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Emmons Lab

UCD: Emmons Lab

Lab Director: Dr. Robert Emmons

Gratitude and Thankfulness
Gratitude is the “forgotten factor” in happiness research. We are engaged in a long-term research project designed to create and disseminate a large body of novel scientific data on the nature of gratitude, its causes, and its potential consequences for human health and well-being. Scientists are latecomers to the concept of gratitude. Religions and philosophies have long embraced gratitude as an indispensable manifestation of virtue, and an integral component of health, wholeness, and well-being. Through conducting highly focused, cutting-edge studies on the nature of gratitude, its causes, and its consequences, we hope to shed important scientific light on this important concept. For further information, please contact Robert Emmons at This project was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

We continue to be engaged in two main lines of inquiry at the present time: (1) developing methods to cultivate gratitude in daily life and assess gratitude’s effect on well-being, and (2) developing a measure to reliably assess individual differences in dispositional gratefulness. Much of this work focuses on the development of gratitude in children. I am collaborating with Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono on the Youth Gratitude Project.


Books on gratitude by me and other favorites of mine:

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