Three things (sexuality) researchers can be thankful for

December 02, 2014 12:57 PM | Shannon Claxton

This past Thursday while waiting for my post-Thanksgiving stupor to wear off, I spent some time thinking about the things for which I am grateful, including (in no particular order), mashed potatoes, my family, and Thanksgiving Pants. During this time, my thoughts turned to research, and I realized that I have a lot to be thankful for in this area of my life as well. In light of research suggesting that gratitude is linked to positive health outcomes (see for example Wood, Froh, & Geraghty, 2010), I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you!

  1. Online data collection. Although there are downsides, collecting data using a computer is in many ways faster, easier, and better for the environment than paper-and-pencil data collection.
  2. Interesting research innovations. For example, non-intrusive Blood Alcohol Content monitors, Electronically Activated Recorders (EAR) (see Mehl et al., 2001), Actiwatches, and Smartphones (see Miller, 2012) open up new possibilities for research.
  3. The fact that the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood will be in Miami next October. Besides being a great conference and an opportunity to discuss research on emerging adulthood, any excuse to visit Florida during the fall is welcome (especially given that I am currently looking out my window at a cold and snowy day)!

What are you thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comment section J