This book is about how we can identify resentment and its toxic effects on our health, relationships, families, workplaces, environment, and wider society. It provides meaningful and practical ways of loosening the hold of resentment and the powerful role of gratitude in this process. It accounts for dilemmas such as bullying, abuse, betrayal, terminal illness, and war, where resentment would seem the most fitting and natural response. This book will assist readers to navigate their way through the corroding and toxic aspects of resentment to the connecting and affirming influences of gratitude.
This book is the first to explore, in the context of real experiences, the dynamic relationship between gratitude and resentment.
Rather than presenting psychological reasons and/or therapeutic solutions, each chapter explores how gratitude can bring our resentment into the light and the practical ways that it can be addressed and shifted through a practice of gratitude. This structure allows for a nuanced consideration of the ways forward and takes into account cross-cultural and gender perspectives and is embedded in research and narratives of those who have successfully taken this approach to dramatically improve their relationships with others and their effectiveness in their roles.
Gratitude and resentment are highly relational. Each has a significant impact on the quality of our relationships, our community, and the world at large.