The World That Helps People Of All Backgrounds

1451 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
We are living in a world that seeks answers to everything. We aim for perfection by working on our strengths and weaknesses as human beings. With technological advantages, people aim to live as long as possible with optimal functioning in the body and mind. It has been a goal in human existence to maintain ourselves in any way we can. One way this is done is through gratitude. Gratitude has been regarded as universally valuable, tracing back to the beginning of time. Ever since the 1930s researchers have tried to measure how effectively gratitude helps people of all backgrounds (Bono, Emmons, & McCullough, 2004). Cultures define gratitude based on the way they perceive it. Western society regards gratitude as something that is needed during certain times, while poorer societies might rely on gratitude to help them survive. Although gratitude has different meanings, it has been utilized for maintaining wellbeing. It has become a question of how well gratitude impacts our wellbeing. Before we can understand this relationship, we must define wellbeing.
Wellbeing, synonymous to happiness, has been defined as the way people describe their lives and what matters to them (Diener, Lukas, & Oishi, 2002). Since it is a person’s judgment over their own life, it is subjective. Thus, it should be understood that wellbeing is subjective, as happiness has a different meaning for everyone. It is important to understand how wellbeing is affected by gratitude. Gratitude has been…
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