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Psychology | Gratitude and the Good Life - Toward a Psychology of Appreciation

Gratitude and the Good Life

Toward a Psychology of Appreciation

Watkins, Philip C.

2014, X, 259 p. 10 illus.

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  • Provides clear answers to why gratitude is important to living well
  • The first book to bring a comprehensive analysis of gratitude research
  • Gives clear suggestions for future research on gratitude

This book provides clear and sometimes surprising answers to why gratitude is important to living well. The science of gratitude has shown much growth in the last ten years, and there is now sufficient evidence to suggest that gratitude is one of the most important components of the good life. Both correlational and experimental studies have provided support for the theory that gratitude enhances well-being. 

After providing a lucid understanding of gratitude, this volume explores the many aspects of well-being that are associated with gratitude. Moreover, experimental work has now provided promising evidence to suggest that gratitude actually causes enhancements in happiness.  If gratitude promotes human flourishing, how does it do so?  This issue is addressed in the second section of the book by exploring the mechanisms that might explain the gratitude/well-being relationship. This book provides an up to date account of gratitude research and suggested interesting paths for future research, all while providing a theory of gratitude that helps make this information more understandable. 

This book is very valuable to gratitude investigators, as well as all who are interested in pursuing this line of research, students and scholars of emotion and well-being and instructors of positive psychology courses and seminars.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Beauty of Gratitude - Death, Deprivations and Gratitude - Development of Gratitude - Emotional Health - Gender and Gratitude - Grateful Reframing - Gratitude and Appreciation - Gratitude and Enhancing Positive Memories - Gratitude and Enhancing Relationships - Gratitude and Happiness - Gratitude and Physical Well-Being - Gratitude and Positive Psychology - Gratitude and Well-Being - Measuring Gratitude - Memory and Happiness - Positive Emotion in the Coping Process - Positive Psychology - Recognitions of Gratitude - Science of Gratitude - Social Emotion and Gratitude - The Social-Cognitive Model of Gratitude - Understanding the Character of Grateful People - Well-Being and Relationships

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Psychology - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. Introduction: Why a Science of Gratitude.- Part I.  The “What” of Gratitude.- Chapter 2. What is Gratitude and How can it be Measured?.- Chapter 3. What Causes Gratitude?.- Chapter 4. What Good is Gratitude? Gratitude and Well-Being.- Chapter 5. What are Grateful People Like? Characteristics of Grateful People.-Part II:  The “How” of Gratitude: How is Gratitude Related to Well-Being?.- Chapter 6. Does Gratitude Enhance Present Experience?.-Chapter 7. Does Gratitude Enhance Experience of the Past?.-Chapter 8. Does Gratitude Enhance Social Well-Being?.- Chapter 9. Does Gratitude Enhance Coping Ability?.- Chapter 10. Does Gratitude Prevent Negative Affectivity?.- Chapter 11. How Does Gratitude Develop?.- Chapter 12. What Inhibits Gratitude?.- Chapter 13. How can Gratitude Interventions Be Used to Enhance Well-Being?.- Chapter 14. Conclusion: Explaining Gratitude.

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