Janice Kaplan

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Do some people have all the luck? Janice Kaplan uncovers the new science of luck and shows how many of the events we think of as random really aren’t. With compelling examples from business and celebrities, she describes the principles that allow you to create luck in work, love, and life. In this exciting talk, she helps audiences see how they can recognize opportunities, take unusual paths, and become luckier than they ever imagined.

After overseeing a major national survey on gratitude, Janice Kaplan spent a year living more gratefully. From both extensive research and personal experience, she describes how gratitude can improve every aspect of life including marriage, career, and health. She explains how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. With warmth and wit, she inspires an audience to think positively and start living their own best year ever.


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Janice Kaplan is a journalist, TV producer, and author. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine where her upbeat editorial style inspired some 70 million readers every Sunday. Her own interviews with stars including Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and Daniel Craig got international attention. She first proved her talent for speaking to a wide audience as the executive producer of more than 30 television specials for ABC, FOX and other networks and as the deputy editor of TV Guide Magazine.

Janice is the author and co-author of a dozen bestselling books and novels.  Her latest, “The Gratitude Diaries: How A Year Looking On the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life” life has been called “warm, inspiring, and wonderful.” Publisher’s Weekly praised it as “insightful and loaded with compelling research” and said that Janice’s own example of positive thinking “provides the most convincing testament to her ideas.” Janice graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and won Yale’s Murray Fellowship for writing. She has appeared regularly on television, including the Today show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.

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