Gratitude, positive emotion, and satisfaction with life: A test of mediated effect
Chih-Che Lin (National Taipei University of Technology), 2019, 47(4), e4398. 

Thankfully, there has been an upsurge in research and insight regarding gratitude and a grateful attitude over the past several decades. My personal interest was piqued with the book “Simple Abundance – A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah B. Breathnach (1995). It spent more than two years on the New York Times Best Sellers list where it held the number one position for a year. To date, “Simple Abundance” has sold over 7 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages. Why?

The answer in part is found in the recent study by Chih-Che Lin entitled, “Gratitude, positive emotion, and satisfaction with life: A test of mediated effect.”

This is my choice as Staff Pick because, as simple as it seems, this quality appears to elude many. With countless positive by-products of gratitude, we do well to adjust our compass toward a more grateful attitude—toward what we have and not what we do not have. There is a peculiar type of richness that results from this outlook. A fine-tuned focus on our reasons for gratefulness in our daily lives, educational endeavors, work scenarios, and more, results in a sense of well-being. As mentioned in the article, “Interest is growing among researchers in how positive psychological interventions uplift individuals’ well-being… In this context, exercises in gratitude may play an important role in daily life to enhance people’s well-being. The development of gratitude can thus serve as a proactive technique to assist individuals improve their well-being…” The research being conducted in the field of gratitude only confirms what receptive and perceptive individuals have long noted. Is it really that simple? Some research suggests that it is, or at least it’s a very simple start. And for that, I’m grateful.

Patricia Prince | Operations Assistant
Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal