Gratitude as Thankfulness and as Gratefulness

David Steindl-Rast

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 as Thankfulness and as Gratefulness

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This chapter examines the notion of gratitude as gratefulness and as thankfulness. It suggests that there are phenomenologically different modes of experience that require the distinction between gratefulness and thankfulness and describes the respective uses of each form of gratitude. It analyzes idiomatic usage and etymological derivation of the term gratitude and proposes a series of theses that explore the contours of gratitude.

Keywords: gratitude; gratefulness; thankfulness; etymological derivation

Chapter.  2987 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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