In our fractured, me-first" world, the science and practice of thankfulness could be just the antidote we need.
Gratitude is powerful: not only does it feel good, it's also been proven to increase our well-being in myriad ways. The result of a multiyear collaboration between the Greater Good Science Center and Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, The Gratitude Project explores gratitude's deep roots in human psychology-how it evolved and how it affects our brain-as well as the transformative impact it has on creating a meaningful life and a better world.
With essays based on new findings from this original research and written by renowned positive psychologists and public figures, this important book delves deeply into the neuroscience and psychology of gratitude, and explores how thankfulness can be developed and applied, both personally and in communities large and small, for the benefit of all.
With contributions from luminaries such as Sonja Lyubomirsky, W. Kamau Bell, Van Jones, and many more, this edited volume offers more than just platitudes-it offers a blueprint for a new and better world.
About the Editoirs:
Jeremy Adam Smith edits the Greater Good Science Center's online magazine, Greater Good . He is author of The Daddy Shift and co-editor of three anthologies. His coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting, and he is a three-time winner of the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, Utne Reader, The Nation, Mindful, Wired, and many other periodicals, websites, and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by the Today Show, the New York Times, USA TODAY, Working Mother, Nightline, ABC News, NBC News, the Globe and Mail, and numerous NPR shows about parenting and education. Before joining the GGSC, Jeremy was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University.
Kira M. Newman writes, edits, and produces content for all of the Greater Good Science Center's websites, from the magazine to Greater Good in Action to the Science of Happiness MOOC, for which she's served as course assistant for three semesters. Offline, she is the creator of CafeHappy, a Toronto-based meetup that gathers monthly to discuss how to be happier. Kira comes to GGSC from the world of tech journalism, where she was published in outlets including Social Media Monthly and Tech.co. She spent four years traveling around the world and loves speaking French, swing dancing, and exploring local cafes.
Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good magazine and the Greater Good Science Center's director of programs. He is also co-editor of two anthologies of Greater Good articles: The Compassionate Instinct (W. W. Norton, 2010) and Are We Born Racist? (Beacon Press, 2010). His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Utne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of CNN.com.
Dacher Keltner, PhD , is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of The Power Paradox and Born to Be Good, and co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct .