6 Find a program by guest, # or category
6 Category IndexFind a program by guest, # or category
6 Series IndexFind a program by guest, # or category
Kindred Spirits
Public Radio Shows
Special Packages
Walking through the Storm
6 Information
About Humanmedia.org
About the Producer
Shipping and Returns
How You Can Help
MP3 Troubleshooting
Listen to our Podcast
Podcast: More information
Conditions of Use
What's New at HumanMedia.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
The Science of Gratitude[Program 122]
The Science of Gratitude

"Psychologists tell us that the tendency to look on the dark side, what's known as the negativity bias, just pervades our consciousness, and how we interpret our lives, and ourselves, and the world around us. And so we need to gain control over our consciousness. And one way to do that is through the practice of developing gratitude, whether that comes through a gratitude journal, whether it comes through other thoughts and cognitions by which we can replace the non-grateful thoughts."

--Robert A. Emmons, Univ. of California professor of psychology

Gratitude has been called "the most pleasant of virtues and the most virtuous of pleasures." As the blinders of pessimmism are lifted, new possibilities come into view. Now, psychologists are uncovering many benefits from the systematic cultivation of gratitude, from emotional well-being to enhanced physical health. This program features author Catherine Price -- who has battled her own cynicism to find gratitude -- and Prof. Robert Emmons, a Univ. of California/Davis professor of positive psychology and author of "Thanks." Although it is often a spontaneous impulse, feeling grateful is also a complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in human happiness. But it can require a conscious choice, for which positive psychologists have devised concrete exercises, such as maintaining a gratitude journal and stopping to savor wonderful things in everyday life.

More information can be found at the site below:

Four Ways to Give Thanks by Catherine Davis

Play MP3Hear free excerpt

Order online now
Audio CD ($14.95)
Audio MP3 ($4.95)
Order now   MP3 SALE: usually $6.95

Humankind: Other programs

Share on Facebook and help spread the word about Humankind Public Radio!