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Research has shown that when people cultivate gratitude, they experience a number of psychological, physical, interpersonal, and spiritual benefits. In fact, according to Dr. Robert A. Emmons, "Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction with life of any personality trait—more so than even optimism, hope, or compassion."
The practice of gratitude has cascading effects on our lives, enriching relationships, enhancing well-being, empowering compassion, and intensifying positive emotions. Gratitude enables us to heal, grow, and love more deeply and in new ways.
During her years of teaching about a variety of Positive Psychology constructs, Amy Gunty has come to see firsthand, the power of gratitude in her life and the lives of those around her. This online course offers an opportunity to explore gratitude in depth as both an emotion and an action.
Through lectures, practical assignments, and small group discussions, the course will take a multifaceted approach to the investigation of gratitude, covering philosophical underpinnings, scientific findings, and real-life practices.
Participants will come to better understand why gratitude matters, how we know it matters, and what we can do--including learning how to transcend unexpected obstacles and barriers--to leverage the power of gratitude in your life and the lives of those around you.
Amy Gunty, PhD candidate (Department of Family Social Science), and researcher (Institute on Community Integration), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, works to increase the possibility that individuals and families can live easier, better, and more fulfilled lives. Her current research focuses on the well-being of children with autism and their families, full community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the experience of patient-provider relationships in the context of life-altering illness and injury.