Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Psychology - 244 pages
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Did you know that there is a crucial component of happiness that is often overlooked? In the pages of this eminently readable book, Robert Emmons -- editor in chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology -- draws on the first major study of the subject of gratitude, of “wanting what we have,” and shows that a systematic cultivation of this underexamined emotion can measurably change people’s lives. Readers will discover how:

• People who regularly practice grateful thinking can increase their “set-point” for happiness by as much as 25 percent.

• Such increases can be sustained over a period of months -- challenging the previously held notion that our set-points for happiness are frozen at birth.

• Keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks results in better sleep and more energy.

Emmons also reaches beyond science to bolster the case for gratitude by weaving in the writings of philosophers, novelists, and theologians. Like no other book has before, Thanks! inspires readers to embrace gratitude and all the benefits it can bring into our lives.
 

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User Review  - MarieAlt - LibraryThing

I wouldn't say Thanks! is particularly deep or insightful and it doesn't cover the 'scientific' aspect of gratitude and how it affects humanity etc. It uses a lot of the anecdotes, which I'm not fond ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Emmons serepititiously began to study gratitude during a conference on the classical sources of human strength: wisdom, hope, love, spirituality, gratitude, humility; he signed up for humility but was ... Read full review

Contents

THE NEW SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE
1
GRATITUDE AND THE PSYCHE
19
HOW GRATITUDE IS EMBODIED
56
THANKS BE TO GOD GRATITUDE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT
90
AN UNNATURAL CRIME INGRATITUDE AND OTHER OBSTACLES TO GRATEFUL LIVING
123
GRATITUDE IN TRYING TIMES
156
PRACTICING GRATITUDE
185
Notes
211
Index
233
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DR. ROBERT EMMONS is a professor at the University of California, Davis, and one of the leading scholars in the positive psychology movement. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology. His work on gratitude has been featured in the Washington Post, the New Republic, Newsweek, and other mainstream media. Dr. Emmons has received multiple grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the John Templeton Foundation.

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