This assignment combines fact and practical application. Â Your essay is to be divided into two (2) parts. Â
You will be required to do the following:
- Investigate and report on the scientific aspects of the practice of gratitude (Part 1)
- Reflect on the personal benefits of the practice of gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal (Part 2)
For Part 1, you will research and report on the informational aspects of the practice of gratitude, such as the definition, the science behind the practice — Â how it provides benefits to one’s well-being and greater happiness, as well as how to implement the practice of gratitude.Â
Use at least two scholarly sources to compile your information. Â Note that scholarly sources are articles or books that are written by researchers or experts in a field in order to share the results of their original research or analysis with other researchers and students. These resources often go through a process known as peer review where the article or book is reviewed by a group of experts in the field. Â If you are unsure what qualifies as a scholarly source, feel free to use sources from the Resource List Â included in this module. Â For the informational aspects in Part 1, you will need to cover the following points:
- Definition of gratitude/practice of gratitude: Â Expound on what these terms mean.
- Benefits of practicing gratitude: Â Tell what researchers have discovered about the practice of gratitude and how that relates to the pursuit of happiness. Â Tell how it improves general well-being. Â Tell how keeping a written record of the statements of gratitude via a gratitude journal or other means is an important component of the practice of gratitude. Â Tell what it is like keeping a gratitude journal.
Part 1 is a rough draft to submit for feedback to make sure you are on the right track with your essay. Â I will review your rough draft and give you recommendations for changes, if necessary. Â Do not submit your rough draft of Part 1 as your final copy until after I have reviewed it. Â Once I review it, you may submit your final essay. Â Your rough draft will not count as a separate grade, but will be counted in your overall semester project grade. Â Do not submit Part 2 reflection section with your Part 1 – informational rough draft. Â You will submit both parts when you submit your final copy of your essay.