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PHO Webinar: The Incredible Power of Gratitude

Relationships are at the core of home visiting and community outreach programs. In relationships with colleagues or clients - expressing gratitude has been shown to increase positive emotions, improve health, enhance the capacity to respond to adversity and strengthen relationships. Practicing gratitude has also been shown to increase our perceived trustworthiness to others. In this webinar, the effects of gratitude on our brains, bodies, and relationships will be explored. Practical daily ways to build gratitude into one’s everyday life, including professional practice, will also be shared. Strategies for teaching clients about the power of gratitude and how they can incorporate it into their lives and parenting will also be discussed.

Intended audience: Public health nurses delivering the Healthy Babies Healthy Children or Nurse-Family Partnership programs through Ontario’s public health units; family home visitors and program supervisors/managers may also be interested in attending

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of gratitude and the desire to practice it
  • Identify two or more gratitude practices
  • Describe three ways gratitude benefits individuals’ overall wellbeing

Présentateur(s): Dr. Lucy Houghton, PhD, RN, NC-BC

Dr. Lucy Houghton, PhD, RN, NC-BC, is a registered nurse, culture and resilience researcher, and a board-certified wellness coach. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Exercise Science and Nursing, a Masters degree in Sports Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Health & Human Performance. She has spent the last twenty years working in healthcare in emergency services, post-anesthesia, sports medicine, and developing country community health. Her research focuses on developing strategies to mitigate burnout, loneliness, and organizational trauma through holistic resilience, courage cultivation, and emotional competency.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 14 mars 2023