Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D, is one of the world’s leading voices on the benefits of gratitude and a contributor to the Greater Good Science Center. He defines gratitude as “affirming goodness and recognizing that the sources of this goodness are outside the self”.

Showing gratitude is a great way to appreciate the kindness of others and help to increase their happiness. Much of the research around gratitude shows an intrinsic heightened level of personal happiness as a consequence of showing gratitude towards others.

We have the ability to increase our own physical well-being (health), psychological well-being (emotions), and social well-being (relationships) by practicing gratitude in our daily lives and truly being grateful.


Here are some helpful resources on gratitude:

Practicing Gratitude to Boost Your Happiness

Gratitude is the extremely powerful quality of being thankful that can change your life for the better. If you’re looking to bring more happiness into your life, then practicing gratitude is your answer. Gratitude opens your heart and your mind allowing you to feel more present, generous, thankful, empathetic, kind, patient, positive, and more aware of the beauty that surrounds you. Click here to learn more.

Understanding the Science of Happiness

Studies have shown that physical activity, mindfulness, and positive thinking can increase happiness and well-being. But how exactly does this work? What is the basis of the science of happiness? How do we reduce stress through exercise and make time for gratitude? And what unhealthy habits should we be mindful of to reclaim joy and contentment? Let’s explore these questions together. Click here to read more.