Gratitude and the Good Life: Toward a Psychology of Appreciation, 1st Edition

  • Philip C. Watkins
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  • ISBN-10: 940077253X
  • ISBN-13: 9789400772533
  • DDC: 179.9
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 259 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Why a Science of Gratitude?.
1: The “What” of Gratitude.
2: What is Gratitude and How Can It be Measured?.
3: What Causes Gratitude?.
4: What Good is Gratitude?.
5: What Are Grateful People Like? Characteristics of Grateful People.
6: The “How” of Gratitude.
7: Does Gratitude Enhance Experience of the Present?.
8: Does Gratitude Enhance Experience of the Past?.
9: Does Gratitude Enhance Social Well-Being?.
10: Does Gratitude Enhance Coping Ability?.
11: Does Gratitude Prevent Negative Affectivity?.
12: How Does Gratitude Develop?.
13: What Inhibits Gratitude?.
14: How Can Gratitude Interventions be Used to Enhance Well-Being?.
Conclusion: Explaining Gratitude.