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The Evolution of Gratitude

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero -

The Evolution of Gratitude

Malini Suchak, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College, researches gratitude, discovering that "Gratitude is one of the fundamentally important parts of human life." But why is it "as much a part of our social relationships as gossip?" Darwin himself suggested that humans and other animals share the "same emotions, even the more complex ones such as jealousy, suspicion, emulation, gratitude, and magnanimity." As for gratitude -- her initial research among chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys suggests that Darwin might be right. { read more }

Be The Change

Notice your feelings the next time you receive something from someone, then pass it on by giving something to someone else. Gratitude may well be contagious.


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