#393 – The Science and Practice of Gratitude with Robert A. Emmons PhD

Robert Emmons


Dr. Robert Emmons’ research is at the interface of personality psychology, the psychology of emotion and the psychology of religion. His primary interests are in the psychology of gratitude and the psychology of personal goals, and how each is related to positive psychological processes, including happiness, well-being, and personality integration. Emmons is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is author of The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Words of Gratitude (Templeton Foundation Press) and THANKS!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier(Houghton-Mifflin).

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One Comment

  1. Rich Featherly
    Posted April 23, 2015 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I’m glad Dr. Robert called gratitude an attitude, rather than a feeling or emotion. Although attitudes such as gratitude,guilt or shame can also be felt as an emotion. So many “Law of Attraction” type people talk as if we can manufacture emotions such as happiness, when actually we can only cultivate attitudes which often lead to feeling pleasurable emotions like happiness.

    He had an interesting take on forgiveness. Since I consider forgiveness to be a move in a positive direction from judging/fault finding to acceptance/allowing/equanimity. I see gratitude as the next higher level in a continuation of the forgiveness process.

    Self improvement is a myth. Every person is and always has been perfect. We just come here to experience the illusion of imperfection. To reduce our minds of the persistent habit of negativity we need gratitude to replace that habit with something more real and true.

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