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. Nancy
    November 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    What helps me to be more present in my life? Taking a moment in the day to stop and ask myself how I’m feeling and what my thoughts are, followed by a minute or two of mindful breathing.

  2. B.
    November 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Being grateful for every single thing I have and smile.

    Being aware that I have a role (big or minor) to play in the life of others and that whatever
    I do will have an effect on others. So I am grateful for that role and try to fulfill it
    with purpose, the best that I can.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm


  3. K.
    November 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Day 1–already having trouble. Does feeding the birds count?

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Welcome K, we are glad you joined us! Please remember this is a practice, so it takes some time to learn and build. When we take action (or set intention) that’s in line with our pro-social purpose and cultivating compassion, then we’re on the right track.

  4. November 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    You asked what helps me be more present in my life. Little things really, music, looking at my hands, enjoying a sip of tea or coffee, and children when I’m out (I live in Cambodia), children really live in the present moment :-). Your morning e-mails just remind me not to forget to pay attention to the little things <3.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Bernadette, thanks for sharing some things that help you be present in the moment. The little things are what makes up the moments in our lives! Glad the morning emails help. 🙂

  5. Ann
    November 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Reading the daily now moment has been a great inspiration and reminder to me to use mindfulness. I also enjoy the videos. It has helped me not to react so quickly to the stress and disappoints in life. Thank you for this website!

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Ann, happy to hear the Daily Now Moments and videos are helping you.

  6. m
    November 23, 2015 at 3:11 pm


    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 24, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Sounds great!

  7. Eileen
    November 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Starting each day with the Now Moment quote/suggestion has become a wonderful ritual to center in love, truth, light, hope, joy and service.
    Sending it on to friends has deepened our relationships.
    Thank you.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      So wonderful Eileen, thank you for sharing this.

  8. Jitu Jhaveri
    November 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I try to pause every hour by setting my i-phone for it. It helps me calm down and I also try to think what is the best thing to do next. It may sound odd, but I try to pause when I take a bathroom break! With lots of love and loving kindness to all the beings. -JJ

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Not so odd Jitu, a great place to do so :).

    November 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you for the 21 days of affirmations. I’m having a hard time putting the pains of the past behind me, while I deal with a 29 yr old son whom I love so much but who is so angry at us (me and my husband) for the things or decisions that didn’t go right while raising him. Guilt, anger, resentment, fear, anxiety and many more emotions rule my day and my relationship with him is like a roller coaster. I’m happy when he’s happy and sad when things are not going well with him. Some days I am in the pits, other days I am OK and able to make sense of all the affirmations and positive encouragement. The challenge is to stick to all the goodie good things to do, when I’m feeling totally down. Nothing anyone says matters at that time. What is one to do? How is one to find peace during those times?

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you for sharing your pain and confusion. The only thing that I would know to do in that time in self-compassion. The recognition of your pain and an inclination to support yourself. I write about this on free blogs on the web, in Uncovering Happiness and also in the 28 Day Basics of Mindfulness Meditation eCourse. I do this because I see as one of the most sorely needed skills of our time.

      I hope this is a support.



  10. Mazy
    November 22, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Thank you for being the force to drive change in me and many others. I began wanting to learn the healing of natures bounty and share it with others. Just by casually mentioning my interest with others, I reconnected with an old friend who I didn’t know became an expert in the use of wild plants and he is teaching me what he knows. I also bought an online program that is focussed on the use of local vegetation and provides contact info and advice for those who want to turn such a project into a business. I was also introduced to Aryveda and love the history and philosophies behind it. This is what has always whispered to me and with your help, it is now knocking on my door. If I only knew that simply by acknowledging my interest, it could become a purpose and bring fulfillment. I will remember you when I practice gratitude. Have a wonderful life Elisha.

    • Elisha Goldstein
      November 23, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Your comment made me smile! I’m so happy to hear how you’re making connections and manifesting something so fulfilling for you and that will aid others. Thank you for sharing with us and wishing you a wonderful life, Mazy.

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