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A fine contribution to the growing field of ‘positive psychology‘, which seeks to promote emotional wellness rather than treat disorders. UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons shows that people who express more gratitude in their everyday lives experience benefits such as exercising more regularly, complaining of fewer mental illness symptoms, and feeling a general sense of contentment with their lives overall. The book outlines 10 strategies “for cultivating a feeling of thanksgiving throughout the year”, for, as the author believes, gratitude is one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives. Through evidence from his research, Emmons provides prescriptions that can help the reader follow in a path of gratitude, a path that the author himself acknowledges is a tough one to follow at all times, but a path that can eventually lead to a more positive and energetic outlook on life. The book shows that gratitude is not just a tool for self-improvement, but instead a way of life and Emmons explores the topic in a readable synthesis of scientific and popular inspirational literature.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.