The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.

Recent Posts on Gratitude

What Einstein Knew About Parenting

Thanks, Einstein, for the theory of relativity and this other stuff too.

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By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 Think, Act, Be
Does happiness really come from the simple things in life?

Learning to Live Well with Chronic Illness/Conditions

By Dan Mager MSW on January 13, 2016 Some Assembly Required
If you experience a chronic illness/condition, with time and practice, you can make the adjustments necessary to establish a “new normal.”

The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Your community will come alive when they have the opportunity to play together!

Major Lessons from Daily Life

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 How To Do Life
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Do This One Thing for Increased Happiness in the New Year

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on December 29, 2015 Friendship 2.0
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Favor-Asking

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 26, 2015 One Among Many
The psychology of seeking help or asking for favors rarely considers the underbelly of strategic reasoning. Here’s an attempt to do just that.

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By Amie M. Gordon PhD on December 21, 2015 Between You and Me
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Being Thanked for a Gift Can Boost Your Well-Being

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 21, 2015 Minding the Body
When thanked for a gift, don’t be too quick to say “it’s nothing.” Accepting gratitude, like giving it, is good for your health and happiness.

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By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on December 19, 2015 Bouncing Back
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By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 16, 2015 Once Upon a Child
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The Power of a Grateful Heart

By Erica B Slotter Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 Me, You, & Us
This time of year, many of us reflect on what we are grateful for. Research suggests that gratitude toward a close relationship partner can have benefits under some circumstances.