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“An excellent reminder to regularly reflect on those who have helped you throughout your life.”–USA Today’s YES Magazine
“Sweet and wise, this hopeful book will inspire readers to honor those who have made a difference in their lives” — Publishers Weekly
“Kho is a funny, relatable and not-too-sentimental guide to this deeply meaningful practice” — starred review from BookPage
“…readers looking for a feel-good memoir emphasizing the benefits of appreciation (with detailed playlists) will be grateful to [Nancy] for sharing her story” — Shelf Awareness
“A genial volume about a fun approach to showing others how much they mean to you.”– Kirkus Reviews
Who helped you become the person you are today?
Supportive family and friends, sure, but what about inspiring teachers? Doctors who cared for your physical health? The boss who recognized and encouraged your potential? The exes who taught you to raise your standards? The author whose books still inspire and entertain you?
Nancy Davis Kho was approaching a milestone birthday and decided to commemorate it by writing one thank-you letter each week of that year to one of the formative people she’d encountered along the way, to acknowledge and thank them for the role they had played in her life. While her recipients always seemed genuinely pleased to read the letters, what Nancy never expected was how profoundly she herself was affected by the process of writing them. During what turned out to be a challenging year, Nancy returned to the copies she made of those thank-you letters for peace, for reassurance, for a deep sense of gratitude for all the good things that buoyed her.
The Thank-You Project gives readers practical advice on how to organize their own gratitude letter project, and uses Nancy’s own experiences as an entertaining, funny springboard to suggest the kinds of people in their lives who might deserve a thank-you letter.
No matter your age or walk of life, emerging research on the science of happiness and gratitude shows that active appreciation of the formative people in your life, both past and present, can make a positive and lasting change in your happiness levels – and The Thank-You Project is the roadmap for how to make it happen.
Selected interviews, essays, and press coverage of The Thank-You Project:
- Show Thanks with a Gratitude Letter, New York Times
- Which books make the best gifts? Authors weigh in, Washington Post
- What’s your favorite book to give as a gift? Real Simple
- Giving Thanks During a Pandemic: “We learn to appreciate things when we lose them”, USA Today
- The Surprising Benefits From a Year of Writing Thank-You Letters, Kind World Podcast, WBUR Boston
- Gratitude: Thank someone who helped you, San Francisco Chronicle
- What Happened When I Wrote My Mom a Thank-You Letter, Greater Good Magazine from the Greater Good Science Center
- A Thank-You Letter to Oakland, Oakland Magazine
- Instead of “I Love You,” Say “Thank You”, TODAY Parenting
- The Persistence Payoff, Write-minded Podcast
- What Are You Grateful For? What Fresh Hell Podcast
Find Playlists from the book on Spotify @daviskho!