Gratitude in Health Care

As part of its Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project, the GGSC aims to raise awareness among health professionals about the health benefits of gratitude and explore the professional benefits of gratitude in a health care setting. Recent collaborations have included:

  • On October 13, 2015, the GGSC produced a Pioneering Gratitude in Healthcare convening, which included more than 40 leaders from UCSF, Kaiser Permanent, SutterHealth, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps, Dignity Health, and other organizations. Participants came together to review the science of gratitude, share current approaches to delivering or infusing gratitude into the culture of healthcare, and then brainstormed promising paths forward.
  • In November 2016, more than 700 employees at five healthcare organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, Marin General Hospital, and Dignity Health, participated in a “21-Day Gratitude Challenge” through Thnx4.org, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal. Post-challenge surveys of participants showed increased resilience and satisfaction with life, along with a decrease in feelings of loneliness. A second 21-Day Gratitude Challenge is planned for Fall 2017.