Witnessing excellence in action: the ‘other-praising’ emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration

  title={Witnessing excellence in action: the ‘other-praising’ emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration},
  author={Sara B. Algoe and J. Haidt},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  pages={105 - 127}
  • Sara B. Algoe, J. Haidt
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Positive Psychology
  • People are often profoundly moved by the virtue or skill of others, yet psychology has little to say about the ‘other-praising’ family of emotions. Here we demonstrate that emotions such as elevation, gratitude, and admiration differ from more commonly studied forms of positive affect (joy and amusement) in many ways, and from each other in a few ways. The results of studies using recall, video induction, event-contingent diary, and letter-writing methods to induce other-praising emotions… CONTINUE READING
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