Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Power of Compassion, Gratitude and Pride

Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Power of Compassion, Gratitude and Pride

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The power of compassion, gratitude and pride

In a society that is obsessed with success, many of us are not reaching our goals. Author David DeSteno, PhD, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, believes it's because we rely too heavily on grit, quick fixes and self-control.

In his compelling new book Emotional Success, he spells out why three emotions-gratitude, compassion and pride-are what we need the most to achieve the kind of success that is sustainable over the long run, not the instant gratification or superficial high we might experience in the moment of a job well done.

The author says that feeling gratitude and compassion point us toward valuing the future and what it holds instead of focusing only on the present.

This approach, he suggests, eases the way for us to pursue our goals without relying on sheer willpower that can cause stress and is difficult to maintain over time.

He shows us how gratitude, compassion and pride can permeate and improve our lives. …

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