The Gift of Thanks
The roots, persistence, and paradoxical meanings of a social ritual
Harper Collins Canada, 2008
# ISBN-10: 0002007886
# ISBN-13: 978-0002007887
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Nothing orders our lives so smoothly and so subtly as the almost invisible ordinary. The simple habit of saying “thank you,” and the notion of gratitude that underlies it, can be a key to understanding many of the basic assumptions, preferences, and needs of Western culture. Yet most people think surprisingly little about gratitude.
—From The Gift of Thanks
"The Gift of Thanks is one of those uncommon books that not only tells you things you always wanted to know and convices you that they are true, but also makes you want to begin to change your life."
William Bryant Logan, The Globe and Mail, September 6th, 2008
"Visser, as always, is unique."
Brian Bethune, MacLeans Magazine, August 27th, 2008
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The Gift of Thanks is number two on the list, September 25, 2008