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Gratitude and the good life : toward a psychology of appreciation

Author: Philip C Watkins
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip C Watkins
ISBN: 9789400772526 9400772521
OCLC Number: 857970412
Description: x, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why a science of gratitude? --
What is gratitude and how can it be measured? --
What causes gratitude? --
What good is gratitude? --
What are grateful people like? Characteristics of grateful people --
Does gratitude enhance experience of the present? --
Does gratitude enhance experience of the past? --
Does gratitude enhance social well-being? --
Does gratitude enhance coping ability? --
Does gratitude prevent negative affectivity? --
How does gratitude develop? --
What inhibits gratitude? --
How can gratitude interventions be used to enhance well-being? --
Conclusion: Explaining gratitude.
Responsibility: Philip C. Watkins.

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