Category: Insight

Spirituality and gratitude

As a gratitude researcher, people ask me sometimes if you need to be religious or spiritual to be grateful. This assumption is quite understandable as all religions and major worldviews consider gratitude a core virtue. Research shows that religious or spiritual people do report higher levels of dispositional gratitude than people who say they aren’t spiritual or religious. To answer this question, we need to look scientifically at the origin of spirituality of humans. How did spirituality evolve and how is it associated with gratitude?

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Harry Potter and Positive Psychology 2.0

With closing the book of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, my Christmas holiday is over. It had been a few years since I had read the Harry Potter books and I was looking forward to reading the entire series again. A Christmas holiday is the perfect period for that, and I enjoyed reading the books very much. I just couldn’t help not only to enjoy it this time, but also to look at it from the perspective of positive psychology 2.0.

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