How do we express true gratitude?
For those who celebrate the holiday season with gift-giving, it’s a timely question, and UNCG Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Dr. Jonathan Tudge believes he knows the answer.
Tudge’s line of research is the development of gratitude and the decline of materialism in children and adolescents. The Developing Gratitude Research Group consists of two collaborative efforts – one at UNCG and the other in Brazil at the Institute of Psychology at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
Although many scholars who study gratitude view it as a positive emotion, Tudge said he treats it as a virtue – being grateful to those who have benefited us in some way (and a desire to reciprocate if possible) rather than being appreciative for the nice things that happen to us.
Originally published December 13, 2017.