Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Melissa Jean

Second Advisor

Dr. Andrew Olendzki


This is a two-part paper. The first part of the paper presents research on how both mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) and gratitude interventions (GIs) offer a promising way to help mitigate the physiological and psychological effects caused by chronic stress by increasing one’s overall sense of well-being (Keng et al., 2011; Wood et al., 2010). Individually, mindfulness and gratitude practices may enhance positive effect and well-being, which suggest that combining both practices may further increase positive outcomes (Hicks et al., 2017) due to their complementary nature. However, research should be approached with caution as there are many methodological limitations that need to be addressed to provide more accurate results in future study (Wood et al., 2010). The second part of this paper presents a Curriculum Guide for Facilitators: An Online Six-Week Mindfulness-Based Gratitude Course which was developed for participants to learn how to integrate mindfulness-based gratitude practices into their daily lives as a means to potentially decrease stress while increasing one’s overall sense of well-being.