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Making Miracles in 40 Days

Updated on October 25, 2013

The Book That Changed My Life

I can't remember exactly when it all happened but somehow along the way, I realized that I wasn't exactly happy. Sure there were days that I felt I couldn't be happier while other days, I just wanted to crawl under my bed sheets and stay there for the rest of my life. Throughout most of my life, I felt as if I was on a roller coaster going up and down and sometimes upside down but always leading me back to the same place. My life had gone through many changes over the years but at the same time, I felt as if nothing had changed.

Had I not learned anything from my life experience? Shouldn't I have achieved some kind of happiness at this point in my life? Why did I feel like I was repeating a lot of the same things that I considered to be mistakes? I found myself hopelessly confused and I truly wished for a miracle.

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Making Miracles in 40 Days
Making Miracles in 40 Days

Taking The Leap

One day as I was browsing the amazon bookstore, I was naturally attracted to a book that promised a miracle in forty days. The description talked about a "6-week action plan " that I could put to use right away and this appealed to me as I was pretty desperate for any improvement in my life. After reading the mostly positive reviews of the book, I decided to get the book. I figure I'm always buying cookbooks and novels so I felt that reading the book could only do me some good. I received the book in less than a week and I was more than ready to take my book for a test drive.

First of all, I needed to commit myself to this project for 40 days. No matter how I looked at it, my life was worth investing 40 days of my life so I promised myself to take this project seriously and read the first chapters to make sure I was doing it properly. This time I was serious about taking control of my life and I was going to make the best of my time spent on this project. After my initial preparations of setting goals, I started my 6-week journey.

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Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want
Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want

The author tells us that the power to change our lives lies within ourselves. This book comes with practical exercises that you can start today that can have a positive impact on your life. I've been doing these practices for over a year and it has truly changed my life for the better.

 

My 6-Week Project Miracle

My goals
My goals

I started my journey alone and for two weeks, I did the practice exercises every morning. At first I admit I was a bit skeptical because of the simplicity of it all, but after just a few days, I started to feel just a little better and I noticed I felt happier and more cheerful when I woke up in the mornings. One of my best friend has a problem with depression so I decided to see if he would like to be my project miracle partner. I thought it would help him because he's the most pessimistic person I know. After making sure he understood the rules, we started the project together for 40 days.

Project Miracle is based on using the power of gratitude and there is nothing difficult about it. There are no difficult formulas to learn or chapters you have to study. In fact, the practice starts right away in chapter two of the book. After doing it for a few days, I could see how this would benefit anyone because at the least, you'll come out of it being more grateful of things you may have been taking for granted.

So my friend and I started on our 40 journey. The first two weeks were mostly about writing down the negatives in our lives. What was interesting was that as we entered the third week, I had noticed my friend's gratitude start to change in attitude. There were less complaining about things and saying thanks seemed to be taking its place. In place of "I'm grateful for my mother always complaining and nagging me" was replaced with "I'm grateful for my mother always being there for me and putting up with me". It's obvious to anyone that changes have taken place! I could see changes happening to me as well. When I first started, I could have filled up a couple of pages of things that I was unhappy about. But surprsingly during my third week into the project, I was noticing that more than half of my list was about things I were truly grateful for. I'm not really sure how it happened but it just did and it caught me off guard.

make miracles in forty days
make miracles in forty days

The Project Ends.....Or Does It?

By the final day, it was quite obvious that we had manifested small changes in our lives and if I were to be honest, I felt more content and I actually felt happier with my life. Nothing in my life had changed in a big way, but my attitude towards things had. I was much more conscious of life itself, which lead me to feel more alive than I've ever felt in years. For my friend, the changes were apparent as well. He stopped complaining all together that it was kind of creepy. It was clear that something in him had dramatically changed.

It's been a year since we started the project. However because it's been doing so much good for the both of us, we decided to continue with this project and it's become a daily routine for the both of us. It continues to help us and reminds us of what's important in our individual lives. Strength and wisdom does come from within and I truly believe that doing Project Miracle has helped me take my life back into my own hands.

Other Books That I Recommend

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The author mixes enough information and facts with a light-hearted writing style that makes for quite an entertaining read. If you're looking for a less "scientific" book to read on the subject of happiness, this book might be for you.

 
The Magic (The Secret)
The Magic (The Secret)

There's nothing magic about The Magic. Once you go through the exercises, you'll see that it all makes sense. This continues with the gratitude theme and takes it one step further.

