Before discussing this research, we should consider what it means to describe gratitude–or hope, joy or awe–as “positive” traits,“positive” emotions or “positive” strengths of character. A common way in which “positive” is applied in positive psychology–and in emotion research generally (see Solomon & Stone, 2002)–rests on phenomenology: gratitude often feels good. Psychology has tended towards a hedonic view of well-being wherein “positive emotions” equate somewhat simplistically to “pleasant emotions.” On this basis, an emotion or trait can be described as “positive” simply because it feels good to experience it. There are some serious problems with this account, however.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology|
|Editors||Nicholas Brown, Tim Lomas, Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa|
|Place of Publication||London & New York|
|Pages||53 - 69|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Sep 2017|
- Positive Psychology