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Unformatted text preview: down something you’re grateful for Gratitude as guide to good life Gratitude as guide to good life (Emmons, McCullough, 2001) • Barometer – Tracks generosity in relationships • Motive – Clark: thanked participants more likely to help – Kurzban (2001): touched participants more likely to cooperate with stranger • Reward – “thank you” on bill: 11% higher tips – Volunteerism (to home for elderly) • Baseline return: 43% • Sent thank you notes: 80%l Gratitude Diaries (count your Gratitude Diaries (count your blessings) • McCullough, Emmons, 2003: Expressions of • • gratitude once a week for 10 weeks, better health, happiness 3 weeks later compared to: baseline control condition, a complaint condition Lyubomirsky: 1 time a week write down what you’re grateful for, boosts in happiness; every day gratitude practice, no effects Gratitude diaries promote (Emmons, 2008) – – – Reduced blood pressure Better peer relations in kids Boosts in test scores for kids Narrative reflection Narrative reflection • Write about an experience of awe, when you felt you were in the presence of something greater than the self Beauty, Awe, and the Sacred Beauty, Awe, and the Sacred • • • • • • A Family of Awe Experiences Nature Beauty Awe Reverence Sacred A Brief History of Awe (Keltner & A Brief History of Awe Haidt, 2003) • Early conversion experiences, being in presence of God – St Paul’s conversion – Vismaya in Hinduism • Burke’s revolution (1757): secular awe – – – – Patterns light, dark Ox vs. cow Not smells Power, obscurity • Immanuel Kant (1764): An Essay on the Sublime and the Beautiful – Aesthetic experience vs. awe • Emerson (1860s): Transcendent self in Nature • Max Weber (1905): political awe A Family of Awe experiences A Family of Awe experiences (Keltner & Haidt, 2003) God Leader Elevation Vast X Tornado X Cathedral X Music Aesthetics Accom Threat Beauty Virtue Supernatural X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X ? X ? Emerson Emerson • In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life­­ no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, — all me...
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