21 Days of Purpose: A Free eCourse for Uncovering Happiness

You have a purpose in being here…
… and part of that is remembering that
you are part of something much larger than yourself.

Science and thousands of years of human experience are showing us a feeling of connection to something greater than ourselves gives us a heightened sense of well-being and resiliency. In short, it’s a natural antidepressant.

I want to invite you to an experiment based on practices in my new book, Uncovering Happiness, that can help you nurture this positive shift in your brain and positively impact the world around you.

Over the next 21 days you’ll be guided through something very simple and profound; discovering a prosocial purpose and turning your purpose into a verb.

The structure for this is loose; there is nothing strict or rigid about this program. The intention of the following 21 days is to deepen your connection to purpose and compassion in your own life and get some support in the process.

Each day you’ll receive a writing to reflect on to light up the compassionate brain. You’ll then be reminded of these three key questions from Uncovering Happiness to help keep you focused and on track:

  1. What pro-social purpose are you involved in?
  2. What action can I take today that is in line with this purpose?
  3. What is this action in service of that is greater than myself?

I recommend weaving in some of the attitudes of play from Uncovering Happiness in order not to get overly serious about the whole endeavor, see it more from a learning lens and make it a playful endeavor.

A very wise woman once told me,
If something is valuable, give it away.

That may sound strange, but I understand what she means. As we give away what is valuable, we inevitably get back something invaluable.

If you’re wondering what that is, take a leap to commit to 21 Days of Purpose and discover it for yourself.

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You can try this experiment on your own, or it can be fun to do with friends. Let others know what you’re up to and see the ripple effects of a group doing 21 Days of Purpose together. Share it:

We are asking people to reflect on their experiences here to let us know how it’s going. Feel free to post about the purpose your engaging, or write about it on your own blog. Comments here are welcome from anyone.


  1. Sam Gentile
    May 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Day 21 and I reviewed my progress. One great new thing that has resulted is a special new relationship with my daughter. Now we always go Play in the park and going running.

    I have mostly kept to my intentions but it seems like I have picked “easy” tasks. I have learned that I can reach for more.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

      That’s great, Sam! Even what seems like small tasks when powered by intention can build a great positive impact.

  2. Sam Gentile
    May 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Day 19 and the Prosocial behavior is Compassion. The action I took was the one suggested in the email, to start a formal meta loving kindness meditation. It was hard as I had a lot of resistance that the phrases I used would not work. Service was for all Beings

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Sometimes if there is a lot of resistance it can help to choose different words or even explore why we’re feeling the resistance.

  3. May 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Day 18 and my prosocial behavior was Compassion. The action is to help Heather with her Math homework without getting mad. This is hard for me because I get frustrated quick and just want to go read my Buddhism books and focus on me. The service is for Heather not myself

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Sam,

      This is a wonderful direction and also, in the process to is an opportunity to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Throughout the process notice your body, when it’s tense, take a breath, allow it to soften and refocus on your intention of Heather. Warmly, Elisha

  4. Sam Gentile
    May 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Day 17 and my prosocial behavior is Compassion. My action was doing a Metta Lovingkindness meditation for all beings (including myself!)

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Wonderful Sam, yes compassion is not complete without compassion for self :).

  5. Sam Gentile
    May 10, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Day 16 yesterday and prosocial behavior was Strong family and Play. I got up and picked up my daughter Heather from horseback riding and then we went to the park and ran a 1/2 mile and then played on the swings. After that we went to Sudhi. Service was for my daughter who really appreciated the bonding time.

  6. Ramona Jones
    May 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I have skill in writing funny things. Today, I’m going to write something funny on Facebook that will make others smile or laugh.

  7. Susan M
    May 9, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Day 11 and heading off for a week’s holiday. I’m pleased I’ve managed to leave nothing important undone that needed my attention. So I can look forward to having more space to reflect on my prosocial purose – especially after a worrying election outcome in the UK which is likely to marginalise sectors of our community further.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Enjoy your holiday and the time for reflection.

  8. Sam Gentile
    May 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Day 15 and I did the suggested Compassion practice and placing my hand on my heart and wishing a family member well

  9. Sam Gentile
    May 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Day 14 and my Prosocial behavior is one of my core values Strong Family. The actions I am taking is to give my wife the night off taking Heather to her two therapy sessions and also the action of participating in one of Heather’s sessions to assist her in figuring some family dynamics. Service is for Sue and Heather and our family.

  10. Sam Gentile
    May 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Day 12 and I’m going with the emails suggestion of holding my hand on my heart and wishing someone I love well.

    I am more concerned about yesterday when the reminder said don’t go to sleep and what did I do? Sleep all day and miss another day of work. I didn’t see the email until late afternoon but I didn’t do a purpose for yesterday. Now I feel really guilty about it and think it isn’t working.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      May 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      When we get off track or fall behind with our practice, it’s important to treat ourselves with kindness. Forgive yourself for the day missed, it’s in the past and you’re in the present. It’s a great opportunity to invite yourself to get back to the practice, which it sounds like you have today. One practice that you might consider, is in addition to holding your hand on your heart wishing someone you love well, you may also want to send that same lovingkindness to yourself.

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