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The Psychology of Gratitude$
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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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Gratitude, Like Other Positive Emotions, Broadens and Builds

Gratitude, Like Other Positive Emotions, Broadens and Builds

(p.144) (p.145) 8 Gratitude, Like Other Positive Emotions, Broadens and Builds
The Psychology of Gratitude

Barbara L. Fredrickson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the feeling of being grateful. It suggests feeling grateful is similar to other positive emotions that help build a person’s enduring personal resources and broaden an individual’s thinking. It describes various ways by which gratitude can transform individuals, organizations, and communities in positive and sustaining ways. It discusses the specific benefits of gratitude including personal and social development, community strength and individual health and well-being.

Keywords:   gratitude, positive emotions, personal development, social development, well-being, community

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