Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

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A purposeful guide for cultivating gratitude as a way of life

Recent dramatic advances in our understanding of gratitude have changed the question from "does gratitude work?" to "how do we get more of it?" This book explores evidence-based practices in a compelling and accessible way and provides a step-by-step guide to cultivating gratitude in their lives. Gratitude Works! also shows how religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions validate the greatest insights of science about gratitude. New book from Robert Emmons the bestselling author of Thanks Filled with practical tips for fostering gratitude as a way of life Includes scientific research as well as religious and philosophical insights to show how gratitude can work in our lives
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Take a Moment to Smell the Roses

The scent of orange blossoms has always reminded me of spring. The scent of it wafting through my window as I drive never fails to put a smile on my face. For you it may be roses or lilies, or daffodils. Sometimes something as simple as the scent of a certain flower can bring a moment of pure happiness.It makes us aware of the now.

Your assignment today, if you choose to accept, is to take the time to smell a flower. It won’t take you long and may leave you with a smile for the rest of the day.

Draw it Out – Happiness Strategy

Do you have a few goals that you just haven’t been able to get to? Perhaps its because you haven’t been able to visualize them properly. You need to be able to see them to achieve them.

Here is your daily happiness exercise:

Get out a pen and paper or even better markers and crayons and paper.

Draw out a scene of you actually having accomplished your goal.

This does not need to be a work of art! Stick figures are fine.

Just something to get your imagination in line with your aspiration.

Put as much detail as you can into it, until you can actually see what you are intending to manifest into your life.

Like a challenge? Create several pictures. One where you are now. One what you need to do to get what you want. And finally the third picture where you actually have it. This creates a little cartoon. Flip the pages from your beginning picture to the one where you have what you want.