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Gratitude on Happiness

Updated on November 19, 2015

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:

  1. Gratitude can be seen as a pathway of the building blocks of happiness.
  2. Happiness does not necessarily depend on the quantity of gratitude statements.
  3. Gender has an influence on gratitude-prompted happiness.
  4. 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.

An Experiment on Gratitude and Happiness


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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      There is a lot to be said for what focusing on the positive aspects of our lives can do for us. When we see the good things in life, we feel a greater sense of self-worth, and we treat others with more respect. We also have more power to make positive changes that affect others for the better.


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