Category: Science

Gratitude in times of crisis

Now, we see many actions in our society to support people in healthcare and other important branches. Entrepreneurs who have products left, give this to the elderly, vulnerable or people in the healthcare sector. Others give their time to help people with babysitting, running errands and walking dogs. All these actions are partly due to our gratitude that we all feel during this time of crisis.

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“Patience is a virtue”

The character strengths of Peterson and Seligman (2004) are personal characteristics such as leadership and perseverance. There is also criticism of this collection. The vast majority of these strengths are linked to thoughts, feelings and behavior that encourage us to avoid setbacks. From positive psychology 2.0 there are researchers who, for example, put patience forward as a character strength that can help us deal with setbacks without running away from our problems.

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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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Are we still grateful?

People are usually surprised when I tell them that I am an expert in gratitude. They spontaneously tell me about their own experiences with gratitude. They also often ask me: is there still gratitude in our society? Are people still grateful? Didn’t people become more selfish and individualistic? And I usually didn’t know what to answer. In this article I am looking for an answer to the question: are we still grateful?

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