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Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons

 

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 also the author of the books Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity and Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

 
 
  

Stories by Robert Emmons

Articles: Five Myths about Gratitude

By 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.

 
This essay is adapted from Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Articles: How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times

By Robert Emmons | May 13, 2013

It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.

 
Robert Emmons discusses why practicing gratitude has transformative effects on our social and emotional well-being.

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 Grateful

By Robert Emmons | November 17, 2010

Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.

 

Articles: Why Gratitude Is Good

By 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.

 
Robert Emmons explains how gratitude has the ability to heal, energize, and change our lives.

Videos and Podcasts: The Power of Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 15, 2010

Robert Emmons explains how gratitude has the ability to heal, energize, and change our lives.

 
Robert Emmons shares the results of his research on gratitude: better health, more happiness, and stronger connections to others.

Videos and Podcasts: The Benefits of Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 13, 2010

Robert Emmons shares the results of his research on gratitude: better health, more happiness, and stronger connections to others.

 
Robert Emmons offers research-tested strategies for becoming a more grateful person.

Videos and Podcasts: Cultivating Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010

Robert Emmons offers research-tested strategies for becoming a more grateful person.

 
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: Challenges to Gratitude

By 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.

 
Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, discusses how and why to practice it.

Videos and Podcasts: Robert Emmons on Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010

Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, discusses how and why to practice it.

 
Robert Emmons explains why he believes awe and gratitude are intertwined.

Videos and Podcasts: Awe and Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 1, 2010

Robert Emmons explains why he believes awe and gratitude are intertwined.

 

Slide Presentation: Building Gratitude

By 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."

 

Articles: Pay it Forward

By Robert Emmons | June 1, 2007

Gratitude may seem like a simple emotion, but Robert Emmons argues that it inspires kindness, connection, and transformative life changes. And he’s done the research to prove it.

 

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