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For most of us, gratitude comes easily when things are going well. But putting it into practice when life throws you a curveball is another story. In Gratitude: The Essential Practice for Happiness and Fulfillment, cultural anthropologist and educator Angeles Arrien shows you how to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes a way of life - simply and naturally.

Integrating the newest social science research with stories, prayers, insights, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the world, Arrien gives you the time-tested wisdom to help you master the art of giving thanks every day. Gratitude invites you to explore:

  • How to overcome habitual tendencies toward envy, comparison, and narcissism
  • The top 10 practices for remaining grateful, including keeping a gratitude journal, "remembering the bad to appreciate the good", and regularly writing notes and letters of thanks
  • Naikan - the Japanese Buddhist practice of intensely meditating on your interconnections to develop a steady flow of gratitude in relationships
  • Indigenous teachings about using daydreams and wishes to create a spirit of healing and blessing

Recent studies have shown that a daily gratitude practice can significantly change your life, improving sleep, overall energy, and emotional well-being. With Gratitude, Angeles Arrien offers you an inspiring call to open your heart and experience the profound gifts that come when we fully embrace gratitude.

©2009 Angeles Arrien (P)2009 Angeles Arrien

Featured Article: The Best Listens on Practicing Gratitude for Adults and Children Alike


Let's be honest—it can be hard to make time for conscious gratitude...sometimes it’s hard to even understand why you should be grateful for anything at all. But focusing on thankfulness can have rewarding effects on a person’s health—mentally, spiritually, and even physically. The following audiobooks offer helpful ways to practice gratitude, and insights into why it’s vital to do so, with listens for both children and adults.

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Um excelente texto inspirador para reconhecer e praticar a gratitão como instrumento pra o bem estar.

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I love it!!!

Thank you so much Angeles Arrien wherever you are!!!! this book is full of wisdom and magic!!! The stories are perfect for the purpose and I appreciate and enjoyed them deeply!!!

Thank you!!!!