- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118131290
- ISBN-13: 978-1118131299
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity 1st Edition
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From the Author: Surprising Findings from the Science of Gratitude
The science of gratitude has revealed a number of surprising and counterintuitive findings. Among these:
Thanking is Thinking
Students who practice gratitude increase their grade point average.
Less is More
Occasional gratitude journaling boosts well-being more than does the regular practice of counting blessings.
Remember the Bad
Remembering one’s sorrows, failures, and other painful experiences is more beneficial to happiness than recalling only successes.
Seize the Day
Becoming aware that a very pleasant experience is about to end enhances feelings of gratitude for it.
The George Bailey Effect
Thinking about the absence of something positive in your life produces more gratitude and happiness than imagining its presence.
The Eccentric Privilege of Life
Reflecting about one’s own death produces an increase in gratitude in comparison to two control conditions.
Pass the Tissues
Watching a tear-jerker increases gratitude more than does watching a comedy film.
Gratitude Deficit Disorder
Although women are more grateful than men, people who benefit most from gratitude journaling are those men who are initially less grateful before they begin to journal.
"Gratitude Works! is a must read! Robert Emmons, the world's leading gratitude researcher, offers a science-based prescription for transforming our lives personally and professionally through the power of gratitude. Gratitude Works! is one of those books you will want to share with all the people you care about. It is a gift to us all."?David J. Pollay, author of The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Stop People from Dumping on You "Everyone on this planet has one common wish: to be happy. When I allowed gratitude to enter my everyday life, I found my happiness and my performance skyrocketed. I always enjoy listening to Dr. Emmons talk about this amazing topic. Read this book!"?Ed Tseng, author of Game. Set. Life. - Peak Performance for Sports and Life
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With effort, one could construct a program from this book to perform in 21 days (assuming that the time spent reading and trying to connect the exercises to the assignments in that brief organizational coda don't count as part of it).
Why didn't the editor--who is credited with organizing this book--not notice that critical information about the titular 21-day program, i.e., what specifically to do on what day, is not only vague, but tossed into the final pages of the book like an afterthought? Very strange oversight there.
I stopped when it once the book instructed me to picture myself dying or my loved ones dying. The author does not take into consideration that the reader may suffer from anxiety. Replaying death in an anxious person's mind does not help with gratitude, it exacerbates panic. It may be safe to assume many people who struggle with staying positive may have issues with anxiety and depression.
This book about gratitude had religion and politics embedded throughout. It ended up being about prayer and quotes George W. Bush. No thank you!
The author came off like a preachy professor who things modern students are lazy. He may as well being saying, "Millennials, they're the worst." The narrator sounds like he is reciting lines for an action movie preview (Think, "IN A WORLD")
Gratitude journaling is a good idea however reading this book if you are liberal and non-religious is not a good idea. I hope this review saves someone some money.
The main part of the book looks at gratitude from different perspectives - sociological, psychological, etc. There are also reports of a number of trials run over time to determine how people feel after specific active practices of gratitude journaling compared to people who do other types of journaling. The people who actively practice gratitude all reported feeling happier by the end of the trials, so I decided to give it a go.
The program consists of writing from 7 different perspective of gratitude, one per day for 7 days then cycling through the 7 perspectives again, then once more. I'm about half way through the program and I'm already feeling happier overall. I can identify the perspectives that work best for me, but I can see the value of all 7 of the perspectives.
Journaling about what I am grateful for 10-15 minutes a day is definitely worth the time, since I feel so much better while doing it!
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