The Psychology of Gratitude

Robert A. Emmons, Michael McCullough

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Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this book brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, and then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology. The volume also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research on gratitude. This work contributes a great deal to the growing positive psychology initiative and to the scientific investigation of positive human emotions. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in social, personality, developmental, clinical, and health psychology, as well as to sociologists and cultural anthropologists.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages368
ISBN (Print)9780199847389, 0195150104, 9780195150100
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Gratitude
  • Positive emotions
  • Primatology
  • Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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