The Power of Appreciation: The Upside of Down Times Published by Outskirts Press

Nationally recognized gratitude expert and speaker Lisa Ryan helps readers discover the power of gratitude and appreciation to create positive results in health, wealth, business and beyond.

Royalton, OH, July 06, 2012 --( Gratitude expert, speaker and author Lisa Ryan announced today the release of The Upside of Down Times, Discovering the Power of Gratitude, published by Outskirts Press. Ryan’s self-help guide is designed to encourage individuals to improve their lives through a more consistent practice of gratitude. She also promotes a more widespread “gratitude movement” in our current society, which would benefit from moving away from feelings of entitlement and dissatisfaction to attitudes of a greater appreciation for life.

Author Ryan understands that practicing gratitude transforms lives and she uses documented research to support her own personal stories and anecdotes of the benefits of appreciation. She presents clinical studies, for example, which show that just five minutes of practicing gratitude can significantly boost a person’s immune system for up to six hours while at the same time stabilizing the heart rate. The practice of appreciation offers positive physical effects.

Studies also show that in a corporate culture where the practice of gratitude prevails, customer satisfaction increases and employee and customer turnover decreases. Because of this, gratitude can directly affect a company’s bottom line profits.

Ryan shows that the practice of gratitude is both a science and an art and her personal tales and examples from the lives of others help readers relate personally to her concepts. Additionally, she provides exercises at the end of each chapter so that readers can start participating immediately in the material they are learning.

“I highly recommend this book if you want to be happier, healthier and wealthier. I read this book in one sitting and began implementing some of the ideas the next day. The ideas are easy to implement but powerful in their results.” - Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles

“Lisa Ryan captivates you with her passion, humor, and enthusiasm for the power of gratitude when you read The Upside of Down Times. Her personal stories, funny anecdotes and insightful research help you find all the reasons to be grateful in life.” - John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

The Upside of Down Times is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-9055-4 SRP: $19.95
Genre: Self-help/personal growth/success/happiness/motivation and inspiration

About the author:

Lisa Ryan is a nationally recognized gratitude expert and founder of Grategy,® a company specializing in keynotes, workshops and seminars. A dynamic, inspirational communicator, she helps individuals and organizations get results by harnessing the power of appreciation. Lisa has more than twenty years of experience in sales, marketing and training. She has been featured in two movies, The Keeper of the Keys and The Gratitude Experiment and she co-authored the book With Excellence.
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