The Science of Gratitude

Matt O’Grady

September 10–12, 2021

Tuition $300 + 2 nights

The decision to live a life of gratitude takes an initial leap of faith and a commitment to daily practice. Now, you can discover the science of gratitude that supports what people have intuitively understood. Congratulations on having made the life-changing decision to practice mindfulness and gratitude. Whether you began 10 years ago, 10 weeks ago or 10 minutes ago, you should take a moment to thank yourself for taking all those steps on the pathway to true happiness, joy and peace.

But, there is always more to learn. And that’s why you are here.

Discover the Science of Gratitude

During The Science of Gratitude, I welcome you to learn among your peers — others who have embraced and cultivated a regular gratitude practice — the science behind gratitude. We know by experience that a daily gratitude practice can benefit our health, relationships, work and sleep. However, it’s no coincidence that some who focus on gratitude and mindfulness enjoy the benefits of being able to more easily release stress than those who don’t commit to an attitude of gratitude.

Why? Science! It’s been proven time and again by scientists who study these health-boosting practices that a daily gratitude practice calms anxiety, releases stress and boosts the immune system, while also connecting us to a deeper part of ourselves. Does gratitude eliminate stress? No. We are still human beings who encounter uncomfortable circumstances. But having an emotional toolbox filled with the very important tools of gratitude, mediation and mindfulness, among others, helps us to work through the stress and other negative emotions faster and more effectively. An understanding of why these tools work can deepen not only your understanding of these practices but also help you recommit to living a daily gratitude practice.

How We Will Learn Together

Join me for an exploration of the scientific facts behind why living a grateful life is so beneficial for us — mind, body and soul. We will dig deep into the scientific study of gratitude, which is rooted in ancient wisdom as well as cutting-edge science.

But we will do more than just talk. This is not a lecture but a participatory class where, together, we’ll learn through meditation, discussion and writing about the practices of “Being Thankful” and gentle movement and exercise, how to best apply this wisdom. I promise, you’ll deepen your knowledge of and interest in emotional and spiritual growth. And, you will leave this weekend with a heightened gift of gratitude which promises to support, deepen and expand all areas of your life, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Matt O’Grady

Matt O’Grady is a coach, author, speaker and the host of “Matt O’Grady Coaching” podcast. He guides people around the world as they seek to attain new levels of connection, serenity, happiness and success through self-awareness, meditation and practicing gratitude. He is the author of Living Gratitude: A Simple Path to Happiness and Breathe: 5 Meditations for Happiness and Stress Relief. Matt holds degrees in Psychology & Holistic Health and has studied Buddhism and Esoteric Wisdom Traditions for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of Soul Brothers, a non-profit organization geared toward supporting families in need. Soul Brothers, like everything that Matt O’Grady supports, provides a safe place for emotional awareness and expression. Visit to learn more about Matt and his commitment to helping you find joy and peace through gratitude.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.