What Good is Gratitude? Lessons Learned from the Science of Gratefulness - Part 3 of our 3-part speaker series

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020, 9 - 10 AM

Location: This presentation will be held virtually. Although this presentation is geared toward students, it is free and open to the public.

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What Good is Gratitude? Lessons Learned From the Science of Gratefulness (student/faculty talk)

Gratitude, the affirmation and recognition of benefits received, is both a personal good and a social good, valuable for the person who possesses it and valuable for society at large. This way of being in the world encircles much of what we do and who we are. The power of gratitude derives from a need that is deeply entrenched in the human condition—the need to give thanks. Two decades of research has verified that gratitude generates a positive ripple effect through every area of our lives, potentially satisfying some of our deepest yearnings—our desire for happiness, our pursuit of better relationships, our ability to make meaning out of suffering, and our ceaseless quest for inner peace, health, wholeness, and contentment.



Learning Objectives
1. Participants will learn about the latest research on the benefits of gratitude in the domains of mental and physical health, including surprising and counter-intuitive findings.

2. Participants will be able to identify three mechanisms linking grateful thinking and grateful expressions with improved outcomes.

3. Participants will learn how a gratitude practice is an accessible and inexpensive way to boost their health and spirits and how the practice of gratitude can produce long-term, sustainable benefits.


Bio of Presenter:
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis where he has taught since 1988. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of over 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited eight books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin), Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass) and The Little Book of Gratitude (Hachette). A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is Founding Editor and Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing and well-being. A frequent speaker at professional conferences and public events, Dr. Emmons has guest lectured at Yale, Oxford, Cornell, and the University of Michigan. He has received research funding by the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M. Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. His ground-breaking work on gratitude has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Today Show. He lives with his wife of 24 years, Yvonne, and their two sons and two dogs in Davis, California.

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