UTO Reads! Janice Kaplan’s "The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life"

October 8, 2019
The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

Autumn always feels like a great time to begin thinking about goals for the coming year. As I started to think about my goals for 2020, I found this book on one woman’s year spent practicing gratitude. I hope you’ll join me in reading this memoir by someone trying to live a more grateful life and honestly reflect on how that changes her whole perspective.

From the editor:

In this New York Times bestseller, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and transforms her marriage, family life, work and health. Her pioneering research was praised in People and Vanity Fair and hailed on TV shows includingToday, The O’Reilly Factor, and CBS’s The Talk.


On New Year’s Eve, journalist and former Parade Editor-in-Chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.


Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness. She learns how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness.


With warmth, humor, and appealing insight, Janice’s journey will empower readers to think positively and start living their own best year ever.

We’ll read this book and gather together on Zoom in November to discuss. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. Eastern time to share your thoughts on this selection.

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