"Gratitude floats our boats and has us doing all kinds of things inspired by joy. Gratitude can help us transform our fears into courage, our anger into forgiveness, our isolation into belonging, and another's pain into healing," write Mary Beth Sammons, an award-winning journalist and author, and Nina Lesowitz, who runs Spinergy Group. This lively and energizing paperback charts the balance, pleasure, abundance, and happiness that can come into the lives of all those who practice gratitude day by day.

The book contains many stories and personal testimonies to this esteemed virtue. Among the subjects covered in ten chapters are "Stay Well," "Keys to Living Your Life," "Staying Thankful in Difficult Times," "Making a Difference in the World," and "Finding Grace and Wisdom in Goodbyes." As you immerse yourself in these accounts, you will marvel at the relevance of the spiritual practice of gratitude to problems such as greed, depression, anxiety, negativity, and physical and emotional illness. We were especially impressed by the variety of inspiring and thoughtful quotations on gratitude. Here is a sampler:

• "Gratitude is the intention to count your blessings every day, every minute, while avoiding, whenever possible, the belief that you need or deserve different circumstances."
Timothy Miller

• "When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears."
Anthony Robbins

• "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
Albert Schweitzer

• "Expressing gratitude is a natural state of being and reminds us that we are all connected."
Valerie Elster

• "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy — they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust

• "Gratitude is the memory of the heart."
Jean-Baptiste Massieu

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