Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Review: Thank You Power

Author: Deborah Norville
Genre: Self-help
Rating: 3/5
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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LisaMay January 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

Sounds interesting!

Eidin January 7, 2009 at 11:30 PM  


Your new profile photo is much better.

Book Lover Lisa January 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

Thanks Sherry,

I lost 25 pounds and figured a new picture would be good. Also put on some makeup :)

Unknown January 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

I think a lot of books on self help are that way. They start out with good things and then have to repeat it for the next 300 pages in order to make it a book. However, the point they make is usually good. Like this one. I am a believer in gratitude! P.S. I really like the new photo too. Way to go for loosing 25 lbs, and over the holidays too!

Book Lover Lisa January 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

exactly, nuttbutts! i mean i understand that they can't sell a ten page book, but sometimes that is all a self-help book really needs. i hate the repitition, over and over.

I cut out sugar totally like I used to do, exercised, and lo and behold, got thinner. Amazing how that works, huh?

Eidin January 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

Way to go, Lisa! Lookin good, girl.

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