The Gift of Thanks

The Gift of Thanks

The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude

Book - 2009
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"The Gift of Thanks" considers cultural history, including the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and account for it, and the newly awakened scientific interest in the biological and evolutionary roots of emotions.
This fascinating inquiry into all aspects of gratitude ranges from the unusual determination with which parents teach their children to thank, to the difference between speaking the words and feeling them, to the ways different cultures handle the complex matters of giving, receiving, and returning favors and presents. It also illuminates the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and discover its biological and evolutionary roots.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151013319
Branch Call Number: 394 Vi
Characteristics: 458 pages ; 24 cm


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May 13, 2015

This book was a dense read and was often too linguistically focused for my taste but I did find some interesting and challenging insights into the cognitive process of gratitude that expanded my thinking on how to increase my capacity and teach this virtue to my child.


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