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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Sterling Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 X 0.56 (inches)|
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Located in: Los Angeles, CA
Submitted: November 12, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. Twice presented in Beverly Hills as a debutante through the Social Service Auxiliary and National Charity League, Kelly Browne has written hundreds of thank-you notes in her personal, social, and professional life. She was awarded the prestigious United States Presidents Volunteer Service Award, holds several pageant titles, is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is authorized by the esteemed Protocol School of Washington® to teach Modern Manners for Children. A former film and television development executive, Ms. Browne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Television Arts as well as a Master of Arts degree in Communication/Screenwriting, from California State University at Northridge.
What was your motivation behind this project? Since so many people have asked me how this book came to be, let me briefly explain. Although I was raised with my mothers insistence that thank-you notes were mandatory following the receipt of a gift or act of kindness, I found that as my life progressed they were becoming more and more infrequent. When I sent a thank you note, people were surprised and often said to me, its such a hard thing for me to write I just dont know how to do it. And so they didnt send one at all. Remember, when you dont thank someone for the gift they gave you, not only is it inconsiderate, its hurtful and harmful to your reputation. Studies have actually shown that when someone says, thank-you, it creates a chain-reaction of kindness that in turn promotes a cycle of gratitude. It shouldnt be a mystery why so many philosophers and religions embrace gratitude as a valuable state of well-being. People are happier when they are grateful. Imagine the positive effect we could each have if we made showing our appreciation part of our daily practice.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I am hoping that in some small way I have inspired all of you to look around and see what you have to be grateful for. I hope you will wholeheartedly use this information, spread civility, be Ambassador's of Goodwill and express your gratitude through thank you notes that make a difference. And please...give the gift of gratitude and see what happens to you.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I had no idea how many people just didn't know how to say "thank-you" and were so tremendously grateful to have a timeless book they could refer to that crossed generations. I have been at book signing where people have asked me to sign dozens of books to give as gifts to delicately remind their loved ones the importance of being grateful.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My parents, Richard & Peggy Learman along with my strong faith were the core of my inspiration. My husband and children gave me the reason to write this book. Many years ago my Aunt passed away and I realized in that moment that the most important things to me were things money couldn't buy - that was my family.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am a wife and mother. There were moments when I didn't know how I would be able to write and still do all the things I had to do in the course of the day and not sacrifice my family. I wrote for an hour every morning before everyone woke up. And before I wrote, I prayed and asked our Lord to give me the words he wanted me to write. And he did.