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The Spectrum of Gratitude Experience


  • Presents a comprehensive model of gratitude from multidisciplinary perspectives including psychology, social sciences, and spirituality

  • Bridges mainstream mental health and psychology with alternative and holistic approaches, uncovering the transformative and healing qualities of gratitude

  • Offers insight into the transformative potential of gratitude for personal growth, enhanced relationships, and spiritual development


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 1-8
  3. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 31-47
  4. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 49-72
  5. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 73-98
  6. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 99-130
  7. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 131-156
  8. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 157-174
  9. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 175-208
  10. John Elfers, Patty Hlava
    Pages 209-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-225

About this book


Drawing from current research in psychology, the social sciences, and spirituality, this book presents a comprehensive investigation into the heart of gratitude as it arises within lived experience and its role in nurturing relationships.  It explores the range and depth of the emotion experience of gratitude and identifies its relationship with other indicators of wellbeing. New research by the authors reveals gratitude as a feature of transcendence and its connection to higher order experience including spirituality and religion. This book explores the potential for cultivating gratitude as a transformative practice for personal growth, enhancing relationships, and spiritual development.  


Gratitude Phenomenology Transpersonal Psychology Social Psychology Spirituality studies Holistic Health Emotion

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sophia UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.University of St. ThomasMinneapolisUSA

About the authors

John Elfers, PhD, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and education consultant. He has created educational programs in the areas of mental health, adolescent reproductive health, drug intervention, and community building. He continues to conduct research in the area of transformative practices. He is an associate core faculty for Sofia University, USA.

Patty Hlava, PhD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Meditation Instructor in practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health and Wellness as well as Healthwise Mindfulness and Yoga Psychology Studio. Her research has been published in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

Bibliographic information


“This book is most relevant for affective scientists. The authors delicately bridge various theories of emotion (e.g., basic, cognitive, action tendencies) to provide a framework for the multifaceted nature of gratitude. Psychologists interested in this topic who specialize in niche areas may also find some of the chapters beneficial as brief refreshers in topics … .” (Nakia S. Gordon, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (38), September, 2017)