Gratitude Interventions and Positive Effects on Psychological and Physical Well-Being
Daily Quote: “I can live two months on a good compliment,” Mark Twain
I wanted to share with you the research behind the notion that expressing “gratitude” cab be a powerful force for increasing happiness and a Growth mindset. Especially note the positive effect of keeping a Gratitude Journal where you capture 5 things daily you grateful for.
Research Implications of Power of Gratitude Mindset– Dr. Robert Emmons
- In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis– exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
- A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment: Participants who kept daily gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
- A daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others). There was no difference in levels of unpleasant emotions reported in the three groups.
- Participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another, relative to the hassles or social comparison condition.
- In a sample of adults with neuromuscular disease, a 21-day gratitude intervention resulted in greater amounts of energy positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one’s life, and better sleep duration and sleep quality, relative to a control group.
don’t miss this video from TED On the Power of Gratitude
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