Gratitude Exercise

Did you know? Research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Give it a try! What are you grateful for and why?


Attendees at UK's 2021 Curiosity Fair participated in the Gratitude challenge. See what they are grateful for in the video below. 

 

 

Citations:

Lyubomirsky, S., Dickerhoof, R., Boehm, J. K., & Sheldon, K. M. (2011). Becoming happier takes both a will and a proper way: an experimental longitudinal intervention to boost well-being. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 11(2), 391–402. 

Lyubomirsky, S., & Layous, K. (2013). How do simple positive activities increase well-being? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(1), 57–62.

Ma, L. K., Tunney, R. J., & Ferguson, E. (2017). Does gratitude enhance prosociality?: A meta-analytic review. Psychological bulletin, 143(6), 601–635.

Schache, K., Consedine, N., Hofman, P., & Serlachius, A. (2019). Gratitude – more than just a platitude? The science behind gratitude and health. British Journal of Health Psychology, 24(1), 1–9.

Stellar, J. E., Gordon, A. M., Piff, P. K., Cordaro, D., Anderson, C. L., Bai, Y., Maruskin, L. A., & Keltner, D. (2017). Self-transcendent emotions and their social functions: Compassion, gratitude, and awe bind us to others through prosociality. Emotion Review, 9(3), 200–207.