Resilience & Wellness: Awe and Gratitude

This workshop will end at 12:50 p.m. to allow a break between meetings.

 This workshop will focus on the many benefits of positive emotions. Positive emotions such as joy, love, and contentment have generally beneficial effects such as broadening the scope of attention and building physical, social, and emotional resources. Positive emotions increase well-being and buffer against stress.

Gratitude practices build the capacity to notice and reflect on what one has received, positive experiences, and the benefits that come from working through adversity or trauma. Gratitude has positive effects on mood, sleep, productivity and other important variables.

The emotion of awe has specific benefits. Creating more opportunities to cultivate awe, and understanding what enables and detracts from these experiences, can enable individuals to realize the benefits of this positive emotion.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the benefits of positive emotions including improved sleep, creativity, and productivity.
  • Participants will practice a specific gratitude exercise called “hunt the good stuff.”
  • Participants will practice an activity designed to induce awe.

This workshop will be facilitated by David Fessell, MD, Professor of Radiology and Certified Executive Coach. 

This workshop is part of a series of resilience workshops. Others include: 

Resilience & Wellness: Joy Multiplier

Resilience & Wellness: Optimism


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at or 734-764-2574.
Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop. Interested in attending a future session? Let us know.