Gratitude: Going Beyond the List
A free online 90-minute class
My next Gratitude class will be on Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm Eastern. Here are the details and the link to register:
It seems like this is the perfect time to offer a class on gratitude. Most people are aware of the research-proven benefits of cultivating this positive emotion, but we often run into obstacles as we try to do that. For instance, it can be very difficult to offer gratitude for ourselves. Or there may be times when we feel like we are unable to generate any gratitude. And we can wonder if we’re feeling gratitude when our main emotion is relief. (“I sure am grateful that natural disaster didn’t happen here.”) Plus, there are ways to cultivate gratitude that you may not be aware of, such social noting practices.
This class will provide a chance to explore all these things and learn from each other. We’ll start with a gratitude list practice and then share what we find as a way of introducing ourselves. I’ll then cover some of the science of gratitude and how, for instance, it is being used to help address problems like burnout in healthcare professionals. We’ll also talk about how learning about gratitude can make us feel worse as we judge ourselves for not being as grateful as we think we should be.
In addition, I plan on doing an exercise from the Mindful Self-Compassion course that specifically addresses the common difficulty with offering gratitude for ourselves. We’ll also do at least one gratitude meditation designed to both cultivate gratitude and to be ok with those times when we don’t feel it.
If you want to join the class, you can go here to read the waiver and register, or you can use the button below. And if you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to attend, you are welcome to register anyway so you can at least get the handouts (this class isn’t recorded, sorry). If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and thanks for your interest!
With care and gratitude,