Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - Psychology - 244 pages
A scientifically groundbreaking, eloquent look at how we benefit -- psychologically, physically, and interpersonally -- when we practice gratitude

Did you know that there is a crucial component of happiness that is often overlooked? In Thanks!, Robert Emmons 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-point” is frozen at birth.

Keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks can result 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.
Thanks! inspires readers to embrace gratitude and all the benefits it can bring into their lives.
 

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A very readable summary of various research findings about the practice of gratitude and how it can tremendously influence your life, happiness, and even longevity. Read full review

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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

Contents

THE NEW SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE
1
GRATITUDE AND THE PSYCHE
19
HOW GRATITUDE IS EMBODIED
56
GRATITUDE
90
INGRATITUDE
123
GRATITUDE IN TRYING TIMES
156
PRACTICING GRATITUDE
185
Notes
211
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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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