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Smart Talk: Janice Kaplan -- author of The Gratitude Diaries

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 6, 2016 9:05 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 6, 2016:

The act of being grateful -- showing appreciation or thankfulness -- is more than being polite.  As children we all were taught that saying "thank you" after someone had given us something was polite and the right thing to do.  But gratitude can be more than that according to our guest on Thursday's Smart Talk.

Janice Kaplan is the author of the 2015 book The Gratitude Diaries -- How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life.  Kaplan used gratitude to do just that.

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Janice Kaplan, author

Kaplan vowed on New Year's Eve to spend the next year being grateful for what she had in her life and not the material things that many people think of immediately when ask what they're thankful for.  She kept a daily diary -- listing what she was grateful for every day.  Instead of complaining to her husband about his mistakes or what bothered her, she looked for what her husband did and meant to her that she was grateful for. 

Then Kaplan focused in on other areas of her life and what she appreciated when it came to her finances, career and health.  Along the way, she was leading a happier and more satisfying life.

Janice Kaplan is a best-selling author, former editor of Parade Magazine and TV producer.

The Gratitude Diaries is WITF's Summer Read for 2016 -- a collaborative reading initiative of libraries in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties and community partners.


My husband & I remind our children (&ourselves) how fortunate we are to live in this country & have more than enough.  Gratitude something we should practice daily.  Thanks!              -Sara

A few years ago I started a "good things" jar.  I write down all the good things that happen to me for the year.  I go to that jar when I'm feeling down.  It works every time.          -Jaime

Usually I'm asleep by the time I get to the end of this list.

 Alpha states

Book club

Chili peppers

Downtown living (walking to the Y, Library, friends, restaurants, etc)

Ed (boyfriend!)

Friends and family

Girls night out!




Komputer age!




Open-air driving (little red convertible!)

Public radio


Reading and retirement

Swimming laps

Tai chi




Xword puzzles


Zizu (jack Russell terrier!)                             - Cindia, Lancaster

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