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Su 2014 Gratitude Wiki

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 Being thankful and appreciative




     Gratitude as defined by the Oxford Dictionaries is the quality of being thankful and having a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Presented below is a plethora of information on gratitude that gives rise to this definition.

     The peer-reviewed articles below include studies that explain correlations between having appreciation and happiness within different populations, individuals, and even religious practices. The articles provide a stepping stone into measuring the trait of gratitude and finding the correlations of gratitude and the benefiting factors it has on us humans.

     While you navigate through the books you will find that many begin processing the ideal of having an attitude of gratitude and develop steps to producing more gratitude in our lives.

     The selection of websites offers many ways in which we can reflect on what we are grateful for, tips on how to show more gratitude, and how gratitude can benefit our health.

     These website links flow right into our media components which include motivational speeches, quotes, songs and techniques that will inspire you in becoming more grateful. The last part of our wiki contains a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge along with personal summaries of individuals who have experienced their own gratitude practices. We hope that you find the information in our wiki to be very valuable and beneficial in your journeys to achieving more appreciation and subjective well-being. (Trent Fogelson)





Peer-reviewed Articles:


Gratitude and Happiness.pdf


In four studies done by Watkins et al., gratitude is measured through the Gratitude Resentment and Appreciation Test (GRAT). The four different studies in this article provide support that gratitude is a trait that can have mental and physical health benefits. (Trent Fogelson)

Watkins, P. C., Woodward, K., Kolts, R. L., & Stone, T. Gratitude And Happiness: Development Of A Measure Of Gratitude, And Relationships With Subjective Well-Being.Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 431-451.


Gratitude and Well-being in Adolescence.pdf


In this study, gratitude is tested on many different dimensions to examine its effects on optimism, life satisfaction, and social support during early adolescence. Gender differences are examined to identify correlates between gratitude and family support. (Trent Fogelson)

Kashdan, T. B. Gratitude And Subjective Well-being In Early Adolescence: Examining Gender Differences. Journal of Adolescence, 633-650.


Spiritual and Religious Correlates of Gratitude.pdf


In this article, Emmons and Kneezel research the comparisons of gratitude in religious and non-religious practices. The Judeo-Christian faith is the main religion discussed in this article and explains the importance of gratitude within this religious practice. (Trent Fogelson)

Emmons, R. A., & Kneezel, T. T. Giving Thanks: Spiritual and Religious Correlates of Gratitude. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 24, 140-148. Retrieved August 4, 2014







The above material is in introduction to Robert A. Emmons book The Psychology of Gratitude. In this book Emmons talks about gratitude as it is known in history, philosophy, and in various religious practices. (Trent Fogelson)

Emmons, R. A. (2004). The Psychology of Gratitude. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 19-167.




This book by Robert A. Emmons and is a great book because it helps you develop an attitude of gratitude.  (Matt Heisig)




This is a very cool book by Anne O. Kubitsky.  She has people from all over the world send in what they are grateful for and a picture or something to go along with it.  It is very cool to see these from all around the world. (Matt Heisig)




This book is very cool because it talks about how developing an attitude of gratitude will make you feel happier in general. (Matt Heisig)




In this book, author and teacher Kerry Howells writes about gratitude within the education system and speaks to her students about showing appreciation and giving thanks. (Trent Fogelson)

Howells, K. (2012). Gratitude in Education: A Radical View. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.




In this novel Gratitude, Joseph Kertes recreates a true story about the giving hand of a wealthy family who alters the fate of the Jews during World War II. (Trent Fogelson)

Kertes, J. (2009). Gratitude. New York: Thomas Dunne Books.







This is a post from the Chicago Tribune that talks about how we need to spend more time realizing the things we are grateful for.  (Matt Heisig)




The title of this page says it all,  "Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy".  (Matt Heisig)




This is an article from the Huffington Post that is generally about not overlooking things that we can be grateful for.  Even the small things make a difference.  (Matt Heisig)




The Virtues of Life website gives a few helpful tips on how to show gratitude and also provides weekly inspirational quotes. (Trent Fogelson) 




The Greater Good website created by the University of California, Berkeley has many links to the practices we are studying in this course. This particular article includes an interview between Carolyn Gregoire and a Buddist teacher named Jack Kornfield. Kornfield speaks on his experiences with gratitude and mindfulness. (Trent Fogelson)




The above link is an article from Forbes that talks about the benefits gratitude can have on our decision making. (Trent Fogelson) 




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ  (9:55)


This is a TED Talk on Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg and the importance of realizing how grateful we really are.  (Matt Heisig)




Above is a picture with a quote that will make you think about your day and everything you are grateful for. (Matt Heisig)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKhMUh_nfhw  (1:05)


If this song that spongebob sings doesn't want to make you have an "attitude of gratitude" then I don't know what will.  (Matt Heisig)




Here is a beautiful song created by Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod which captures the gratitude felt by people all over the world. (Trent Fogelson)




This video tests an approach to showing gratitude with inspiring affects. (Trent Fogelson)





Eric Ravenscraft shares with us a reminder technique that may strengthen our gratitude. (Trent Fogelson)



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30 Day Gratitude Challenge:

      *Make a list of 30 things you are grateful for


      *Before you start the 30 day challenge, reflect what being grateful for those 30 things means to you.


