Nina Lesowitz is a gratitude practitioner and volunteer for literacy organizations. She also runs Spinergy Group, a public relations firm that represents authors and corporate clients as well as nonprofits. The recipient of numerous awards and tributes, including a national award for excellence in media relations, she is also the coauthor of the best-selling The Party Girl Cookbook. She lives in Oakland, CA. Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and author who has contributed to Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and various online health and wellness websites. The author of seven books in the women's self-help and health and wellness fields, including We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest Times, My Family: Collected Memories, and Gifts with Heart, she lives in Chicago.
"Lesowitz and Sammons approach the subject with an eclectic mix of stories, interviews, research, quotations, and practices. In ten chapters they cover a lot of territory with practical material on creating blessings in your life, clarifying your life purpose, increasing productivity and happiness where you work, becoming a more altruistic person, having enough, staying healthy, creating unexpected grace and peace, discovering your desires, and increasing your gratitude quotient. The last chapter contains a small sampling of gratitude practices." -Spirituality and Practice "In ten carefully-structured chapters,these authors provide readers a concise tour of gratitude practice. Along the way, they highlight heartwarming stories, cutting-edge research, inspiration, witty insight, and helpful hints for incorporating gratitude into everyday living. Thorough, realistic, and filled with lots of follow-up resources, this book manages to be both action-oriented and compassionate." -Retailing Insight "This compelling book goes beyond Random Acts of Kindness but inspires the same hope and motivation for good. Buy two copies: one for the library and one for yourself." -Library Journal "With inspiring stories and practical tips,The Grateful Life reminds us that gratitude is as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise. Practicing gratitude is like taking your vitamins-you don't just take them when you're sick; you also have to take them to stay healthy. -Janine Kovac, former editor of the Community Gratitude Journal for the Greater Good Science Center "The most magnetic trait of all time is gratitude! Want to transform your outlook and your life, read and enjoy The Grateful Life." -David Horsager, MA, CSP, author of The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line "Gratitude is a choice. When we choose to focus on what is right in our lives instead of what is missing, our appreciation for life can give us each a sense of purpose. This book is a guide to increasing your happiness quotient. Happiness is the truth!" - Aviva Yael, Marketing Director, i am OTHER / Pharrell Williams Entertainment and author, No Regret "I came away from this book filled with real joy, as grateful for the hardships I've endured as for the good times. The moving personal stories told here give us a window into the many ways that gratitude can transform our lives, and offer us hope in the deepest sense of the word." --Elizabeth Scarboro, author of My Foreign Cities</ "Gratitude moves from idea to implementation. Substance pairs with serendipity in this practical and inspiring guide." -Mary Anne Radmacher, author of SHE and Live Boldly