A Groundbreaking Guide to Gratitude

D. VeaseyNovember 24, 2010

Regis University psychology professor, licensed psychologist and Jesuit Priest Charles Shelton has authored a new book which serves as a groundbreaking guide to gratitude.

Called “The Gratitude Factor – Enhancing Your Life through Grateful Living” the book helps readers to reflect on the role of gratitude in their lives and to cultivate this virtue for their own benefit. The first author to offer a critique of gratitude through an explanation of various types of gratitude, Shelton uses his skills as a clinical psychologist to present insights into the human experience of gratitude based on his own research. 

“In these troubled economic and political times, how does the average person maintain an acceptable level of inner peace and personal satisfaction? One answer available to everyone is, simply, cultivate a sense of gratitude,” said Shelton. “Scientific evidence confirms over and over again that a grateful perspective provides a needed antidote to the stressors and strains we encounter in daily life. “

Duke University head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and the president of the University of Norte Dame are two of several who offer praise for Shelton’s book.

The exercises, strategies, and reflection questions threaded throughout The Gratitude Factor give it a unique practical dimension that facilitates the reader’s growth in gratitude. Shelton’s highly original reflection on Jesus as a grateful person lends a valuable spiritual dimension to h is work.

A professor in the Psychology Department at Regis University, Shelton has been at the University since 1988. He earned a doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago and also has degrees from St. Louis University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. 

He also is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado, having operated his own private practice for 15 years. His work has primarily been in the areas of the psychology of moral development and mental health issues. Shelton also serves as the chaplain for the Regis University men’s soccer and baseball teams. 

The award-winning author of five previous books, Shelton has written extensively on such topics as conscience development, pastoral ministry, spiritual formation and mental health issues.