19 Aug Gratitude and happiness
The American psychologist Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology, is one of the foremost researchers in the psychology of gratitude, part of the growing discipline of positive psychology. Together with his colleague Michael McCullough, he has done pioneering work in the scientific study of gratitude. In this popular and accessible book, he describes some of this research (occasionally invoking other empirical findings from medicine and neuroscience) together with a large number of individual case stories and anecdotes. Recognising the importance of the notion of gratitude in both western and non-western philosophy, literature and religion, he also describes many relevant ideas from these traditions and puts his own work into this broader context. While the presence of Emmons’s unique approach (‘the new science of gratitude’) is evident, individual cases and these other traditions are given a lot of space.
This is a great book and a vital part of any happiness library. Learn how to be more thankful and to experience more happiness. To read more – click here