can lead to greater satisfaction in marriage and friendships.
  3. A positive outlook can significantly impact financial decisions and career growth.
  4. Daily reflections and acknowledgments of gratitude contribute to overall well-being.
  5. Practical exercises in gratitude, such as journaling, can enhance one’s appreciation for life.


Kaplan recounts her experiences and revelations during a year of consciously practicing gratitude in every aspect of her life.

Through engaging narratives, she illustrates how a shift in mindset can positively affect interpersonal relationships and personal satisfaction.

Kaplan interweaves scientific research with personal anecdotes to provide a grounded approach to cultivating gratitude.

The book provides a relatable and motivational guide that challenges readers to alter their perspective on life through the simple act of giving thanks.

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