Gratitude

Gratitude is related negatively to depression and positivity to life satisfaction (Wood, Jaoseph, & Malt by ,2008).It decrease negative emotions and increase positive emotions and happiness.

Recent research performed in 2015 showed that patient with heart failure , who completed gratitude journals showed reduced inflammation, improved sleep ,and better moods thus dramatically reducing their symptoms of heart failure after only 8 weeks.

The researcher elicited feelings of gratitude in their participation and found that gratitude was associated with activity in areas of the brain that deal with morality , reward , and value judgement.

In a study by Mc Craty  and colleagues (1998),45 adults were taught to “cultivate appreciation and other positive emotions.” The result of this study showed that there was a mean 23% reduction in the stress hormone cortisol after the intervention period.

In a study by Mc Craty  and colleagues (1998),45 adults were taught to “cultivate appreciation and other positive emotions.” The result of this study showed that there was a mean 23% reduction in the stress hormone cortisol after the intervention period.

  • Improved disease severity and cognition in irritable bowel syndrome patients with longer term disease.
  • Reduction in resting blood pressure level.
  • Improved walking speeds and affective pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Reduction in depressive symptoms, trauma-related cognitions and general behavioral problem in children with PTSD.
  • Improved physical symptoms and reduced healthcare utilization in people with colorectal, breast, or prostate cancer. Self-inhibition of negative emotions is thought to lead poorer health.
  • Improvement in lung function in some studies of adult with asthma.

Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the university of California, Davis ,is a leading researcher in the field of gratitude and author of “Thanks: How the new science of gratitude can make you happier “

Benefits of gratitude

  • It increase happiness level by around 25%.
  • This is not hard to achieve. A few hours writing a gratitude journal over 3 weeks can create an effect that last 6 months if not more.
  • Cultivating gratitude brings other health effect such as longer and better quality sleep time.

In studies led by Dr. Martin Seligman, people have written gratitude letters to someone they have never properly thanked, and seen immediate increase in happiness and decrease in depressive symptoms.

12 years of research, I have never interviewed to really experience joy who does not also actively practice gratitude.

Brene Brown, Ph.D

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