 

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I love how you share positive messages and things that have helped you in your life such as this book. This is so excellent.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It sounds like a book all of us could learn from. I think I'm mostly a happy person, but there are compartments within that could use a lot of work! Adding this to my wish list. Thanks Smine27!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @corinnephillips1: I can't wait to see your lens!

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      corinnephillips1 3 years ago

      Great lens. I actually think being thankful for the little things we take for granted helps like the air ,the sun,running water.I actually wrote a love poem to the air which Ill write a lens on one day.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jogalog: Starting your day with gratitude is a good way to ensure your day starts off on a positive note. Thanks for reading and commenting Jogalog.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ACDuncan: Awesome advice my friend.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ValerieJoy: Thanks so much Valerie. It's one book that actually helped me stick to something as it was easy enough as well as enjoyable.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: That's awesome Vinn.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @AntonioM23: thanks so much Antonio.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I do consider myself a happy person already so I'm lucky but I also like to try methods of improving my life and making myself happier. I love the sound of this book and I am going to try and think of the things I'm grateful for too.

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      ACDuncan 3 years ago

      Thanks for the lens, live the rest of your life like the first 40 days and live happy.....:)

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      This is an excellent review, my friend. The title of your lens was what drew me in, because I am working on a website that is about personal transformation, and I'm always looking for more tools to offer my readers. I love the idea of the attitude of gratitude - something that the masters teach often! I may have to get this book - and after looking at the author's bio, I had one of those "Wow!" moments in that if SHE could get HER life together, well... so can others! This is right up my alley.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      It's great to know how this book has helped you and your friend. The really good thing is that you stayed with it for the 40 days, plus you are still doing what you learned. It's easy to get enthusiastic about something for a few days and then leave it. But you have done what was required to change your life and have achieved happiness. Well done.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Very interesting to hear how you and your friend changed over time through these exercises. I actually do a couple of them myself!

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      AntonioM23 3 years ago

      I am already happy

      Great lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @kepezzo: It might sound like a diet for sure, but what the author is trying to do is to have you try it out for 40 days. It's up to you to continue doing what it says if it's helping you.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Heidi Vincent: That's so true FreshStart7.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Good for you Minoru. ;)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Yes... I BELIEVE !!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Yes I am a very HAPPY person. Happiness is a state that each individual can choose despite his/her circumstances.

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      Jhale Moreno 3 years ago

      @kepezzo: The author says that you end up going further than the forty days. I did a very healthy diet and it made me feel the same way and I strictly adhered to it past my recovery until I could not keep things up.

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      Jhale Moreno 3 years ago

      I am happy and I did it not only through Nutrition (which I focus on a lot) but also through the aid of a friend who really liked to say that everything was good no matter what. She says that her past has been dark and lonely at times as well, so I know how just think positive in of itself can really be used to encourage everyone to save their own life.

      Your review of this book brings to mind what I have started doing, which is confronting people in apology after an argument and writing to myself to discuss my decisions with myself and write imaginary thank you letters that I might actually send one day.

      I have higher hopes to good spirituality's effects more than ever before, but it probably would not work so well if I was not healthy and out of severe depression (as you have stated above).

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      kepezzo 3 years ago

      It sounds like a diet...wanting fast results...setting the mind for forty days ? what happens after 40 days ?

      I wish I had more time to read and are above questions just an excuse....

      .great lens !

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @stormy1990: It's a good read and an experiment worth doing.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't know about becoming happy in 40 days, but I do know that giving gratitude is one of the best things anyone can do to lift their spirits. Recognizing what hurts us can help too, and it sounds like this guidebook shows us how to do both in a planned way. Thank you for your review of this book. I am grateful for the story you shared here today, and to learn about this guide. May your heart, and that of your friend, continue to grow in happiness.

      Congratulations, too, on your placement in this week's Imminent Reel.

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      stormy1990 3 years ago

      I think this book sounds like something I need to read!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kaylab123 LM: It was my pleasure. I hope it helps your friend like it did mine.

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      Kaylab123 LM 3 years ago

      I'd consider myself a fairly happy person, but I know I could use this book to help boost my happiness and gratitude. I also know of someone in my life who could potentially better their life with this book. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: Thank you so much Tony. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: I know how it is Rose and I can relate. Just remember that you're not alone!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      For me, I need to revisit the books that have helped me - jot things in the margin and meditate on the deepest points. The world can de-rail even the most diligent person. I've battled depression most of my life. I need to look into this book, every author teaches us something new. Thank you so much for this review. Take good care, Rose

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      This was a fascinating lens. Sounds like an inspirational book!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kim Milai: Thanks kimmilai

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Excellent lens. All good ideas.