Generosity in quotes

“Gratitude is about remembering.  If there is a crisis of gratitude in contemporary life as some have claimed, it is because we are collectively forgetful. . . A French proverb states that gratitude is the memory of the heart—it is the way that the heart remembers. The memory of the heart includes the memory of those we are dependent on just as the forgetfulness of dependence is unwillingness or inability to remember the benefits provided by others. Do you want to be a grateful person? Then remember to remember.”

Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at University of California Davis and founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology, from a blog post titled “Is Gratitude Queen of the Virtues?”


  1. susanlcampbell2012 says:

    remembering to remember all we have received from others, as gifts… to bring our life to where it is. So important. And I really appreciate Emmons note about the challenges we have for our children who so often live ‘entitled’ lives. Not easy — but it is good to dig deeper to the root of the issue… thanks Rebekah for sharing this !

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