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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life

We all know the power of positive thinking. But did you know that the power of gratitude can change your life too? People who see the silver linings, count their blessings, and maintain perspective weather the ups and downs of life much better than those who bemoan their fates and focus on the negative.

Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person — it doesn’t have to come naturally. At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we see stories all the time about people who have turned their lives around by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, by filling in gratitude journals, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.

We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.

Here are some suggested topics to get your creative juices flowing:

• Learning to smile
• Keeping a gratitude journal or doing some kind of daily gratitude exercise
• Finding happiness during adversity
• Counting your blessings
• Simplifying and finding joy in that
• Using your positive thinking to approach each day
• An epiphany that changed your perspective
• Teaching your loved ones to use gratitude
• Before and after gratitude stories
• Finding joy in friends and family
• Learning how to say thank you
• The joy of giving

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

Remember that all stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1200 words. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if it is a perfect fit for this title. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which has a list price of $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2015. The book will be published during the summer of 2016.

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