Lynn B. (Pittsburgh, PA)
The concept of this book is inspiring and thought provoking. While there are some slow spots in the book, the overall premise is intriguing. Because the author vows to write a Thank You note everyday for a year, he is forced to appreciate the good things rather than dwell on the negative. He doesn't set out to make this project a "self help" endeavor, it is simply a goal he has made for himself. I found this to be the most refreshing aspect of the story. Because he is forced to look for the good things, so that he can write his Thank You notes, his entire perspective changes and eventually his life. I recommend this book to everyone, of all ages. It is an easy, fast read and the concept while simple, is something all can benefit from.
Vicki H. (Greenwood Village, CO)
Ode to the Thank You Note
Though at an ebb-tide moment in life, attorney John Kralik commits to focusing on things for which he can be thankful. The result is“365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life”, a book that encourages “pass it on” acts of kindness. This is a book you can digest in small bites – each short chapter recounts how a particular thank-you note resonated through the author’s life (and often, the recipient’s).
Though I am already an adequate thank-you writer, the book has inspired me to stock up on cards and reinvigorate my own Daily Gratitude campaign, and I suspect it will spark everyone who reads it to do the same. It’s a 200-page paean to the thank you note … a celebration of the way gratitude transforms us.
Kimberly A. (Hannibal, MO)
Experiencing the downward spiral of both his personal and professional life, author John Kralik finds it difficult to appreciate all that he does have. He even admits that he often misspells the word "grateful," possibly because he uses it too infrequently. Trying to climb out of the doldrums of his life, he commits to writing a thank you note each day for a year. As a self-betterment plan, the book's focus, being more appreciative and humble, is an admirable one. Indeed, this author, by his own judgment, becomes a better person and experienced an up-swing in his life because of the notes. It is truly heart-warming to read of his renewed and strengthened relationships and his career successes. Even though the book lacks, in my opinion, a "Wow" effect, it may be the nudge needed to write--not email--more thank you notes for kind and thoughtful acts as well as gifts. It was a quick, pleasant, and action-provoking book.
Claudia S. (Elmhurst, IL)
I enjoyed "365 Thank Yous." The author, John Kralik, is an attorney at a low point in his life. He makes a goal for himself to write 365 thank you notes within the next year. Gradually, he finds himself focusing on the good things in his life instead of the bad. It's somewhat like the idea of a gratitude journal that he is sharing with the other people in his life. I was raised to always send a nice "thank you" after each birthday and holiday and I am doing the same with my children. But as adults, most of us, myself included, lose touch with this idea. I'm going to start again. Thanking people seems to be a simple act but as John Kralik realizes, it goes a long way.
Cynthia S. (Rensselaer, NY)
365 Thank Yous
John Kralik's 365 Thank yous reminds the reader that gratitude just takes a little time to tell someone who has touched your life "Thank You".
What a simple gesture! Imagine a book group. church group or simply a group of friends sharing events that sometime seem mundane with a heartfelt appreciation.
Kralik in sharing his year of struggles made me realize that feeling gratitude for the simple everyday interactions can put a positive spin on life.
Thank you Bookbrowse for providing this forum.
Toni, Librarian in WV
Author Kralik is fifty-three, forty pounds overweight, and his professional and personal relationships are bordering on disaster. He turns his life around by focusing on what is good in his life instead of wallowing in the negative. Kralik’s writing is choppy and unorganized but his sincerity is clearly visible and he reveals a certain sweetness that makes the reader happy for his emerging success. If you are looking for motivation to send those thank you notes you’ve been avoiding, read this for inspiration. They might change your life.
Erica M. (Chicago, IL)
Thank You - for a pleasant surprise
As a lawyer myself, who has struggled through the challenges of the financial meltdown, and watched family, friends and clients, do the same, I assumed I would relate to what Judge Kralik had to say, based on the description of the book. I wasn't expecting a book that was so hard to put down. It was more than a memoir and more than an inspirational book. I am convinced that we all have to struggle in order to appreciate the goodness in our lives - and Kralik truly got to the heart of that philosophy. I found him even-handed about his analysis of himself and others and approached his challenges with an attitude of this is what I did, not, this is what YOU should do. But even in that, he inspires. I found the statement of ideals for running his law firm to be consistent with the way he ran his life and wrote his thank yous. The book was an extremely pleasant surprise.