New book shows how a ‘Gift Mindset’ helps reframe your mind during challenging times; outlines valuable life lessons from 12 key soft skills.

Most of us are glad to have 2020 behind us, but what do you want 2021 to be like? How will it be different? Positive psychology research shows that 40% of our happiness is actually determined by how we think and act, yet often we get stuck focusing on the negatives during challenging times rather than seeing the opportunity to look at life differently. So, how can you learn to change your mindset to lead a happier life?

In the fascinating new book, Gift Mindset: Unwrap your 12 gifts to lead and live a life of purpose, connection and contribution (Major Street Publishing $32.95), communication expert Renée Giarrusso shows readers how to adopt a ‘Gift Mindset’ to learn from all life experiences – good and bad – and appreciate the valuable lessons they can teach us in our professional and personal lives.

Each chapter is dedicated to unwrapping each of the 12 gifts – Optimism, Change, Curiosity, Courage, Gratitude, Resilience, Growth, Empathy, Connection, Forgiveness, Contribution and Re-energising – with insights, stories and case studies that illustrate how each gift can be useful, as well as practical tips on how you can reframe a challenge into an opportunity. By deepening and developing each of the 12 soft skill Gifts, we can progress ourselves and others forward.

An insightful and thought-provoking read, Gift Mindset empowers you with the tools to embrace challenges and lead a happier life.


Author Renée Giarrusso is a sought-after communication expert and founder of RG Dynamics and Limitless Leaders. She is a keynote speaker, trainer, mentor and a professional certified coach (PCC). She passionately works organisations to energise mindset and accelerate communication to lift performance and create collaborative and connected cultures.