Words of Gratitude For Mind, Body, and Soul

Robert A. Emmons Joanna Hill

"The test of all happiness,” said G.K. Chesterton, “is gratitude."

Learning to experience gratitude involves being grateful as an attitude, not as a reaction when good things occur. To be grateful, one does not need to wait until things are perfect. In fact, practicing gratitude makes one receptive to life's blessings, and these blessings continue as we continue to be thankful.

In one study, described by author Robert Emmons, participants who wrote about five things for which they were grateful experienced more positive emotional states and were more likely to help others over a period of ten weeks than were participants who wrote about the hassles and stressors they experienced during the same time.

"Love wholeheartedly,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, “be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life."

Gratitude provides gifts to both the giver and the receiver, and this illuminating book will inspire readers to recognize just how truly blessed we are.

Introduction: Proverbs as Words of Gratitude by Brother David Steindl-Rast / 3

What Is Gratitude? / 15

Gratitude through the Ages / 25

Cultivating Gratitude / 41

Research and Results of Gratitude / 61

Hindrances to Gratitude / 71

Praying for Gratitude / 77

References and Further Reading / 101

Acknowledgements / 105