Gratitude is the simple, scientifically proven way to increase happiness and encourage greater joy, love, peace, and optimism into our lives. Through easy practices, such as keeping a daily gratitude journal, writing letters of thanks, and meditating on the good we have received, we can improve our health and wellbeing, enhance our relationships, encourage healthy sleep, and heighten feelings of connectedness. Easily accessible and available to everyone, the practice of gratitude will benefit every area of your life and generate a positive ripple effect. This beautiful book, written by Dr Robert A Emmons, Professor of Psychology at UC Davis, California, discusses the benefits of gratitude and teaches easy techniques to foster gratitude every day.
Learning how to experience gratitude involves being grateful as a attitude, not as a reaction when good things occur. One does not need to wait until things are perfect before being grateful; in fact, it may be just the opposite. It could be that the act of being grateful, in itself, makes one receptive to life's blessings, and these blessings continue as we continue to be thankful.The study of gratitude is one that looks at moral barometers, emotions, and the effect this feeling has on health and happiness. In fact, G. K. Chesterton said, "The test of all happiness is gratitude." Emmons draws from gratitude research projects that followed participants who were randomly selected to write down either the things they were grateful for or items of complaint over a period of ten weeks. The study showed that gratitude led to more positive emotional states and inspired people to be more helpful to others.The act of gratitude is one that provides gifts to the giver and receiver. The illuminating words of this book will inspire readers to recognize how truly blessed we are. This has been beautifully stated by the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast, "Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life."
This stunning, colour-illustrated guide includes practices to help you let go of everyday stresses and find inner peace. With practical tools, strategies and exercises harnessing the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, creativity, relaxation and compassion, this book will guide you towards your own inner peace and help you to find harmony with those around you: family, friends, your community and the world. CONTENTS Introduction 1. Grounded and Rooted 2. Relaxation 3. Equinamity 4. Acceptance 5. Gratitude 6. Compassion 7. Beyond Yourself Toward World Peace
Helps readers to reflect on the role of gratitude in their lives and to cultivate this virtue for their own benefit. The first author to offer a critique of gratitude through an explanation of various types of gratitude, Charles Shelton uses his skills as a clinical psychologist to present insights into the human experience of gratitude based on his own research. The exercises, strategies, and reflection questions threaded throughout the book give it a practical dimension that facilitates the reader's growth. Shelton's highly original reflection on Jesus as a grateful person lends a spiritual dimension to his work. This book will benefit individual readers as well as serve as a resource for spiritual direction workshops, spiritual formation courses, or ministry formation programs.--From publisher description.
"Everyone should read this. Mindfulness is such a great way to live life to the full." - Amazon Customer "The greatest 'little book' ever! Take my advice, buy it now and you will wonder how you ever managed without it!" - Amazon Customer "Patrizia Collard's depth of experience as a teacher and practitioner shines through. I love this little book!" - Amazon Customer "Great book to pick up if you just have a few minutes a day." - Amazon Customer "I carry it with me everywhere. Lovely little calming book." - Amazon Customer "Delightful little book." - Amazon Customer Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become the slow way to manage the modern world - without chanting mantras or setting aside hours of time for meditation. Dr Patrizia Collard will show you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and, ultimately, find more peace in your life. This beautifully illustrated book will set you and your family on the road of mindfulness so you can lead a more mindful, peaceful and relaxed life. Find long-lasting happiness with The Little Book of Mindfulness! CONTENTS: 1. Being in the Now 2. Accept and Respond 3. Making Your Mind Up 4. Simply Be 5. Mindful Eating 6. Gratitude and Compassion 7. Everyday Mindfulness
Award Finalist in the Self-Help: Journals & Quotes category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes shares appreciation for the people, places, and events that shape and enrich our lives. Here is joy. Here is kindness. Here is inspiration to be inspired and to keep inspiring others. Give thanks. Give it freely. An uplifting collection of 365 quotes, this book encourages kindness, thankfulness, and being appreciative for what life offers. Thematically arranged in twelve sections that include "Compassion," "Forgiveness," "Kindness," "Success," and "Wisdom" the book includes a gratitude checklist and lots of food for thought.The book shares unforgettable quotes from more than 100 authors including Emily Dickinson, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, Eleanor Roosevelt, and William Shakespeare. This is an accessible book that readers will pick up again and again to help find the right words for inspiration. Timeless, classic, and filled with grace, The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes is the perfect exchange of thanksgiving and praise. An accoutrement to both giving and receiving thanks, this charming tutorial is organized to show appreciation every day, year in and year out, to those who make a difference in our lives--and it celebrates our willingness to spread kind words. These quotes have stood the test of time and each can be used for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement.There's so much to be thankful for and this book is a jumping off point to begin the simple act of praise and thanksgiving. Make today a day of fellowship and good cheer.
