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4th annual summer read looks on the bright side of life

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For the fourth year in a row WITF’s Transforming Health teams up with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and the Central PA library systems to present the “Summer Read”. The goal is to engage readers across Central PA in a conversation about how being grateful and looking on the bright side can transform your life. Through September, the public is invited to participate in “A Summer Read”, a unique program encouraging residents to visit local libraries to borrow The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life written by bestselling author Janice Kaplan and hold discussions with their book clubs, friends, family and colleagues.

In this New York Times bestseller, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully–always looking on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.

Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness. She learns how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness.

Participants in “A Summer Read” will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Kaplan during a private book signing, and hear her speak on October 5, 2016 at the Strand-Capitol Theatre in York. Thirty winners will be chosen. 

Visit these libraries to borrow the book: 

Adams County Library System 

Berks County Library System 

Cumberland County Library System

Dauphin County Library System 

Franklin County Library System 

Hershey Public Library 

Library System of Lancaster County 

Lebanon County Library System 

Middletown Public Library 

Perry County Libraries 

York County Library System 

Interested in a discussion guide? Download here

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