Gratitude

Gratitude is associated with happiness[6], life-satisfaction[1], pleasant physical sensations[5], self-esteem[7] and well-being[2]. Feelings of gratitude are associated with less frequent negative emotions and more frequent positive emotions[8] such as feeling energized, alert, and enthusiastic[4]. Grateful people find themselves feeling a sense of belonging and a relative absence of stress and depression[3]. Grateful people are also found to be more agreeable and less narcissistic[6]. Gratefulness is also linked to higher trust[9], more positive[10] and closer relationships[11], greater social support[12][13] and constructive conflict resolution[7].

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I am grateful every day for the things I have.
I thank other people almost every day.
When things go bad I am grateful that things are not even worse.
Sometimes I make an extra effort to show my gratitude.
I thank people nearest to me for things that tend to be taken for granted.
I let my loved ones know how much they mean to me.
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      Research
      • [1] Park, N., Peterson, C., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2004). Strengths of character and well-being. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 603-619. View
      • [2] Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 7(11), 18–22. View
      • [3] Wood, A. M., Maltby, J., Gillett, R., Linley, P. A., & Joseph, S. (2008b). The role of gratitude in the development of social support, stress, and depression: two longitudinal studies. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 854–871. View
      • [4] McCullough, M. E., Emmons, R. A., & Tsang, J. (2002). The grateful disposition: A conceptual and empirical topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 112-127. View
      • [5] Algoe, S. B., & Haidt, J. (2009). Witnessing excellence in action: the “other-praising” emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(2), 105–127. doi:10.1080/17439760802650519 View
      • [6] Watkins, Woodward, Stone, Kolts (2003). “Gratitude and Happiness: Development of a measure of gratitude, and relationships with subjective well-being.” Study 2. Social Behavior and Personality, 31(3), 431-452. Society for Personal Research, Inc. Web. 21 January 2014. View
      • [7] Baron, R. A. (1984). Reducing organizational conflict - An incompatible response approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 69, 272-279
      • [8] Naito, T., Wangwan, J., & Tani, M. (2005). Gratitude in university students in Japan and Thailand. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 247-263.
      • [9] Dunn, J. R., & Schweitzer, M. E. (2005). Feeling and believing: The influence of emotion on trust. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 736-748.
      • [10] Wood, A. M., Joseph, S., & Maltby, J. (2008). Gratitude uniquely predicts satisfaction with life: Incremental validity above the domains and facets of the five factor model. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 49-54.
      • [11] Bar-Tal, D., Barzohar, Y., Greenberg, M. S., & Hermon, M. (1977). Reciprocity behavior in relationship between donor and recipient and between harm-doer and victim. Sociometry, 40, 293-298.
      • [12] Froh, J. J., Yurkewicz, C., & Kashdan, T. B. (2009). Gratitude and subjective well-being in early adolescence: Examining gender differences. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 633-650.
      • [13] Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 377-389.
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