I was born and raised in New Delhi, India, and first came to the United States in 2003 to pursue a B.A. in Psychology at George Mason University,Virginia. The development of my research interests has been an exciting journey so far, initiated via my undergraduate research experience under the mentorship of Dr. Todd Kashdan with whom I worked for two and a half years in the Lab for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena. My undergraduate honors thesis focused on age and gender differences in the experience, evaluation, and expression of gratitude (Kashdan, Mishra, Breen, & Froh, 2009). As an extension of my previous study, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Emmons, my first study at UCD examined sex differences in various prosocial emotions, including gratitude, forgiveness, and hope. Consistent with my earlier findings, women reacted more positively to experiencing gratitude, which may be a function of their having more “relational selves,” whereas men may have more “autonomous selves.” As Taylor (2000) discusses in her work on men’s tendency toward “fight or flee” in the face of threats and women’s tendency to “tend and befriend,” men may maintain autonomy and self-control when threatened or stressed, and women may seek out relationship partners who can provide compassion and support.