Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review # 286: The Upside of Down Times - Discovering the Power of Gratitude by Lisa Ryan


     Harness the Power of Gratitude 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-and The Upside of Down Times is your first step toward making that happen.


     When I am in a good mood, I am surround myself with optimistic thought. I see myself and the world around me in a whole different light, and I am grateful for the life I have been given, and for the lives of those around me. But when my spirits are sitting low, I tend to dwell on the negatives, unable to focus on anything worthwhile to pump up my mood. These fluctuations are normal for most people; life is not always how we picture it. Fortunately, Lisa Ryan's The Upside of Down Times - Discovering the Power of Gratitude can help readers find the "silver linings" within their situations. In five chapters, Lisa describes how gratefulness can positively impact the major areas of life - in Self, Health, Others, and Wealth, (S.H.O.W. for short), as well as in business settings! Her ideas are easy-to-understand and implement in daily routines, and the results are quick, but long-lasting! Each chapter includes stories, examples, questions, exercises, quotes, research, tips and notes that help readers acknowledge the positives and focus on what they have, not on what they are lacking. Most people have a habit of seeking recognition, but not recognizing others as much as they should, and Ryan's methods take steps to fix that. I, for example, have started saying "thank-you" more often to the people who are there for me, and I get the appreciation I seek in return - an easy give-and-take. Overall, I enjoyed learning to share my gratitude and to be a more positive person, even when things don't go my way, and I recommend this book to anyone seeking the same outcome!

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author:

     Lisa Ryan, MBA, is a dynamic presenter who teaches us the immense power of gratitude in the corporation, and translates soft skills into hard profits. She focuses on employee productivity, customer retention and growth, and how these affect the bottom line.

     Ms. Ryan is the Founder of Grategy®, where she serves as Chief Appreciation Strategist. She is featured in the award-winning film, "The Keeper of the Keys" with Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Marci Shimoff of The Secret and John Gray of Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus, and is the author of two books, The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude and With Excellence. Her audiences love her passion and humor, and the fact that they leave with specific ideas that they can apply immediately. 
Her second feature film, "The Gratitude Experiment" will be released in 2013. 

     Lisa customizes her programs to specific audiences across a multitude of industries. Her career background includes seven years in healthcare, ten years in the staffing industry, and eleven years in industrial sales.

     Gratitude Expert Lisa Ryan accomplishes the unusual result of higher profit through the application of soft skill training. By using her gratitude strategies, also known as "Grategies®," her clients apply these skills to encourage stronger individual and team performance, enabling a more positive work experience. In short, she teaches how to capitalize on one of the most basic (and inexpensive) tools on the shelf: the expression of gratitude for jobs well done.

     Lisa serves on the board of the Ohio Chapter of the National Speakers Association and is President of her Toastmasters International Club. She holds a Bachelor's Degree and an MBA in marketing. In addition to Grategy, she is the Cofounder of the Positive Thinkers Network.

To learn more about Lisa, please visit

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