Gratitude and the Good Life: Toward a Psychology of by Philip C. Watkins

By Philip C. Watkins

This e-book offers transparent and infrequently marvelous solutions to why gratitude is necessary to dwelling good. The technological know-how of gratitude has proven a lot development within the final ten years, and there's now enough facts to indicate that gratitude is likely one of the most crucial elements of the great lifestyles. either correlational and experimental reports have supplied help for the speculation that gratitude complements health and wellbeing.

After offering a lucid realizing of gratitude, this quantity explores the numerous facets of overall healthiness which are linked to gratitude. additionally, experimental paintings has now supplied promising proof to signify that gratitude really motives improvements in happiness. If gratitude promotes human flourishing, how does it accomplish that? This factor is addressed within the moment portion of the publication through exploring the mechanisms that may clarify the gratitude/well-being dating. This e-book presents an up to the moment account of gratitude study and prompt attention-grabbing paths for destiny learn, all whereas supplying a idea of gratitude that is helping make this data extra comprehensible.

This publication is particularly beneficial to gratitude investigators, in addition to all who're drawn to pursuing this line of study, scholars and students of emotion and health and wellbeing and teachers of optimistic psychology classes and seminars.

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2004). Gratitude, like other positive emotions, broadens and builds. In R. A. Emmons & M. E. ), The psychology of gratitude (pp. 145–166). New York: Oxford University Press. , Watkins, P. , & Froh, J. J. (2011). Death and gratitude: Death reflection enhances gratitude. Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 154–162. Frijda, N. (1988). The laws of emotion. American Psychologist, 43, 349–358. Gallup, G. (1998). Gallup survey results on “gratitude”, adults and teenagers. Emerging Trends, 20(4–5), 9. Gerrish, B.

Although Heider did not discuss indebtedness, one may infer that he would predict that feelings of indebtedness would increase with increasing expectations of return from the benefactor. We investigated this theory in two vignette studies. We used vignettes because we felt that perceived expectations of a benefactor would be very difficult to control in an actual gift situation. All participants read a story about a benefactor helping them move, and then participants were asked how they would respond emotionally to this situation with a number of emotions, including gratitude and indebtedness.

Based on these studies, it is not possible to ascertain how subjects were making these judgments, and it is altogether possible that some people made one type of judgment while others made another. At present however, this appears to be the best approach that 30 2 What Is Gratitude and How Can It Be Measured? we have. In my judgment, issues surrounding gratitude at the mood level of analysis may prove to be very important when considering the contribution of gratitude to well-being, but it appears that for the field to move forward in this area we need advancements in the assessment of grateful mood.

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