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GGSC Co-produces Public Radio Special on “The Science of Gratitude”

Announcement | November 19, 2015

Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the one-hour documentary will air on stations nationwide this holiday season. Check with your local public radio station to learn when you can hear it.

The past 10 years have seen an explosion in the scientific study of happiness. The findings so far are complex, and incomplete. But if they could be distilled into one simple prescription for happiness, it would probably be this: Say thank you.

Gratitude, it seems, is a key—perhaps the key—to feeling more satisfied with your life. It improves your relationships with loved ones. It’s even good for your heart.

Susan Sarandon, host of <em>The Science of Gratitude</em> Susan Sarandon, host of The Science of Gratitude

Learn more about these and many other cutting-edge findings in The Science of Gratitude, a one-hour radio special narrated by Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon. The special, produced by the Peabody Award-winning Ben Manilla Productions in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center, will air this holiday season on public radio stations nationwide, distributed by Public Radio International. Funding was provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

The Science of Gratitude will combine scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful. Throughout the hour, you’ll gain practical insights into how to cultivate more gratitude in yourself, your kids, your workplace, and beyond.

Listen to a 16-minute sample below. In this taste of the full program, you’ll learn what chimpanzees and department stores have to do with gratitude, and why the U.S. National Park Service provides evidence that gratitude can be passed down through generations.

If you’re a station program director interested in airing the one-hour special, along with eight short-form companion pieces, please contact your client relations manager at Public Radio International.

And if you’re a public radio listener, check with your local public radio station to determine when The Science of Gratitude will be broadcast in your area. Currently, stations in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, Detroit, Sacramento, San Diego, Atlanta, Honolulu, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and many other cities are planning to air it.


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