Gratitude Science

Since it’s Thanksgiving in the US, many people have gratitude on the mind at the moment. Aside from the obvious comment—that Erin and I are grateful for science, for this blog, and for you, dear readers!—there is actually quite a bit of research out there showing that expressing gratitude regularly confers many mental and physical health benefits. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley actually has a free online gratitude journal available here, data from which will be used in various studies on gratitude! Researchers are planning to look at things like whether expressing gratitude toward “outgroup” members mitigates prejudice, or if gratitude affects burnout in health care settings, and overall they look to be aiming for an impressive data set. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, it can be rewarding to explore your own feelings of gratitude while contributing to science!

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One response to “Gratitude Science

  1. Two books fit here, “The Meaning of Nice” and “Thanks!”

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