We all need sources of inspiration, provocation, and support to live our best lives. Writing, videos, and audio recordings nourish a commitment to living gratefully. Search here for treasures and draw freely from their gifts…
(On Being, February, 2016) “Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.”
Awe stops us in our tracks and opens us up to gratitude, and then to generosity. A new study finds that “feeling small” in the face of something much larger than ourselves – makes us more generous and more helpful.
A lot of so-called “positive psychology” can seem a bit flaky, especially if you’re the sort of person disinclined to respond well to an admonition to “look on the bright side.” But positive psychologists have published some interesting findings, and one of the more robust ones is that feeling grateful is very good for you. Now a brain-scanning study in NeuroImage brings us a little closer to understanding why these exercises have these effects…
Gratitude, it seems, is a key—perhaps the key—to feeling more satisfied with your life. It improves your relationships with loved ones. It’s even good for your heart. Learn more about these and many other cutting-edge findings in The Science of Gratitude. The program combines scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful.
Gratitude is, above all, a social emotion. It’s possible to be happy or miserable and…
Francesca Gino and Adam Grant, of Harvard Business School and Wharton, respectively, discuss their research on gratitude and generosity. November 27, 2013
“To know better what regions [in the brain might be responsible for gratitude] is a really great first step toward understanding how we can advance and promote gratitude in the world,” says researcher, Glenn Fox
(December 2014) Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. University of California, Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.
(June, 2015) Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
(2012) Jane Ransom helps people build great relationships—with themselves, their partners and the rest of the world.
Excerpts from the introduction of Howell’s book – the first comprehensive text that is solely dedicated to the specific relevance of gratitude to the teaching and learning process.
(2014) At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Sara B. Algoe of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, describes her research into how gratitude affects romantic partners’ feelings for one another, as well as their style of relating to each other.
In recent years, science has explored the impact of feeling grateful on our health, sleep, relationships and more. For a deep dive into the particulars of why living gratefully matters, we offer this list of studies.
(2015) Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a well-respected researcher and practitioner of integrated medicine, put together the following short on how to cultivate a (very) happy brain. It’s backed by an evidence base, and it’s powerful. So go ahead and give his lessons a try. It’s the doctor’s orders.
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