By John Kralik
240 pages, $22.99
Hyperion, December 28, 2010
365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life is a beautiful little book. It was December 22, 2007 and Kralik, an attorney in a troubled law firm realized he was focusing on the negative things that made up his life.
He had struggled through another divorce, his girlfriend just dumped him, he often slept on the floor of his stuffy little apartment. Kralik was estranged from his two adult sons and was afraid of losing his daughter. Just to make things more negative, Kralik was miserably overweight and suffering from health problems. The list goes on and on.
By New Year’s Day Kralik decided it was time to change, to do something more meaningful with his life. And he did. He’d heard an inner voice telling him that until he learned to be grateful for what he did have, he could not receive the things he wanted. A true “light bulb” moment if ever there was one. Kralik decided to find one person each day to be grateful for, to say thank you to, and so the “thank you note” writing began and lasted for a year.
This is a remarkable book. John Kralik chronicles a year in his life through his thank you notes. 365 Thank Yous is an easy to read, but intensely inspiring book. The motivation for the book and the thoughts expressed are deep and well thought out. I read this book over a couple of difficult days in my life, Kralik reminded me that I have a truly blessed life and many people and things to be thankful for. He also reminded me that we don’t say the words “thank you” enough.
I’ll be giving copies of this book as gifts at birthdays this year, as we all need to be reminded of the magic that two simple words bring to us all. Thank YOU Mr. Kralik for writing this gem of a book.
If I gave a star rating, this would get 4 out of 5 stars.
John Kralik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan for college and law school. He practiced law for thirty years, and was a partner in the law firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Miller Tokuyama Kralik & Sur, and Kralik & Jacobs. In 2009, he was appointed a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He lives in the Los Angeles area.