A purposeful guide for cultivating gratitude as a way of life explores evidence-based practices while providing step-by-step advice for practicing gratitude in accordance with religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions that support scientific principles. By the best-selling author of Thanks.
365 DAYS. TWO WORDS. ONE MIRACULOUS TRUE STORY. One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low. All aspects of his life seemed to be failing: his relationships with his children and partner, his work, his health. Then, hiking on New Year's Day, John was struck by the thought that his life might become at least tolerable if he could be grateful for what he had. Inspired by a beautiful, simple note he had received thanking him for a Christmas gift, John set himself the goal of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year. One by one, day after day, he handwrote thank yous for gifts or kindnesses he'd received, large and small, from loved ones and coworkers, past business associates and current foes, school friends and doctors and handymen and neighbours, and anyone, really, who'd done him a good turn. Immediately after he'd sent his very first notes, surprising benefits began to come John's way. Over the year John was writing his notes, his whole life turned around. 365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir, its touching message delivered in the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.
A proponent of the field of positive psychology offers a close-up study of the positive influence on people's lives of the systematic cultivation of gratitude, explaining how the practice of grateful thinking can increase one's chances for happiness and help one cope more effectively with stress, recover more quickly from illness, enjoy better physical health, improve relationships, and other benefits. Reprint.
In this New York Times bestseller, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and transforms her marriage, family life, work and health. Her pioneering reseach was praised in People and Vanity Fair and hailed on TV shows including Today, The O’Reilly Factor, and CBS’s The Talk. On New Year’s Eve, journalist and former Parade Editor-in-Chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have. Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness. She learns how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness. With warmth, humor, and appealing insight, Janice’s journey will empower readers to think positively and start living their own best year ever. From the Hardcover edition.
Nearly 60% of today's marriages end in divorce, and of the 40% that stay intact, many languish. What is the secret to relationships that not only survive, but thrive? In Happy Together, positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski reveal for the first time how to apply the principles of positive psychology to create and enjoy healthy, successful, and satisfying relationships that last. Combining their deep knowledge in this field with extensive scientific research, real-life examples, advice from relationship scientists, and fun exercises and quizzes for couples, they identify four key areas that are crucial for building and sustaining love over the long run- passion, positive emotions, savoring, and strengths. Their easy-to-follow, step-by-step method shows how to cultivate these elements successfully at any stage of a partnership or marriage. Inspiring, encouraging and accessible,Happy Togetheris the essential roadmap to rewarding, long-lasting romance for any couple, whether they're looking to start off a relationship on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. 'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.
Discover the simple, yet profound, wisdom inside the little book being passed from hand to hand, from friend to friend, since it debuted in small local gift shops and bookstores across the country... The Gratitude Jar is a book that has come to light when the world deeply needs to read its message. The story itself is a heartwarming, inspirational tale of spiritual transformation and self-discovery, but it is also a guidebook with the power to instantly release the negative belief systems no longer serving you....and to direct your steps with new energy onto the path of joy and personal freedom. Nourish your soul and restore your faith in the goodness of the world as you begin to use its simple truths within your daily life. The time is right to hear its message, and to accept the invitation that awaits inside its pages to a joyful and inspiring new life.
