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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547085737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547085739
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We can all be grateful to Robert Emmons for this pioneering work." --David G. Myers, Ph.D., author of The Pursuit of Happiness

“Robert Emmons is the world’s leading expert on the psychology of gratitude. . . This is a morally elevating book.” --Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis

"I am convinced Robert Emmons is right: increasing the national state of gratitude would change the world." --Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of The Gallup Organization

"Emmons presents clear and practical ways in which everyone can begin to immensely improve their quality of life." --Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosophy at USC as well as author of Renovation of the Heart

"Gratitude’s benefits should be enough to convince even the most cynical secularist that this emotion is essential for achieving happiness." -- Spirituality & Practice Magazine

"A serious, skillful exploration of a current arena of psychological research, by one of the leaders in that emerging field." --Steve Heilig The San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

DR. ROBERT EMMONS is a professor at the University of California, Davis, and one of the leading scholars in the positive psychology movement. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology. His work on gratitude has been featured in the Washington Post, the New Republic, Newsweek, and other mainstream media. Dr. Emmons has received multiple grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the John Templeton Foundation.

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I bought the book so I could highlight and write notes in it.
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It also has the potential to make every interaction we have throughout our day richer and more fulfilling.
Michael B. Frisch
It's a quick read, just make lots of notations and plan on referring back to the book to make it work.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J. Froh on October 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
In his latest book, "Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude can Make you Happier," Dr. Robert Emmons shares his expertise about the personal and interpersonal benefits of gratitude. While gratitude has a long history among philosophers and theologians, it was not until the turn of the 21st century that psychology finally began to give gratitude its deserved empirical homage. The individual largely responsible for the scientific advancement of gratitude is Dr. Emmons. In its simplest terms, gratitude is a positive response to a benefit. But its related outcomes reach well beyond those associated with being polite. Indeed, pioneering research conducted and reviewed by Dr. Emmons shows that gratitude improves emotional and physical health, as well as bolsters relationships and communities. "Thanks!" ends by providing readers with 10 practical strategies for becoming more grateful. Some strategies include keeping a gratitude journal, learning prayers of gratitude, and using visual reminders. Following the advice of Dr. Emmons, my screensaver now reads: "Life is a Gift--Thanks!" Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is tough. It is, according to Dr. Emmons, a "chosen attitude." We must be willing to recognize and acknowledge that we are the recipients of an unearned benefit. If we roll up our sleeves and commit ourselves to becoming grateful, we will see that with gratitude comes abundance. "Thanks!" is a highly readable, colorful, and downright fun book. Personal anecdotes and gratitude essays written by research participants bring to life Dr. Emmon's research program demonstrating the strong and enduring benefits of gratitude. So with patience and persistence, happiness, health, and stronger relationships await you. It just comes down to one simple, yet highly complex word--thanks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Frisch on May 16, 2009
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This is a wonderful, powerful, and fun book that puts the science of happiness and gratitude at your fingertips. Yes, Virginia, there is a science to happiness. This leading researcher shares ways to cultivate a perpetual attitude of gratitude that really work in making us grateful, but also happier. Wisdom traditions the world over have long understood the power of gratitude. A happiness habit of gratitude gives life meaning. It also has the potential to make every interaction we have throughout our day richer and more fulfilling.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Raybin on March 10, 2009
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This books helps answer long held questions. It provides insights and recommendations for how each of us can enjoy a more uplifting and fulfilling life. All it takes is a little thanks.

Read the book. Then you'll understand what I am sharing it with all my friends and loved ones. You'll want to do the same.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mellie B. on December 6, 2008
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This little book was a big surprise. The book is a scientific study on gratitude and how it can impact your life. Included are religious and philosophic views. Am I grateful that I had the opportunity to read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Roberts on April 30, 2013
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This book goes into great depth.
But it goes into great depth beyond being thankful.
I loved all the points on gratitude.
Some of the stories were not encouraging, and not ones I wanted to read,
but teaching one to be thankful, if you are not, it does!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen anderson on March 3, 2013
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This is a very good book. The philosophy underlining it is helpful to maintain good mental health.
We will recomend this to others
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schan on August 10, 2013
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This book was selected for a reading club. It is essentially a psychological/sociological study of the benefits of gratitude. Essentially, one improves one's outlook on life, physical and emotional health, longevity when one is other-centered rather than self-centered and grateful for what one has. These are valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, explaining these through research findings is a bit dry. It proves the point, but it is challenging to sink one's teeth into.
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