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The Gift of Thanks

The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude
Visser, Margaret (Book - 2009)
The Gift of Thanks
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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. "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.
Authors: Visser, Margaret
Title: The gift of thanks
the roots and rituals of gratitude
Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Characteristics: 458 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2008.
Contents: Pt. 1. Saying
"What do you say?"
No thanks
It's only natural
"I'm so sorry"
"Thank you very much indeed"
Pt. 2. Giving, receiving, returning
Why give back?
All wrapped up
The three graces
Give it away
The give-and-take of everyday life
Pt. 3. Meaning
Votive offerings
Unpacking "gratitude"
The fourth law of nature
After all
Tipping
Freedom and equality
Gestures
Memory and narrative
Pt. 4. Feeling
Emotions
Feeling grateful
Learning and lasting
Pt. 5. Rejecting
The marble-hearted fiend
We are not grateful
The poisoned gift
Pt. 6. Recognizing
Gratitude instead
Partiality and transcendence
Recognition.
Summary: 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.
"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.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0151013314
9780151013319
Branch Call Number: 394 VIS
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Visser
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Gratitude.
Topical Term: Gratitude.
LCCN: 2009014018
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