Impact of gratitude on resource development and emotional well-being
Chih-Che Lin (Ming Chuan University), 2015, 43(3), 493–504

I was fascinated to read this article on the positive impact of gratitude, as I had recently discussed gratitude and keeping a gratitude diary with a friend. It is so often easy to want what we don’t have rather than be grateful for all that we do have. This article show enormous benefits for the practice of gratitude.

TI was interested to learn the difference between state gratitude (a positive, social, and moral emotion experienced when an unsolicited act of kindness is freely given by another person [McCullough, Emmons, & Tsang, 2002]) and trait gratitude (an individual’s predisposition to experience the state of gratitude [Chan, 2010]).

The author found that “gratitude, as a positive emotion, may decrease experiences of negative emotions and improve physical health” and “positive emotions have been found to build psychological resources, assisting with successful coping with negative events and increasing life satisfaction”

It was found that gratitude increases positive emotions. Experiences of gratitude create an upward spiral that leads to improved life satisfaction and emotional well-being.

In my mind, as in this study, the act of gratitude aids in problem-focused active coping and emotion-focused active coping. It also plays an important role in emotional well-being and life satisfaction, as well as physical well-being.

Suzi Brown | IT Manager
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