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Just in Time for Thanksgiving, IDEAS Boston Speaker Reflects on Gratitude

November 20, 2012

David DeSteno, a social emotions researcher who was part of this year’s IDEAS Boston at UMass Boston lineup, has some thoughts about gratitude this Thanksgiving week.

In an column published in The Boston Sunday Globe, DeSteno writes about how he has found in his lab at Northeastern University that people who have felt gratitude toward someone in the past are more likely to return the favor and help a benefactor in need.

DeSteno encourages readers to “embrace the gratitude; feel it as deeply as you can, because in so doing, you’re actually increasing the odds that a year from now, we’ll all have more for which to be grateful. On the deepest, unconscious level, gratitude is really about being grateful for the actions that are yet to come.”

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