Counting one’s blessings can reduce the impact of daily stress

Izabela Krejtz , John B. Nezlek , Anna Michnicka , Paweł Holas , Marzena Rusanowska

Abstract

Participants in the present study, adults living in the community, described their well-being and the stress they experienced each day for 2 weeks. Before completing these diaries each day, half of the participants described the things for which they felt grateful that day, and half completed the diaries without doing this. Multilevel modeling analyses found that daily feelings of gratitude were positively related to well-being at the within-person level, and lagged analyses suggested a causal link from well-being to gratitude. In addition, relationships between daily stress and daily well-being were weaker for people who had been asked to think about the things for which they were grateful than they were for those who had not been asked. These results suggest that counting one's blessing can reduce the negative effects of daily stress, which in turn may have positive long-term effects on mental health.
Author Izabela Krejtz (Wydział Psychologii)
Izabela Krejtz,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, John B. Nezlek
John B. Nezlek,,
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, Anna Michnicka
Anna Michnicka,,
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, Paweł Holas
Paweł Holas,,
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, Marzena Rusanowska
Marzena Rusanowska,,
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Journal seriesJournal of Happiness Studies, ISSN 1389-4978, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2016
No17
Pages25-39
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in EnglishGratitude, Diary study, Well-being, Multilevel modeling
ASJC Classification3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
DOIDOI:10.1007/s10902-014-9578-4
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-014-9578-4
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.764; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.327 (2) - 2016=2.869 (5)
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