Prof. Laura Russell revives the practice of gratitude

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Laura Russell, assistant professor of communication asks,”In a culture that often focuses on giving forth and achieving, when and how do we learn the art of receiving?”

Russell examines this question for an Inside Higher Ed “Academic Minute.” In it, she notes:

“With Thanksgiving on the horizons we are called to pause and question not what we have done, but rather what we have been given. Gratitude is celebrated through holiday songs, charming news stories, and poetic greeting cards. Yet while promoting ways to be thankful, these popular understandings often frame gratitude as a simple act of acknowledgment. But could it be something more? What does it mean to live in and through gratitude?”

“Imagine the many “givens” in our lives that have always “been there.” How do we become better receivers capable recognizing all that has been and continues to be given to us?”

Posted Date 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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