Program Details

The Science of Wellness: The Science of Gratitude

Lana Jones
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Wellness is an overall feeling of contentment with our physical, mental, and emotional selves. A large contributor to overall wellness is the expression of gratitude. Even thinking about what or whom we are grateful for can elevate our mood instantly. Gratitude not only impacts our mood but also affects relationships, performance, and overall well-being. The field of positive psychology has sought to define gratitude and identify individual factors that contribute to a sense of thankfulness in people. Dr. Jones will review the current scientific research into the individual, social and cultural factors influencing gratitude. She will detail the benefits of expressing and experiencing gratitude on individual and societal levels. Finally, several gratitude interventions will be offered to improve overall mental health and well-being. This event can be highly beneficial alone but will be enhanced with the other Science of Wellness programs: the Science of Happiness and the Science of Flourishing.

About the Instructor

  • Lana Jones, Ph.D., is currently an instructor in the Psychology Department at FAU. Jones earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University of Miami and her master’s degree in experimental psychology from FAU. She is primarily focused on utilizing positive psychology techniques, improving pedagogic approaches, and providing an equitable and inclusive environment in the college classroom. She is also pursuing a second master's degree in counselor education in order to provide counseling services to clients in the future.