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Chris Schembra      

USA Today’s “Gratitude Guru”, Best-Selling Author of "Gratitude and Pasta: The Secret Sauce for Human Connection"

Chris Schembra is the bestselling author of "Gratitude and Pasta: The Secret Sauce for Human Connection", chronicling his adventures as one of the most sought-after dinner hosts in the World. Forbes has just ranked his book as the #2 book of 2020 to create Human Connection and USA Today calls him the "Gratitude Guru".

Chris is the Founder + Chief Question Asker of 7:47, which helps companies create meaningful connection through the 7:47 Gratitude Experience — an evidence-based framework that helps leaders build community and strengthen relationships. 7:47 has sparked over 500,000 relationships.

Currently, 7:47 is leading a multi-year long study on how gratitude improves well-being, promote pro-social behavior, and is ultimately great for building fruitful business relationships. Their research revolves around a singular question, “If you could give credit or thanks to one person in your life, that you don’t give enough credit or thanks to, who would that be?”

Aside from 7:47, Chris is a Contributing Producer at OHenry Productions which both invest in and produce commercial theater. He’s led social campaigns with over 1,000,000 (million) participants, lowering the suicide rate among veterans with ptsd, and the projects Chris has been involved in have been awarded 14 Tony Awards, 7 Emmy’s and a Grammy.

He’s been selected #5 on the “10 Motivational Speakers that will Rock your next event” by Marketing Insider Group. He was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Smart Hustle Magazine, and “People of 2017” by Clientele Luxury Magazine. Recently, he was honored alongside Michael Phelps, Chris Evans, Kid Cudi and several others as “6 Successful Men Smashing the Mental Health Stigma” by Good Men Project.

His direct work has been talked about in Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, USA TThe New York Times, Variety Magazine, Fox News Channel, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Bravo TV, Newsmax TV, Thrive Global, “Good Morning NY,” and many more.

Speech Topics

Gratitude is Better Together

In the final Act, attendees come together to share their learnings and collaborate on the future of culture. This innovative process invites attendees to co-create a bridge to belonging (actionable allyship plan) with a partner who has different life experiences. Through honest dialogue in safe spaces, each attendee experiences empathy, gratitude, and what it means to belong. For many, this is a pivotal shift that reduces loneliness and motivates attendees to create belonging for others.

Gratitude for Our Differences

Attendees explore what differentiates them, celebrate the unique perspective they bring to the organization, and share how they desire to belong. 7:47’s creative process uses both empathy and curiosity to expose the biases that can exist within homogenous groups in order to create communal resources, increase selfawareness, and create psychological safety and trust. By using gratitude to process past memories and one’s unique differences, science shows that you can destigmatize it.

The Virtual Gratitude Experience

We begin with the signature 7:47 Virtual Gratitude Experience, where your leadership and ERG groups dive beneath the surface and share their stories. In addition to realizing that they have more in common than they might expect, 99.8% of attendees report a positive emotional transformation and greater inspiration to engage at work.


How to Practice Prosocial, Altruistic and Empathetic Gratitude
G: Given Prosocially For many years, positivity gurus have promoted the idea of the gratitude journal as the end-all-be-all solution for gratitude. You write in it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, to give gratitude to positive things in your life. Now, what’s great about the gratitude journal is that it gives you an instantaneous momentary burst of happiness and thanks. But the problem is that just practicing gratitude on your own in a journal does not have the same benefits as practicing in a prosocial way. When you practice gratitude in a small group format, people get the benefits of giving gratitude, receiving gratitude and observing gratitude. In essence, it builds community. R: Rooted in the Past, Granular and Specific So many people will write in their gratitude journals that they’re thankful for the sun, grateful for their health, grateful for food, and so. The issue is, that’s not specific. Gratitude in the present is just mindfulness, rumination and momentary appreciation. Gratitude in the past is giving credit and thanks to something measurable that you can track the benefits of. A: Authentic and Intrinsically Motivated You can give gratitude in a very selfish way, meaning you give gratitude in a way that’s most convenient for you, the giver. We believe that in order for something to be authentic, you must be intrinsically motivated and go out of your way to show that credit and thanks when it is due. Z: Zero Expectations of Reciprocity Gratitude is not a response to feeling indebted. Gratitude is not a response for someone giving you something and you feeling like you have to give that back. When you want to give gratitude, do it in a giving way. Adam Grant wrote a book, Give and Take, on how the most successful people in the world are intrinsically motivated, altruistic givers. Gratitude is that thing. Gratitude isn’t writing down all the benefits you’ve received and making sure you pay them back. Gratitude isn’t writing down all the gratitude that you’ve given and making sure you get it back. In fact, when you give gratitude through a gift or a card, we almost want you to burn any trace of you giving that gratitude, so you don’t get in the habit of measuring whether you’ve received it back from that person or not. I: Inquisitive Question-Asking Sir Francis Bacon is often attributed to having said, “a good prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” We believe that a good prudent question is one-half of gratitude. All the work that we do revolves around a good prudent question or signature gratitude question: If you could give credit or thanks to one person in your life whom you don’t give enough credit or thanks to, who would that be? Who have you never thought to thank? This question makes you sit and think about gratitude and identify measurable specific moments from your past that you’d like to give thanks to. E: Egoless and Empathetic Not all gratitude given is gratitude heard. Giving gratitude in a language that’s most convenient to you is ego — it’s lazy and selfish. But giving gratitude in the language of the recipient is empathetic. Gary Chapman wrote The Five Love Languages and in the book, he outlines that people like to receive love in one (or sometimes more) of five ways: receiving gifts, words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch or gifts. The language or way of giving that’s convenient to you might not be the same to the receiver. Today is your call to action. Go out and observe the life around you. What benefits have you received from others that you’ve overlooked? Who do you need to thank?

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