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The latest research on the science of gratitude.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

— G.K. Chesterton

6 Habits of Highly Grateful People

Cultivating Gratitude

Dr. Robert Emmons is the author of
Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

In this video from the Greater Good Science Center, he offers research-tested strategies for becoming a more grateful person.

The Man Who Loved Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is a creative force that, if lived on a continuous basis and not just for one day each year, can create more good in your life. Perhaps we could call this way of life thanksgiving.”

Sir John Templeton

The Templeton Foundation funds gratitude research all over the U.S.

Here are some of those projects (denoted by an asterisk), plus some other gratitude research projects.

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA
Ryan Fehr, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Neural Systems Supporting Gratitude*
Christina Karns, University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Expanding the Science & Practice of Gratitude*
Greater Good Science Center, University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Gratitude, Sleep & Well-Being
San Francisco, CA
Louis Schwartzberg, Blacklight Films
Los Angeles, CA
Glenn Fox, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Gratitude to God*
Robert Emmons, University of California-Davis
Davis, CA
Sara Algoe, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Andrea Hussong, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Gratitude in Development*
New Haven, CT
Gratitude as a Fount of Virtue*
David DeSteno, Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Gratitude: A Basic Human Emotion for Initiating Friendships*
Debra Lieberman, University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
Effects of Gratitude on Children’s Social Attitudes*
Kristin Schutts, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Gratitude in an Aging Society*
Lindsay Ryan, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Gratitude, Well-Being, and the Decline of Materialism*
Jonathan Tudge, UNC-Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
New York, NY
Joel Wong, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
C. Nathan DeWall et al., University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY