Other Emotions Worthy Of Praise

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Other Emotions Worthy of Praise: Elevation and Gratitude In Algoe and Haidit’s article titled, Witnessing excellence in action: the ‘other-praising’ emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration, the authors began and ended with these two quotes: Despite their potential impact, psychologists now very little about the terrain positive emotions because only one of these emotions has been well-mapped: ‘happiness.’ Elevation, gratitude, and admiration are not just flavors of happiness. They are part of the human emotional repertoire that, until now has been largely unexplored, and whose potential remains largely untapped (Algoe and Haidt, 2004). Students did not say they felt “elevated” during their family trips, but they shared memorable moments of happiness, benevolence, and gratification. Algoe and Haidit introduced traditional and recent empirical research on the effects and benefits of gratitude, which provides commentary on the students’ memories with their families. “Recent evidence suggests that gratitude often serves a broader social function, namely, promoting relationships with responsive ones,” (p. 3). “We recently demonstrated that the two most robust predictors of gratitude were the perception that the benefactor was being responsive to the needs and wishes of the recipient (i.e. thoughtful), and liking the benefit,” (3). Again, this goes back to being mindful and practicing mindfulness. Positive psychology focus on positive emotions that included a wide

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