Did you ever get a feeling that grows bigger than yourself? Something that involves other people or circumstances, yet has a little part of you? Most likely, there are a lot of feelings that have this feature, but the one I mean is gratitude.
Something wonderful has happened to you because someone or something else caused it. Yet, there is also some merit for you: Being aware and open to this wonderful gift. For me, being grateful is one of the best feelings a person can experience.
Gratitude has been looked at from many angles, religion being one of the most noticeable ones. I’m more interested in looking at it from a scientific perspective though. Specifically, from the viewpoint of Positive Psychology. So I started looking for books that could help me learn the basic (and advanced) elements of gratitude… and I ran into A LOT of books!
Looking through the web I crossed path with these titles and now I present them to you so you can become a part of the quest for the best books on gratitude. Have you read any of them? If so, which one did you like best? What part? Why? If not, are you interested in any of them? Which one will make it to your 2015 readings? Do you consider them scientific literature or something else? What?
1# Attitudes of Gratitude
Ryan, M.J. (1999).
2# Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body and Soul
Emmons, R. (2001).
3# The Psychology of Gratitude
Emmons, R. (2004).
4# Count your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love
Demartini, J. (2006)0.
5# Thanks! How the new Science of Gratitude can make you Happier
Emmons, R. (2007).
6# The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude
Visser, M. (2009).
7# Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude
Lesowitz, N. and Sammons, M.B. (2009). Read more about the effects of gratitude here.
8# Gratitude works! A 21 Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity
Emmons, R. (2013).
9# Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day, a Month-by-Month Guide
Arrien, A. (2013).
Will you leave a comment?
This is a very short list, and I’m sure you have read other books on gratitude. Which ones made your cut? And, in the spirit of this article, I would be extremely grateful for any comment. Thank you!