Gratitude, Like Other Positive Emotions, Broadens and Builds

Barbara L. Fredrickson

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Gratitude, Like Other Positive Emotions, Broadens and Builds

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This chapter examines the feeling of being grateful. It suggests feeling grateful is similar to other positive emotions that help build a person’s enduring personal resources and broaden an individual’s thinking. It describes various ways by which gratitude can transform individuals, organizations, and communities in positive and sustaining ways. It discusses the specific benefits of gratitude including personal and social development, community strength and individual health and well-being.

Keywords: gratitude; positive emotions; personal development; social development; well-being; community

Chapter.  8964 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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