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

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

Robert A. Emmons

ISBN: 978-1-118-13129-9 April 2013 Jossey-Bass 208 Pages


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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

From Robert Emmons, the bestselling author of Thanks, comes a resource for cultivating a life of gratitude practices.

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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