Presentation Title: How Trait Gratitude Fosters Physical and Psychological Health

Abstract: The talk overviews a program of research into gratitude as an individual difference, its relationship with physical and psychological health (and the underlying mechanisms), and how it naturally develops as well as how it can be fostered with therapeutic techniques. Specifically; (a) gratitude is conceptualized as a life orientation towards noticing and appreciating the positive in life; (b) gratitude longitudinally leads to less stress and depression and greater social support; (c) the relationship between gratitude and well-being persists after controlling for other personality traits (assessed with the 30 facets of the NEO-PIR big five measure); (d) gratitude operates through the existence of positive schemas; and (e) interventions to increase gratitude are as effective as improving depression, anxiety, and body image as the gold standard techniques used in clinical therapy. Thus suggesting how gratitude develops, what it is related to, and the mechanism through which these relationships operate.

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