Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is the author of the books Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, and The Little Book of Gratitude.
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Videos and Podcasts: Why Does Gratitude Matter?By Robert Emmons | September 10, 2014
The author of Thanks! introduces the science of gratitude at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit in June 2014.
Articles: Five Myths about GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 21, 2013
Does gratitude make us lazy? Naive? Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, debunks some common myths and misconceptions.
Articles: What Gets in the Way of Gratitude?By Robert Emmons | November 12, 2013
What must we overcome as a culture or as individuals for gratitude to flourish? The key, argues Robert Emmons, is to see all of life as a gift.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Videos and Podcasts: What Good is Gratitude?By Robert Emmons | November 17, 2010
Robert Emmons discusses why practicing gratitude has transformative effects on our social and emotional well-being.
Articles: 10 Ways to Become More GratefulBy Robert Emmons | November 17, 2010
Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.
Articles: Why Gratitude Is GoodBy Robert Emmons | November 16, 2010
Need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, reveals why gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships.
Videos and Podcasts: The Power of GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 15, 2010
Robert Emmons explains how gratitude has the ability to heal, energize, and change our lives.
Videos and Podcasts: The Benefits of GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 13, 2010
Robert Emmons shares the results of his research on gratitude: better health, more happiness, and stronger connections to others.
Videos and Podcasts: Cultivating GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010
Robert Emmons offers research-tested strategies for becoming a more grateful person.
Videos and Podcasts: Challenges to GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010
Gratitude may be good, Robert Emmons explains, but it isn’t always easy. He considers some of the myths around gratitude and obstacles to cultivating it.
Videos and Podcasts: Awe and GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010
Robert Emmons explains why he believes awe and gratitude are intertwined.
Slide Presentation: Building GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | October 22, 2010
Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Building Gratitude"
Slide Presentation: “The Science of a Meaningful Life: Gratitude”By Robert Emmons | September 25, 2009
Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Gratitude and Forgiveness."
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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