Gratitude

“Gratitude elevates, it energizes, it inspires, it transforms.” – Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D

And just like this invaluable virtue, we would like to be a source of energy and inspiration.  To that end, here, we will continually strive to provide content and resources that aim to educate, motivate and create joy.

These are people, organizations, words and events that inspire who we are and what we do.

And, here, we share them with you.

Gratitude

Gratitude

Sam Harris speaks about gratitude. Sam is a neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up app. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He has practiced meditation for more than 30 years, studying with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. Sam created the Waking Up app for anyone who wants to learn to meditate in a modern, scientific context. This is content from the Theory section of the Waking Up app. Thank you to Daniel J. Schwarz for this photo.

The Science of Gratitude

The Science of Gratitude

A white paper by the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley. The GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Thank you to Cesar Couto for this photo.

Where Gratitude Gets You

Where Gratitude Gets You

An episode of the Hidden Brain podcast with guest, David DeSteno. David is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. Thank you to Ante Hamersmit for this photo.

Feeling Gratitude and Giving Love

Feeling Gratitude and Giving Love

A talk by Tara Brach. Tara Brach holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science and a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. She is the Founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and along with Jack Kornfield, leads the Awareness Training Institute. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering. Thank you an unknown photographer for this photo.

Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism

A philosophy and social movement focused on answering one question: How can we best help others?

How our Relationships Shape Us

How our Relationships Shape Us

A talk by Dan Siegel. Dan Siegel, MD, is an internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Thank you to Quino Al for this photo.