Canadian Positive Psychology Association

From Grateful to Great: How Practicing Gratitude Improves Schools and Families

  • 21 Feb 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Presenter: Giacomo Bono

We've all heard that gratitude is good for us, but why should schools practice it? And what are the best ways to do that? In the last few years science has started to answer these questions. Research shows that the practice of gratitude can be transformational for students and the adults who work with them. This webinar covers the latest research on how gratitude effects human development and shares gratitude practices that can help students and schools thrive.

Gratitude is one of the most valuable and important emotions we possess, and it is a virtue anyone can cultivate. Many youth today go to school with emotional issues that hinder their learning and motivation, and schools must address these challenges to better educate them. Science shows that the practice of gratitude can be beneficial for youth and the adults who work with them. Giacomo Bono, co-author of Making Grateful Kids and Director of the Youth Gratitude Project, introduces the latest research on how gratitude influences human development and how gratitude can make school more enjoyable for students and staff. He shares strategies for practicing gratitude in schools that can help improve students' relationships with peers, teachers and other adults in their life. Not only can these tools be used to help elementary and secondary students, but they can help turn schools into more cooperative, thriving communities.


Giacomo Bono is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. His research Interests include: gratitude, forgiveness, social development, the psychology of well-being, health promotion, and positive youth development. Dr. Bono is co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (2014), Associate Editor for The Journal of Positive Psychology, and director of the Youth Gratitude Project -- a collaboration with University of California Berkeley and Claremont Graduate University that is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The aims of the Youth Gratitude Project are to create a preschool measure of gratitude, and to develop and test a gratitude curriculum targeting preschool and grades 4 through 12 throughout the U.S., with the broad goal of providing schools with resources to support students' well-being, socioemotional skills and character.

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