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The Psychology of Gratitude

Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough


Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this book brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, and then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology. The ... More

Keywords: gratitude, positive emotions, psychology, primatology, anthropology, biology, developmental psychology

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Emmons, editor
University of California, Davis, USA

Michael E. McCullough, editor
University of Miami, USA

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Part I Philosophical and Theological Foundations

3 Gratitude in Judaism

Solomon Schimmel

4 The Blessings of Gratitude

Robert C. Roberts

Part II Social, Personality, and Developmental Approaches to Gratitude

5 Gratitude in Modern Life

Dan P. McAdams, and Jack J. Bauer

7 Parent of the Virtues?

Michael E. McCullough, and Jo-Ann Tsang

Part III Perspectives from Emotion Theory

Part IV Perspectives from Anthropology and Biology

10 Gratitude and Gift Exchange

Aafke Elisabeth Komter

11 Primate Social Reciprocity and the Origin of Gratitude

Kristin E. Bonnie, and Frans B. M. de Waal

12 The Grateful Heart

Rollin McCraty Doc Childre

Part V Discussion and Conclusions

13 Gratitude

Charles M. Shelton