BOOK REVIEW OF ‘VITAMIN G : GRATITUDE’ BY PRASHANT JAIN

Book Title: Vitamin G : Gratitude

Subtitle: The Daily Supplement to Create a Magical Life of Fulfillment You Deserve

Author: Prashant Jain

Total Number of Pages: 200

Publisher: BSC Publishers and Distributors

Publication Date: 1 Jan 2018

Format: Kindle e-book

Language: English

Genre: Non-fiction / Self-help / Motivational

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Vitamin G: Gratitude
The daily supplement to create the magical life you deserve.
42 Grateful Living Practices for Joy, Abundance, and Resilience in less than 5-minutes a day .
Do you feel taken for granted by your loved ones?
Is there too much complaining in your workplace?
Do you wish there was less Entitlement and Envy in the world?
Then “Vitamin G: Gratitude” is the Answer!
You will shift to practicing authentic gratitude in a world of transactional thanking with this book.
Through stories, humour, exercises, wordplay, reflections and 42 quick practices (that you can do in less than 5 minutes a day) makes Magic happen in all aspects of your life like relationships, health, happiness, work, business, money.
Embracing Gratitude and Grateful Living through this book will help you develop resilience to face life’s major challenges and adversities, rewire your brain towards optimism, and heal through emotional and physical well-being, as well as unleash inner and outer abundance.

Through almost a decade of life experimentation, latest scientific proven research, ancient wisdom and practical daily common sense, the techniques in this book will help you connect to Gratitude and Grateful Living at the core of your being through the 6A framework.
In “Vitamin G: Gratitude”, Prashant Jain – Entrepreneur & Gratitude Coach, brings together incidents from his life with a narrative, making the case for the miraculous power of gratitude to bring joy, increase life satisfaction and maximize the quality of life.

This book draws insights from Prashant’s own inspiring story of being a millionaire at 24 to facing adversities and depression besides two suicide attempts, to resurrecting and creating a magical life of Fulfillment through the transformational power of Gratitude.

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REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

Vitamin G Gratitude by Prashant Jain

I have been reading too many non-fiction books, especially of the self-help genre. But, I haven’t come across any book which would be totally based on Gratitude, or Vitamin G as the author calls it, until I landed on ‘Vitamin G Gratitude’.

Most self-help books tend to cater to the topic of personal development, but this book is completely dedicated to Gratitude which if you think of, is an integral part of personal development. I wonder why I haven’t come across the gratitude part in other self-help books that I have read previously.

Gratitude can be a tricky part of our life. Often times when we don’t really mean to say “thank you”, we still utter those words. Why? It maybe out of habit or it could be because we are trying to please someone or we are seeking somebody’s approval. Feeling grateful by someone’s act is one thing, and showing that you are grateful is another thing. The author has beautifully described the differences between these two conditions in the first few chapters. People even use gratitude as a means of bribery. We even strike a deal with God, offering our gratitude (for example, walking the distance from our home to the temple bare feet, offering 1 litre of milk to Shiva, etc.) in exchange for our grants, as the author points out.

“Gratitude cannot be a transaction or a bribery born out of expectations; it is the expression of our true thankful nature.”

Vitamin G gratitude not only talks about gratitude but also offers many practice chapters which ensures that we can perform the act of gratitude in our daily lives. The practices are simple and easy to follow. There are 42 practices throughout the book and each one of them can be easily applied to our lives.

I really like it when authors of self-help books not only talks on the topic but also leaves plenty of scopes for the readers to acquire the knowledge and apply it to their lives. Prashant Jain has done the same thing with this book. He had created some interactive chapters where he has given many practice works which the readers can perform. Another thing is, the book not only carries paragraphs but it also has several graphical interpretations of the topics discussed.

The book is divided into 6 main parts and there’s a total of 42 chapters. We don’t generally break down Gratitude in so many processes and think of it as a step by step inculcation. But the author has described the topic of Gratitude in a step by step manner and has covered all the points within this vast topic. From “knowing” gratitude to “being”, he has covered everything in-between. There might be 42 chapters, but they are very short. So, I wasn’t exhausted by the time I finished reading it.

The author has also given many of his real life examples and have related them to each chapter. This to me was a big thing because in self-help books, at times authors tend to give way too many “preachings” than actually speaking from experience. If you don’t get to see that the author himself/herself have applied his/her tips in their lives, how can you be convinced that what they are saying will bring a change in your lives? So, setting examples and relating them to the discussed topics is important.

WHAT I LIKED –

The narration of the book is really good. It isn’t monotonous and with the addition of the practice chapters, the readers can respond to them and the overall setting is interactive.

The part which I liked the most would be the way the author has distinguished between the concept of “indebtedness” and “gratitude”.

“Expecting others to respond sooner or later is assuming indebtedness on the part of others. Gratitude is a ripple that traverses the universe and touches many lives.”

The author has used simple language to describe everything. This would be really helpful for beginner readers to understand easily. Also, he has really delved into the topic and have discussed everything in detail. Simple english is a plus point when you are acquainting the readers with the topic and discussing everything in detail. In this case, had there been usage of sophisticated words, it would have been a turn off for me.

I really liked the author’s writing style.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER –

There’s nothing much. I absolutely loved almost everything about the book.

There were some grammatical errors but they are really minor ones and can be easily edited out through a round of editing.

The cover is good for a non-fiction book but I would have liked it better if there had been some illustrations or pictures, something graphic.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK –

Everyone? Yes, I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book. We have inculcated several “good” habits since our birth, why not practice gratitude? And while we are at it, it would be good not to confuse gratitude for something else. This book is an exploration of Gratitude and can also help to broaden the ideas we have of gratitude which in turn will make one look back on his/her action and maybe apply the theory of gratitude on a daily basis.

Parents, teachers, children, teenagers, young adults, elders…anyone can read this book.

MY FINAL VERDICT

If you like the genre of Non-fiction, then you would like this book. But, if you are someone who had sworn that you would never explore the non-fiction genre, then this might not be a good choice for you because to truly like and understand this book, first you have to like this genre.

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RATINGS :

Book Cover : ⭐⭐⭐

Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐.8

Concept: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐.8

Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐.5

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW OF ‘VITAMIN G : GRATITUDE’ BY PRASHANT JAIN

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book. I’ll be looking it up. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Yes, it is. I was actually a bit sceptical before picking up this book but this was surprisingly different from other self-help books that I have read!

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