The Powerful Juxtaposition Of Gratitude And Well Being

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The Powerful Juxtaposition of Gratitude and Well-Being Jennifer Richardson Bay Path University Psychology 280 Professor Blake April 19, 2016 Gratitude is one of the many positive emotions of positive psychology that has a correlation between and significantly impacts well-being. The word gratitude is a derivative of the Latin word gratia, meaning “grace, graciousness, or gratefulness” which has to do with “kindness, generousness, gifts, the beauty of giving and receiving, or getting something for nothing” (Reis 2009, p. 774). From a clinical standpoint, gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable to oneself; it is an overall state of thankfulness. Essentially, gratitude is a form of visualizing that transforms our gaze. Gratitude starts with recognizing the fact that nothing can be taken for granted and thus, this life we have is a precious gift. The recognition of that gift is the beginning of gratitude. A number of life experiences can provoke feelings of gratitude, but gratitude typically draws on the belief that one has received this gift or benefit from another person. This gratefulness results from a bigger picture that another person is responsible for one’s well being; in essence, one is not necessarily grateful for the good done to oneself, but for that which another has bestowed upon them to help them achieve goodness in their lives. Not only does gratitude have an effect on overall well-being, it is also associated with
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