I’m grateful for Robert Emmons.
He’s dedicated the last three decades of his life to understanding the science of how to boost our well-being. In the process, he’s conducted ground-breaking research on the power of gratitude. In fact, he’s basically THE researcher we have to thank for understanding *just* how powerful gratitude journaling is.
Robert has also served as a founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. And, he was the past president of the American Psychological Association’s division on the Psychology of Religion. (<- How cool is that?)
I was telling Alexandra that this book is affecting me in a similar way that Barbara Fredrickson’s changed my life. Barbara’s book challenged me to exit my “cocoon of self-absorption” in my day-to-day interactions with people in my community. I now deliberately seek out little micro moments of positivity resonance and that’s made a big difference in my life.
I consider myself a reasonably grateful guy but this book has opened my eyes to JUST how powerful gratitude is. And, to just how important it is to DELIBERATELY PRACTICE it. We were already planning to expand our core fundamentals to include “Be grateful!” and this book has given me the underlying science of why and how to best do that.
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites but… Before we jump in I’d like to say, “Thanks.”
Seriously. THANK YOU for being part of our Optimize community and for supporting me and our team. I think of you and thank you every day for making our work possible. And, I’m more committed than ever to doing everything we can in the years and decades () ahead to help you and your family Optimize. I wish I could reach through this page and give you a hug.
So… Virtual HUGS. HIGH FIVES. LOVE. And one more time: THANK YOU.