4 out of 4 stars
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Most people have heard about the benefits of a positive attitude. An attitude that discovers gratitude in all situations is an essential aspect of positivity. Why do people feel the need to read more books about gratitude? Why is it so hard to develop and practice thankfulness? Rich J. Cavaness analyzes these questions in his book, The Gratitude Effect: Shift Your Mindset, Optimize Your Outcomes, and Boost Your Well-being.
Gratitude does not come naturally. It is a mindset that must be taught and learned. This attitude affects our physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being. Rich Cavaness stressed the idea of feeling gratitude for all things, including all creation and even the negative things that come into our life. He reinforced each strategy presented with experiences from his family life. These personal examples help the reader to realize that his proposals can work for everyone. The author has achieved happiness through the practice of maintaining a positive mental attitude. His goal is for every reader to be in love with his or her life.
Each of the fifteen chapters ended with four practical exercises. "Something to Think About" provided the reader with a summary of the highlights of the section. "Key Questions to Consider" motivated the reader to ponder and reflect on these main points. "Practical Applications" offered ways to begin to put into practice what you have learned. "Impact on Me Journal" provided prompts to record your thoughts and reactions to the teaching presented in each chapter.
I liked the author's unique 66-Day Gratitude Challenge. This technique appeared at the end of the book and encouraged readers to put into practice all the lessons taught in the previous chapters. The author prepared an extensive list of categories to incorporate in this gratitude routine. Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was the clear explanation about why we struggle to show gratitude. Chapter Ten presented an analysis of factors that hinder gratitude. The author delved into these obstacles and offered practical ways to overcome and eliminate them.
There is a list of resources at the end of the book. The author's website and the various programs he sponsors motivate readers to contact him for a seminar or to achieve success through his coaching programs.
The only suggestion I have would be to include a bibliography of all the books cited in the text. Readers will want to experience the same motivation that the author received from the many books and articles mentioned throughout the book. A compilation of these works would be an invaluable aid to others.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author used clear and simple language to present a useful and practical system of exercises aimed at changing your mindset and helping readers to live with optimism and gratitude. The book has very few grammar or punctuation errors. The author spoke of his belief in God as the Creator and how this impacted his understanding of gratitude. I would recommend this book to readers looking for a coherent system of ideas and strategies that will erase past mental patterns that produced a defeatist attitude. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from this simple and effective strategy to achieve thankfulness and gratitude.
The Gratitude Effect
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