Gratitude on Happiness
Thanking Your Way Through Bliss
Happiness is a crucial concern. Studies have shown that positive psychology interventions can significantly improve subjective well-being (Lyubomirsky, 2009). One of the techniques being used is gratitude (McCullough, 2004). Previous experiments showed that thankful-induced activities resulted to a 25% increase of happiness levels.
Writing Gratitude Lists
A current research aimed to verify these results by having 73 Filipino college students write gratitude lists for a week (Balinggan, 2015).The data led to the following conclusions:
- Gratitude can be seen as a pathway of the building blocks of happiness.
- Happiness does not necessarily depend on the quantity of gratitude statements.
- Gender has an influence on gratitude-prompted happiness.
- Students’ gratitude regarding progress in requirements, outputs, peers, knowledge, and ample time to work on tasks is influential in enhancing a healthy emotional aspect.
Being thankful is paramount to a blissful life. Indeed, people can become happier when they consistently write about what they are thankful for (Emmons, 2013). Putting thankful thoughts into paper each day for a week can significantly increase happiness (Seligman, Park, and Peterson, 2005). The implications also agree with the Filipino Psychology concept of “utang-na-loob” or debt of gratitude which furthers that expressing thankfulness improves well-being (Liebkind & Jasinskaja-Lahti, 2006). Deference to Filipino values which considerably include gratitude promotes psychological health.
What are you thankful for?
Choose to See the Light: Be Grateful
Soothing Grateful Memories
There is no doubt that being thankful brings bliss. This noble virtue has been linked with energy and focus (McCullough, Emmons, & Tsang, 2002). Furthermore, gratitude is associated with good health. For instance, research participants have felt significantly more relaxed when they were encouraged to dig into grateful memories.