Professor receives grant for gratitude research

University of California, Davis, “UC Davis professor receives $5.6 million for gratitude research,” UC Davis News Service. May 21, 2012.

University of California, Davis , psychology professor Robert Emmons practices what he researches, expressing thanks for a $5.6 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to advance the science of gratitude.

“Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, we will be able to rapidly grow the science of gratitude and expand the scientific database of this key human virtue, particularly in the areas of health and happiness, social relationships and developmental psychology,” said Emmons, editor in chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology and author of three books on gratitude.

The grant will support a three-year project, “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude,” incorporating researchers from UC Davis; UC Berkeley; Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY; and California State University, Dominguez Hills. The project will promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in such settings as schools, workplaces, homes, and communities, to better understand gratitude and its role in a civil society.

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