The power of keeping a Personal Journal and expressing gratitude

Many researchers in positive psychology and neuroscience have shown the psychological, social and physical benefits of keeping a personal journal to express gratitude. Here are just few of their publications.

Increase your life satisfaction and wellbeing

Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life. Read more.

A Pilot Study to Examine the Impact of a 7-day Gratitude Journal on Perceptions of Physical Activity and Happiness in the Workplace. Read more.

Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions. Read more.

Expressing optimism and gratitude: a longitudinal investigation of cognitive strategies to increase well-being. Read more.

Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation. Read more.

Gratitude predicts psychological well-being above the big five facets. Read more.


Strengthen your relationships

Beyond reciprocity: gratitude and relationships in everyday life. Read more.

Benefits of expressing gratitude. Read more.

A little thanks goes a long way: Explaining why gratitude expressions motivate prosocial behavior. Read more.

Benefits of expressing gratitude: expressing gratitude to a partner changes one’s view of the relationship. Read more.

Gratitude: prompting behaviours that build relationships. Read more.

Expressing gratitude to a partner leads to more relationship maintenance behavior. Read more.


Make your brain happy

Neural correlates of gratitude. Read more.

Evidence for a role of the oxytocin system, indexed by genetic variation in cd38, in the social bonding effects of expressed gratitude. Read more.

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