Robert Emmons, Ph.D, a psychology professor at UC Davis has been studying the positive effects of gratitude for over 10 years. He defines gratitude as “the feeling that occurs when a person attributes a benefit they’ve received to another person”. Multiple studies have verified the positive impact of practicing gratitude on life happiness, stress level, physical wellbeing, and depression.
A recent study from Kent State University showed just how easy it is to practice gratitude. Two groups wrote a 15 minute letter once a week for 3 weeks. One group wrote a letter of gratitude to someone for something important that person had done. The 3 letters were written to different people. The other group wrote letters on some other topic. After three weeks, the “gratitude” group felt happier, more satisfied, and among individuals with some depression, less depressed.
Learn more about gratitude and take a quiz to see how grateful you are.