ALRC NEWS KITCHEN: 'thanks!' by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.

Gratitude, the emotion “most neglected by psychologists” has never before been examined by scientific psychologists – until now.

Author Dr. Robert Emmons spent eight years studying gratitude’s effects on the mind, body and soul and found that it benefits all three areas significantly. The eye-opening results from his experiments are revealed in “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.” And just in time for Thanksgiving 2008, a paperback edition released Nov. 6, entitled "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier."

“Thanks!” argues that the secret to happiness and fulfillment lies in the recognition that all of life is a gift. Dr. Emmons believes that with this mindset, people can gain control of their emotional destinies. It takes readers on a journey to discover fascinating truths about gratitude which parallel many classic religious and philosophic principles about the nature of the good life.