The Upside of Down Times

Discovering the Power of Gratitude

by Lisa Ryan


Book Details

Harness the Power of Gratitude

“I highly recommend this book if you want to be happier, healthier and wealthier. I read this book in one sitting and began implementing some of the ideas the next day. The ideas are easy to implement but powerful in their results.” —Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles One of the downsides of life is that we rarely have to deal with an overabundance of gratitude. Most of us tend to focus on the negative. We don’t receive nearly as much acknowledgment as we would like, and we don’t give as much recognition as others deserve. Now for the upside! When we learn to harness the power of gratefulness, we can make a major positive difference in so many areas of our lives, as well as the lives of those around us. The Upside of Down Times is your first step toward making that happen.


Book Excerpt

“There are few finer excesses in the world than an excess of gratitude.” Jean de la Bruyere Struggling to overcome some ill-timed events in my own life (like a career loss and my father’s severe stroke) I learned that practicing gratefulness could help me through these things, which otherwise might’ve been unbearable. This book is a product of how the power of gratitude has had a profound impact on my life. Through gratefulness I attracted the love of my life and created the business of my dreams. When people hear the words “power of gratitude,” they often view it as a rather “fluffy” subject. Easy, silly and even unnecessary. Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California, Davis, one of the world’s foremost researchers on gratitude, says, “Far from being a warm, fuzzy sentiment, gratitude is morally and intellectually demanding. It requires contemplation, reflection, and discipline and can be hard work.” While there is certainly a spiritual bent to gratitude, the science is indisputable. To keep from getting ‘fluffy’, we’ll look at things from both a scientific and a personal standpoint. There will be plenty of anecdotes which show how giving thanks has worked in a variety of situations – while providing solid scientific evidence to reinforce every story. Ready to begin? Welcome to a journey of self-exploration - and no, you don't have to keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times; let's have some fun! Getting the most out of this book does not require naturally positive thinking or being a Pollyanna. Simply keep an open mind, try some of the suggestions for yourself, and you’ll notice the changes that are bound to happen in your life. Though, I should probably forewarn you, gratitude is not for wimps.

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About the Author

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan is a nationally recognized gratitude expert and founder of Grategy,® a company specializing in keynotes, workshops, and seminars. A dynamic, inspirational communicator, she helps individuals and organizations get results by harnessing the power of appreciation. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and training. She has been featured in two movies, The Keeper of the Keys and The Gratitude Experiment, and co-authored the book With Excellence.



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