      *For the next 30 days, choose 1 thing on your list each day to improve your gratitude for it.


      *If one of your list items is that you are grateful for family, then do something that you would not usually do for them.                             This could mean writing a letter; making a call to a family member you haven’t talk to in a while, or giving a gift to one                           of them. If you are grateful for nature and outdoors, make time in your day to go for a hike or smell the flowers. As                               long as what you in engage in is focusing around that list item that you are grateful for.


      *The way in which you experience the most gratitude is up to you. You may use other practices to enhance/improve                                 your gratitude towards your items such as: meditating on those items, journaling about those items, or inspiring                                     others to engage in your list items.


         I find that visualizing my day in the morning and focusing on those items I’m grateful for helps me to achieve the                                  activity to improve my gratitude throughout the day.


       *At the end of 30 days, reflect upon your list items again and make note of any changes you have noticed about                                      showing your gratitude or if you found anything else during your challenge that you are even more grateful for.


(Trent Fogelson)



Gratitude summary.docx


Summary Application – Gratitude.docx (diana deaver)


Comments (6)

Students said

at 8:36 pm on Jul 8, 2014

All of your research paid off and you have a great selection of resources. I would really like to see a sampling of Kubitsky's book, it sounds very cool indeed.
Looking forward to your creative additions.
Renee Dittlof

Students said

at 3:48 pm on Jul 9, 2014

Really enjoy the way you present the effects of gratitude in our lives. Thank you for the well balanced sources of information. However I would like to see more peer review articles, and I also would like to see the titles of the books listed.
Thank you and good luck on the revise version (Amparo Bayless)

Students said

at 4:41 pm on Jul 11, 2014

Great selection of information on "Gratitude". I spent most of my time viewing all the media clips and websites. I loved the song "Grateful" in your number four choice of media clips. I'm always looking for items and ideas of how I can incorporate all the modalities that were learning into my teaching practice, and this video and song will work great. The first media clip by Schwartzberg was very informative and easy to listen to, as well as a good length of time without repetetiveness. This is another resource that I could use in my health classes. The simple but important facts like; 80% of the information we recieve is through our eyes is something that would turn on an awareness light in anyone of any age. The" Science of Happiness" was very creative, and would get anyones brain going on the benefits of "Gratitude". I didn't bring up any of the books but they look interesting and seem to offer a nice variety of topics pertaining to "Gratitude". If you add the picture of each book and make it big enough to see the title, that might add color to your page and provide the clear understanding of what the title is. I printed off a couple of the website articles. Awesome job, thank you.

Students said

at 12:57 pm on Jul 12, 2014

Forgot to sign my review. The one submitted on July 11 at 4:41 was written by (Mary LaCoursiere)

Students said

at 6:45 pm on Jul 14, 2014

First of all, your layout is beautiful! You guys did a wonderful job. It's visually appealing and very easy to navigate. I also really enjoyed the articles you linked to. I especially enjoyed the Forbes article, "How Feeling Grateful Improves Your Decision Making." I'm currently reading the Robert Emmons book you recommended, "Gratitude Works!" and it's a great book - so good recommendation :-)
As far as suggestions, perhaps include a visual or two? Or even just embed the videos that you link to? I wouldn't add too much though, because the simple/clean layout you have set up right now really is beautiful. I'd also love to see a summary of the practice - even just a quick paragraph at the top. Maybe what you've personally taken away from the research you've done here, or even your personal experience with practicing gratitude. I mentioned it on another wiki, but I really enjoy reading about the personal experience that others have with their practices. I know that there's no "right" or "wrong" way to do self care/transformative practices, but it's always nice to hear about someone else's experience - it gives a newbie sort of a "guidepost" to start out with! Wonderful job though. I'm really impressed with your work. (Diana Deaver)

Students said

at 8:14 pm on Jul 16, 2014

Your layout is really nice, and it is organized. Your resources were also really great choices. You have definitely introduced something new to me, so thank you. I just think that maybe having a visual that represents gratitude, and maybe a definition of gratitude would be nice. I also think you just need a personal summary. Overall, you did a great job!
Nicole Ocariza

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