Chapter

The Grateful Heart

Rollin McCraty Doc Childre

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.003.0012

Series: Series in Affective Science

The Grateful Heart

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This chapter examines the psychophysiology of appreciation, an emotion that is seen as overlapping with gratitude. It analyzes the role of the heart in appreciation and other positive emotions and describes the cardiovascular contours of appreciation. It evaluates intervention studies that demonstrate the benefits of various techniques that enable people to develop a greater awareness of their emotional responses, including appreciation.

Keywords: appreciation; gratitude; psychophysiology; heart; positive emotions; emotional responses

Chapter.  9812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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