Personal Growth

How To Increase Your Satisfaction by 254%?

Ernst-Jan Pfauth wrote the “Dankboek – Diary for a happier life”. Do you know that tendency to think: how can my work be better? How can my life be better? How can I do better? In our performance-driven society, we constantly strive for a better version of ourselves. No wonder that more than one million Dutch people have complaints about being burn-out. For how long will we be rushing? Happiness is strongly related to gratitude. This “thanks book” will help you.


About “Dankboek – Diary for a happier life”

After two years of reading self-help books Ernst-Jan Pfauth came to the conclusion: if you always strive for more and better, you forget to be grateful for what you already have. And that while research shows that happiness is strongly related to gratitude. That is why Ernst-Jan wrote this Thank-Book: a plea for gratitude. With scientifically based tips and personal findings to get more satisfaction from your life. And with a diary that helps you keep this up.

About Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth (1986) is publisher of De Correspondent, for which he wrote two years on self-improvement. The American magazine Forbes included him in the list of 30 most interesting Europeans under 30.

My opinion

When this book fell on the mat with me, I was really impressed. This thanks book has been carefully and carefully designed and that is the same. It not only looks striking because of the use of color in red and green, but you get so much more! A beautiful reading ribbon, bound cover, two colors of paper as inner work: a real eye-catcher that makes my heart beat faster. As you may know, gratitude is one of the most powerful habits that contribute to a happy life. Because those who master the art of gratitude go through life with a more satisfied feeling and are less susceptible to stress. Ernst-Jan Pfauth has a wonderful writing style that allows you to apply his insights and tips for daily life. This is also possible because it has been made accessible. You can not only read about gratitude in this thank-you book, but you can also get started right away. You have enough space to write down the finest experiences – large and small – yourself.

I recognize myself in what Ernst-Jan describes, I also read a lot of self-help books and felt like a productivity machine as he calls it. Ernst-Jan also writes about the idea of ​​writing a novel and the dream that strangers in the train come to him because his book has changed their lives. If I meet him on the train one day or elsewhere, I hope to be able to pass on these compliments that his Thanks Book has actually been able to influence lives (plural!) In a positive way. Both Jord and I enjoy the beautiful tips he gives you and the insights that are shared with the readers. Yes, I can honestly say that we can enjoy it every day. Of course, not every day goes smoothly and according to plan, but the basis has become a lot more stable now that we consciously think about what makes us feel good. We have also grown closer together, great that a book can achieve this, right? I really like the metaphor about practice that Ernst-Jan included in his Thanks Book, and that’s why I like to share it with you: ‘A dreamer can endlessly fantasize about the ideal villa he will ever build. But with only dreams, that villa never comes. You can think better as a construction worker. Someone who stacks brick on brick every day, without giving up until there is actually a house ‘. Whether you want a villa or a tiny house; every day is full of challenges that will make you grow and make you a stronger person. Enjoy this process!


Give yourself more peace, space and life in the now with thanks book so you not only get more satisfaction from life, but you also know how to hold on to it. Apply it from today and you will enjoy it for the rest of your life!

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  • Reply Marry November 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    What a wonderful idea, a book to reflect on what you are grateful for. I became a little silent when I read the beautiful quote you mentioned. So beautiful and well found! Glad to hear that this book brings you so much good…

  • Reply Black Swan November 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Seems like a very nice book!

  • Reply It's Just Me November 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Seems like a nice and meaningful book. I also read a lot of self-help books and was at some point ready, because I did not do anything with them in the end. I have applied the theme of gratitude to the practice a number of times and that gives me so much peace…

  • Reply Patricia Van Klause November 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you, will have a look in the book store here in Amsterdam, when I will be shopping for Xmas gifts for my family! Cheers xx

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