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Podcast with Robert Emmons

Are You Reaching For Gratitude At Work? Podcast with Robert Emmons

Today we’re talking to Robert Emmons, who’s a professor of psychology at the University of California. Bob’s research focuses on the Psychology of Gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing and wellbeing. Bob has authored over 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters written or edited eight books, including The Psychology of Gratitude. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and public events and has his groundbreaking work on gratitude featured in dozens of popular media outlets all over the world. Bob is also the founding editor and editor in chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In this week’s episode, we explore how the practice of gratitude can help us care for wellbeing in workplaces and the practical things leaders and teams can do to practice affirmation and recognition of each other.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:30] – Bob defines gratitude for us.
  • [04:27] – Bob shares some of the common misunderstandings people have about gratitude when it comes to improving wellbeing.
  • [07:14] – Bob explains the bottom-line benefits for prioritizing gratitude in workplaces.
  • [09:45] – Bob shares what recent studies have found in terms of how gratitude works neurologically.
  • [13:17] – Bob explains how the practice of gratitude can help leaders and teams feel psychologically safe.
  • [15:10] – Bob offers some tips for how the best ways to express gratitude in workplaces.
  • [17:43] – Bob offers some advice to ensure our expressions of gratitude are authentic.
  • [21:17] – Bob shares what the research is finding in terms of the most effective forms of expressing gratitude.
  • [26:00] – Bob enters the lightning round.

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