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Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.001.0001

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The Psychology of Gratitude

The Psychology of Gratitude

An Introduction

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The Psychology of Gratitude

Robert A. Emmons

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the psychological aspects of gratitude. It discusses the reasons behind the increased interest in gratitude. These include the focus of the positive psychology movement on human strength and virtues, renewed interest of social scientists in people’s religious and spiritual lives and resurgent interest in virtue ethics, a subfield of moral philosophy. This book examines the prosocial contours of gratitude, its origin and its manifestations and development in modern life.

Keywords:   gratitude, positive psychology, virtue ethics, moral philosophy, spiritual lives

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