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Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being

Philip C. Watkins

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.003.0009

Series: Series in Affective Science

Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being

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This chapter examines how the conscious practice of gratitude can help transform individuals’ emotional lives. It evaluates previous research that indicates that gratitude has a causal influence on mood, especially positive mood. It stresses the need for a critical examination of research on gratitude and well-being and argues that the cultivation of grateful emotions might be efficacious in the treatment and prevention of depressed affect.

Keywords: gratitude; emotions; well-being; positive mood; depressed affect

Chapter.  11229 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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