A daily diary study of relationships between feelings of gratitude and well-being

John B. Nezlek , David B. Newman , Todd M. Thrash


Much of the research on relationships between gratitude and well-being has concerned between-person level relationships, and this research suggests that increasing people’s feelings of gratitude can increase their well-being. To complement this research, we examined such relationships at the within-person level. Participants (N = 130) in the present study described their well-being and how grateful they felt each day for two weeks. MLM analyses found that at the within-person level, daily feelings of gratitude and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being were positively related. Lagged analyses found that feelings of gratitude on one day were positively related to hedonic (but not eudaimonic) well-being on the next day, and well-being on one day was not related to gratitude on the next day. These results complement existing research and suggest that causal relationships between gratitude and well-being may vary as a function of whether gratitude is measured in more affective or cognitive terms.
Author John B. Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John B. Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, David B. Newman
David B. Newman,,
, Todd M. Thrash
Todd M. Thrash,,
Journal seriesJournal of Positive Psychology, ISSN 1743-9760, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishGratitude, diary study, well-being, multilevel modeling, causal relationships
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2016.1198923
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.374; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.594 (2) - 2017=3.219 (5)
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