Community Conversation: Gratitude

November 21, 2012

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” The author Melody Beattie wrote that, along with thousands of others who have written, thought, and talked about the importance of being thankful.

But it appears that gratitude is more than just a momentary feeling of pleasure – researchers are studying the deeper role that gratitude plays in overall happiness and physical and mental health. New research shows that a gratitude practice for as little as three weeks can result in better sleep, more energy, and an improved sense of overall well-being. What are the benefits of being thankful? Is adopting a gratitude practice right for you?

Crystal Sarakas hosts.


Recommended reading: "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier" by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.


Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director, Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Rev. David Grimm, minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ithaca
Dr. Art Frenz, clinical psychologist