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 Projectexplores 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 lifeanda 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, Arianna Huffington, and many more, this edited volume offers more than just platitudes—it offers a blueprint for a new and better world.
Editor Jeremy Adam Smith edits the Greater Good Science Center’s online magazine,Greater Good. He is author ofThe Daddy Shift, and coeditor of three anthologies. His coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco, CA, 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.
Smith’s articles and essays have appeared in theSan Francisco Chronicle,Scientific American,Utne Reader,The Nation,Mindful,Wired, and many other periodicals, websites, and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed byThe 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 Greater Good Science Center, Jeremy was a 2010–2011 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
Editor Kira M. Newman is managing editor ofGreater Goodmagazine, and a former course assistant for The Science of Happiness online course on edX. Her work has been published in a variety of outlets, includingThe Washington Post,HuffPost,Social Media Monthly, andMindful magazine. She has created large communities around the science of happiness, including the online course, The Year of Happy; and the CaféHappy meetup in Toronto, ON, Canada. Previously, she was a technology journalist and editor forTech.Co.
Editor Jason Marsh is founding editor in chief ofGreater Good magazine, and the Greater Good Science Center’s director of programs. He is also coeditor of two anthologies ofGreater Good articles:The Compassionate Instinct andAre We Born Racist?. His writing has also appeared inThe Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, andUtne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of www.cnn.com.
EditorDacher Keltner, PhD, is founding director of the Greater Good Science Center, and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author ofThe Power Paradox andBorn to Be Good, and coeditor ofThe Compassionate Instinct.
“In these difficult times,The Gratitude Project is timely and beautiful. It offers marvelous, wise, loving, and scientific ways to uplift and nourish the heart.”
—Jack Kornfield, PhD, author ofA Path with Heart
“Gratitude arises when we bring an open and full presence to our life, and its sweetness is a feeling of homecoming.The Gratitude Project is an exquisite and wise inquiry into this beautiful expression of the heart!”
—Tara Brach, author ofRadical Acceptance andRadical Compassion
“The Gratitude Project is a practical and thoughtful exploration of how appreciation can help us find hope and strengthen our most important relationships. Gratitude is a mind-set that does far more than make you feel good; it can help you be your best self, connect with others, and see the good in the world.”
—Kelly McGonigal, author of The Joy of MovementandThe Upside of Stress