How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier
by Robert A. Emmons | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2007 · 244 pages

Robert Emmons is one of the world's leading experts on the science of gratitude and this book is packed with the whys and hows of getting our gratitude on. In this Note, we'll explore Big Ideas on how we can boost our happiness by 25% by simply keeping a daily gratitude journal, how to get our relationships flourishing, the importance of seeing challenges as opportunities for growth and more goodness.

“Gratitude has never, until recently, been examined or studied by scientific psychologists. It is possible that psychology has ignored gratitude because it appears, on the surface, to be a very obvious emotion, lacking in interesting complications: we receive a gift—from friends, from family, from God—and then we feel pleasurably grateful. But while the emotion seemed simplistic even to me as I began my research, I soon discovered that gratitude is a deeper, more complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in human happiness. Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change peoples’ lives.”

~ Robert Emmons from Thanks!

A Professor at the University of California, Davis, Robert Emmons is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of gratitude.

This book is packed with wisdom on both the scientific underpinnings of gratitude as well as practical steps we can engage in to make it a bigger part of our lives. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas and hope you love it! Let’s jump in! :)

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Robert A. Emmons

Researcher, author and speaker on all things related to gratitude & joy