Thanks John Kralik for “365 Thank Yous”

Open Book and Discussion Group based on the book:

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

The book was authored by John Kralik

Tuesday Evening 02.15.11 at 7

Greetings All,

Seriously? Gratitude? In this economy? During a long job search or while self-employed? Haven’t you heard all the news? Thank you notes? Other than following interviews and the like- “Who does that anymore?”

John Kralik recounts how in doing the seemingly simple act of writing handwritten thank yous set off a chain reaction of remarkable events and turnabouts in his life. Quiet your inner cynic, while the book mentions “Pollyanna” it is not “Pollyanna” in any sense and Kralik deserves to be carefully studied. His life was not just problematic- it sucked. It sucked in ALL categories. Were it my life I would not want the suckiness so widely published. Nor did the entire practice unfold smoothly or without stumbling. To begin with he realized that he had been misspelling “grateful” for his entire 50+ years. Kralik had always spelled it “greatful” as though full of “greatness.” The resulting ramifications for Mr. Kralik went far beyond serendipity and coincidence, it shook up his reality and his reality needed shaking hard. What changes might this simple act impart into your life?

“365 Thank Yous” Notes:

  • Does anybody really write “thank you” notes today? Why would they matter so much?
  • Sure for job search and sales follow-ups stuff but throughout your entire life?
  • Is the handwritten and snail-mailed version not the same as a .txt or e-mail?
  • Doesn’t telephoning count?
  • What about motives?
  • What are the many flavors of “thank you” notes?
  • Isn’t the postage going to kill you? Can you afford not to write?
  • Are there any UNwritten notes left in your heart or head?
  • Forget “365!” Who could you write five, ten or twenty notes?
  • Could you start with just one?
  • The art and benefit of “extreme thank you notes”
  • Could “thank you notes have helped Heath Ledger?
  • It is really about finding equilibrium, but not just equilibrium
  • Why not “thank you” noted?
  • Is it a project worthy of a spreadsheet? Why not?
  • Who are the “heroes of your story?” Have you thanked them?

If we follow John Kralik’s example, and open the New Year by writing 365 Thank Yous, 2011 might just be the best yet. – Diana Page Jordan

As always, we will thankfully get a bite to eat at Steak & Shake after we conclude at Barnes & Noble.

We’d be thankful if you joined us, won’t you?


Who could you say "thanks" to today?

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About MonteWashburn

Greetings, Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Monte, a passionate lover of a great spectrum of nonfiction books and authors and in hoping to provide some guidance to the many currently unemployed or under-employed persons much of the content posted here will revolve around books of the job search, career, entrepreneurial pursuits and personal development. Other related blogs and material will be heralded here as well. And a little fiction just may sneak in as well from time to time. May you find your own stimulus here. Expectantly, Monte
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