The Spectrum of Gratitude Experience

Springer
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Drawing from current research in psychology, the social sciences, and spirituality, this book presents a comprehensive investigation into the heart of gratitude as it arises within lived experience and its role in nurturing relationships. It explores the range and depth of the emotion experience of gratitude and identifies its relationship with other indicators of wellbeing. New research by the authors reveals gratitude as a feature of transcendence and its connection to higher order experience including spirituality and religion. This book explores the potential for cultivating gratitude as a transformative practice for personal growth, enhancing relationships, and spiritual development.
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About the author

John Elfers, PhD, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and education consultant. He has created educational programs in the areas of mental health, adolescent reproductive health, drug intervention, and community building. He continues to conduct research in the area of transformative practices. He is an associate core faculty for Sofia University, USA.

Patty Hlava, PhD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Meditation Instructor in practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health and Wellness as well as Healthwise Mindfulness and Yoga Psychology Studio. Her research has been published in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.


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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Dec 7, 2016
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Pages
225
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ISBN
9783319410302
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Psychology / Emotions
Psychology / General
Psychology / Social Psychology
Social Science / Social Work
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