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ERIC Number: EJ864252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Fishful Thinking: Cultivating Gratitude in Youth
Reivich, Karen
Communique, v38 n3 p1, 20 Nov 2009
The field of positive psychology has been interested in gratitude and documenting its benefits on well-being. Research has shown that people who experience gratitude have a variety of positive outcomes including more positive emotions such as joy, love, and happiness; fewer negative emotions such as bitterness, envy, and resentment; increased feelings of connectedness; improved relationships; and greater physical health. Given the benefits of gratitude, researchers have begun to develop and validate interventions that promote gratitude in adults and youth. In the first in an occasional series, this article talks about gratitude, its benefits for the individual and relationships, and some barriers to gratitude. The author offers ways to promote gratitude, help improve school climate, develop student's personal assets, and support academic achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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