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: Take a Picture Today, Feel Happy Tomorrow

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

A recent study revealed that rediscovering mundane experiences can make us happier than we think they will. Here are tips for making that happen.


Articles: Is it Time to Take the “Positive” Out of Positive Psychology?

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

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.

At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Amie Gordon, Ph.D., provides an overview of research into the downsides of gratitude.

Videos and Podcasts: When Giving Thanks Can Backfire

By 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 Bicker

By 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 Backfire

By 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.


Articles: Four Ways to Make the Most of Gratitude on Valentine’s Day

By Amie M. Gordon | February 12, 2013

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 Lovers

By Amie M. Gordon | February 5, 2013

New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.


Articles: When Are You Sacrificing Too Much in Your Relationship?

By Amie M. Gordon | August 15, 2012

Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.


Articles: Five Simple Tricks for Healthier Eating

By Amie M. Gordon | June 26, 2012

Trying to make healthier food choices for you and your family? Psychology can help.




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