Discussion The study results highlight that loneliness and gratitude are negatively correlated, consistently with previous research Burcat, ; Feng, In addition, gratitude is demonstrated to be associated with increase in happiness, life satisfaction and social desirability; differently from loneliness which is generally related to negative outcomes in these measures.
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However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression. Certainly, major depression or a severe anxiety disorder benefits most from professional help.
But what about those who just feel lost or overwhelmed or down at this time of year? The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness depending on the context.
In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.
In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessingsthe present not taking good fortune for granted as it comesand the future maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude.
Research on gratitude Two psychologists, Dr. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude.
In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them with no emphasis on them being positive or negative.
After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation. Another leading researcher in this field, Dr.
Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on people, each compared with a control assignment of writing about early memories. This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.
Of course, studies such as this one cannot prove cause and effect.The relationship between helping behaviors and gratitude may be a key to reducing caregiver stress and preventing some of the negative physical and mental health consequences associated with . Numerous studies have shown the correlation between a person’s amount of gratitude and their number of trips to the gym, with one study showing that those who kept a weekly gratitude journal worked out nearly one-and-a-half more hours per week than the control group.
In social psychology, I have become fascinated with social cognition, the way we think about ourselves and the way we think of others. The phenomena’s I find most intriguing is the way we conserve mental effort and self present.
Gratitude is not what most of us struggle with most, however. It’s the closely related cousin named contentment that causes far more consternation. While gratitude is a measure of our perspective on the things we already have, contentment is a measure of our perspective on the things we don’t have.
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College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Feb 21, · What's the difference between gratitude and appreciation? Both feel really good, but appreciation has a slightly higher frequency. Here's why.