Amie M. Gordon
Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D., studies the role of prosocial emotions (e.g., gratitude) and cognitions (e.g., perspective taking) in close relationships. She also conducts research on the impact of sleep on relationship quality. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and her B.A. from UCLA. She blogs for Psychology Today in Between You and Me.
Stories by Amie M. Gordon
Articles: When Should You Forgive Your Partner?By Amie M. Gordon | September 26, 2016
According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.
Amie Gordon offers five tips to maintain (or reignite) the spark in your relationship.
A recent study revealed that rediscovering mundane experiences can make us happier than we think they will. Here are tips for making that happen.
Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.
Articles: When Does Power Hurt Romance?By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
Videos and Podcasts: When Giving Thanks Can BackfireBy Amie M. Gordon | September 18, 2014
At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Amie Gordon, Ph.D., provides an overview of research into the downsides of gratitude.
Articles: Sleep Before You BickerBy Amie M. Gordon | September 17, 2013
Spoiling for a fight with your partner? Before you start, think about how well you or your partner slept the previous night.
Articles: Five Ways Giving Thanks Can BackfireBy Amie M. Gordon | April 29, 2013
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.
Articles: Gratitude is for LoversBy Amie M. Gordon | February 5, 2013
New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.
Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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