Gratitude Can Save Your Life


| 1/31/2014 9:23:00 AM


Tags: gratitude, suicide, depression, Greater Good Science Center,

Thank You, Sugar

Gratitude helps lessen suicidal thoughts, says a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality.


How do we make life meaningful? That question is at the core of a growing multidisciplinary movement focused on empathy, compassion, gratitude, and how to invite them into our daily lives. At the close of 2013, a crew at Greater Good—the online magazine of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center—culled and summarized the findings of ten notable happiness studies published last year. “The Top 10 Insights from the ‘Science of a Meaningful Life’ in 2013” originally appeared at Greater Good. This is part seven of ten (part six).


Across a four-week period, 209 college students answered questions to measure depression, suicidal thoughts, grit, gratitude, and meaning in life. The idea was to see if the positive traits—grit and gratitude—mitigated the negative ones. Since depression is a large contributing factor to suicide, they controlled for that variable throughout the study.

lsdowns
12/5/2016 8:45:53 AM

I have practiced gratitude for years and it has helped to transform negativity to positivity, guilt to acceptance and depression to comfort. I vote Yes for Gratitude!


lsdowns
12/5/2016 8:45:37 AM

I have practiced gratitude for years and it has helped to transform negativity to positivity, guilt to acceptance and depression to comfort. I vote Yes for Gratitude!