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Foreword. Richard Carlson. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART ONE: OUR OBSESSION WITH BAD STUFF. 1. What's Wrong out There? 2. What's Wrong with Me? PART TWO: THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF APPRECIATION. 3. Principle 1: Be Grateful. 4. Principle 2: Choose Positive Thoughts and Feelings. 5. Principle 3: Use Positive Words. 6. Principle 4: Acknowledge Others. 7. Principle 5: Appreciate Yourself. PART THREE: APPRECIATION IN ACTION. 8. It's Not What We Know, but What We Do That Matters. Resources. About the Author.

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Mike Robbins, former pitcher with the Kansas City Royals organization, is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant, and coach. His clients include AT&T, Chevron, the U.S. Department of Labor, Kaiser Permanente, New York Life Insurance, and Stanford University. To find out about his speaking, products, and services, visit


Motivational speaker and professional coach Robbins sets out for well-worn territory, turning out a useful but unsurprising exploration of the power of positive thinking and the art of appreciation. Like self-help titles such as "The Secret," Robbins insists that like attracts like, and to get what we want in life we must focus on what we want (rather than what we don't). In this never preachy three-part primer, Robbins explains how the simple act of appreciation can change our lives, making up in empathy, anecdote and readability what he lacks in fresh ideas. In part one, Robbins analyzes the effects of living in a culture of negativity and fear, which keeps individuals from connecting with others, and from seeing the good in both people and life. Part two elucidates his Five Principles of Appreciation ("be grateful," "use positive words," etc.) and part three is about putting the principles into action ("it's not what we know, but what we do that matters"); exercises and "positive practices" throughout give readers further steps to put appreciation's power to work in daily life. "(Aug.)" ("Publishers Weekly," September 3, 2007)

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