Gratitude is an attitude of appreciation experienced as a pleasant feeling with thoughts about good people, experiences, things, or benefits. Gratitude also includes behavioral responses such as a smile and an expression of thankfulness.
Gratitude is associated with indicators of better health such as lower blood pressure, longer and more refreshing sleep, and better self-care. Grateful people report less aches and pains.
High levels of gratitude are correlated with other positive emotions. People with high levels of gratitude feel more alert, joyful, optimistic, and happy.
High levels of gratitude are linked to better social relationships characterized by forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness. People high in gratitude feel less lonely and tend to be more outgoing.
Several researchers are associated with gratitude science.
Robert Emmons is the leading expert. He is professor at the University of California, Davis. He has published many articles and books on the subject.
Michael McCullough, Professor of Psychology, University of Miami
See also the names in the references below.
Read more about gratitude, which is chapter 4 in Living Well available on AMAZON and other fine booksellers in many countries.
How to measure gratitude
Grateful People: The Psychology of Gratitude
*Big 12 features of Gratitude
*How to develop gratitude - journals and more