Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity [NOOK Book]

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"Gratitude is important not only because it helps us feelgood, but also because it inspires us to do good.Gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives...

Gratitude takes us outside our scope so we see ourselves as partof a larger, intricate network of sustaining relationships,relationships that are mutually reciprocal."

—From the Preface

From Robert Emmons, the best-selling author of THANKS!,comes a vital resource that shows us how to tap ...

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

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Overview

"Gratitude is important not only because it helps us feelgood, but also because it inspires us to do good.Gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives...

Gratitude takes us outside our scope so we see ourselves as partof a larger, intricate network of sustaining relationships,relationships that are mutually reciprocal."

—From the Preface

From Robert Emmons, the best-selling author of THANKS!,comes a vital resource that shows us how to tap into the power andgrace of gratitude. Emmons draws on a wide array of research,including his own, to show that the practice of gratitude can havedramatic and lasting effects on and in our lives. It can lowerblood pressure, improve immune function, promote happiness andwell-being, and spur acts of helpfulness, generosity, andcooperation.

The organic metaphor of "growing gratitude" is a powerful imagefor conveying basic truths of how we reap the benefits of a moregratitude-filled life. We do not acquire gratitude; we cultivate itthrough daily practices that make it a deeply ingraineddisposition. This accessible book provides a twenty-one-day,step-by-step guide for cultivating gratitude practices—theconcrete things you can do to grow your mind and direct youractions toward a more grateful worldview. Through practice, givingthanks grows from the ground of one's being. Grateful feelings,once buried, can surface if we take the time to notice andreflect.

A French proverb states that gratitude is the memory of theheart—it is the way that the heart remembers. If you want tobe a grateful person then you must remember to remember.Gratitude Works! will show you how.

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"Gratitude Works! is a must read! Robert Emmons, the world'sleading gratitude researcher, offers a science-based prescriptionfor transforming our lives personally and professionally throughthe power of gratitude. Gratitude Works! is one of those books youwill want to share with all the people you care about. It is a giftto us all."—David J. Pollay, author of The Lawof the Garbage Truck: How to Stop People from Dumping on You

"Everyone on this planet has one common wish: to be happy. WhenI allowed gratitude to enter my everyday life, I found my happinessand my performance skyrocketed. I always enjoy listening to Dr.Emmons talk about this amazing topic. Read thisbook!"—Ed Tseng, author of Game. Set. Life. -Peak Performance for Sports and Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118420850
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 252,900
  • File size: 709 KB

Meet the Author

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is professor of psychology atthe University of California, Davis. He is past president of theAmerican Psychological Association's Division 36, The Psychology ofReligion. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of TheJournal of Positive Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Challenge of Gratitude 1

2 Journaling for Gratitude 19

3 Beyond the Journal: Gratitude Letters and Visits 49

4 Growing Gratitude Through Spiritual Disciplines 75

5 The Biggest Obstacle to Gratitude—and Its Remedy 105

6 Gratitude, Suffering, and Redemption 131

7 The Twenty-One-Day Gratitude Challenge 159

Notes 173

Additional Readings 185

About the Author 186

Index 188

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