Gratitude is defined as having an appreciation of positive things in one's life, through: (1) the recognition of positive things in one’s life; (2) the experience of thankfulness; and (3) the expression of thanks.  In general, research had found that gratitude shapes identity, predicts subjective well-being and positive emotions and actions, and has links to spirituality. More specifically, gratitude has been linked to higher levels of academic achievement, life satisfaction, social integration, prosocial behavior, and to lower levels of depression and envy (Froh et al. 2010; Froh et al. 2011).




Sources Cited

Froh, J. F., Emmons, R. A., Card, N. A., Bono, G., & Wilson, J. A. (2011). Gratitude and the reduced costs of materialism in adolescents. Journal of Happiness Studies, 12, 289-302.

Froh, J. J., Bono, G., & Emmons, R. (2010). Being grateful is beyond good manners: Gratitude and motivation to contribute to society among early adolescents. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 144-157.