Discover positive ways to be thankful for lifeâ€™s infinite possibilitiesâ€”starting from today. Can being more grateful change your life? Ongoing research suggests that it does. Practicing gratitude has a positive impact on the brain and changes the way we feel about the worldâ€”and each other. It transforms our lives from the inside outâ€”and The Power of Gratitude explains how. Gratitude extends far beyond the ritual of sharing gifts or saying thank you. It is a form of recognitionâ€”a way of appreciating the kindness, beauty, and wonder that life has to offer. Gratitude connects us to one another and to the world we live in. It increases our wish to nurture, help, and protect one anotherâ€”and increases our sense of belonging. Included are practical and conscious ways to embrace gratitude that have lasting meaning, from creative ways to turn a simple thank you into a heartfelt gift to strategies to help us to see life with brighter eyes. Try keeping a gratitude journal, whether on paper or using an app, or making a gratitude altar. Discover meditations to end your day on a grateful note and to help you find your way back to thankfulness when times are hard. You will soon find that gratitude becomes a way of life and will reap the benefits, both emotional and physical.
"This book features more than 300 everyday activities to help you become a better person and make a positive impact on the people around you. How to Be a Better Person is a practical guide that can help you make a positive impact in your home, community, and relationships"--
What are the two most important days in your life? "The day you are born and the day you find out why," Mark Twain famously wrote. The search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it? Through inspirational storytelling, scientific evidence, practical advice, captivating exercises, and poetry, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild present a powerful message that shows you how to achieve happiness no matter the challenges and stumbling blocks you face along the way. They also reveal the best way to be happy: Discover and live your life’s purpose. It’s a sure path to human flourishing. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that living with purpose can even add years to your life. Do you know your life’s purpose? This book offers a path to discovering it by illuminating the value of gratitude, forgiveness, meditation, music, friendship and so much more. It will set you on the right path and spark sustained happiness, joy and bliss.
Review I'm a little teary actually as it is so nice to read something so natural, positive, awakening, so self believing. (Amazon Customer) By writing about 101 different ways to add Peace to your life, with personal anecdotes from her own journey, Cherry makes it abundantly clear just how easy it can be to make the changes needed to begin your own journey towards Peace. (Amazon Customer) I have only had this book a couple of days and it has made me cry. It has made me cry with joy and understanding, I am going through a very difficult time at the moment and the sense and clarity in this book is of enormous help. (Amazon Customer) Book Description If you ask people what they'd most like to be, disregarding those who immediately shout out 'rich' and/or 'famous', the answer will be 'happy'. And that's a great ambition, don't get me wrong - but it's not enough. Happiness is not enough to sustain us for very long. It is a transitory emotion and there's still that light bulb moment when we realize we're not as happy as we once were. Sometimes we end up making huge life changes in order to get those feelings of happiness back. And these things may work or they may not. I'm not here to destroy your concept of happiness as I think it's vitally important. What I feel I must share with you is something that's an even greater gift than happiness. It is longer lasting, its foundations are stronger, it can weather any storm and it'll give you a sense of confidence that will enable you to manifest your dreams, goals and desires. What is it? Peace. This book contains 101 chapters that will lead you on the remarkable journey towards knowing deep Peace in all aspects of your life, work, home and dreams. Read it from cover to cover or dip in and out as and when the need takes you. And enjoy the miraculous and life-changing power of Peace in your life, forever.
WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU TODAY? What if five minutes could change your routine and change your day? What if you checked in with how you are feeling for just those few minutes, maybe sitting down over that cup of coffee or tea, or quietly sitting by the window before you head towards the shower? Writing things down has been shown to help people more successfully achieve their dreams and goals. It is a way to help us focus on what matters, prioritise what we are going to do for the day ahead and track our progress. Five Minutes in the Morning offers a beautiful space and creative exercises to encourage reflection and intention setting at the start of the day. ALL IT TAKES IS FIVE MINUTES IN THE MORNING.
Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness encourages readers to press pause for a few moments every day to gain life-changing insights from metaphors found in the most unlikely places. Whether it's from watching a favorite pet, a calm moment with nature, or a trip through the car wash, lessons to challenge and improve our well-being are everywhere, when we're mindfully watching for them. In Finding the Gift, Angela Howell has captured 366 unique meditations to help readers see life from a greater perspective, so they can really "get the lesson" and apply new insights to their own lives. As we embrace mindful living and improve how we show up in the world, the world becomes a better place for everyone.