Friday, November 22, 2013

Grateful Schools, Happy Schools

Really interesting article over at the Greater Good (University of Berkeley) on a study researching gratitude in children.

Testing a group of elementary school kids, ages 8 to 11, Jeffrey Froh, a pioneering researcher, focused on three types of appraisals that make people feel grateful:
  • That someone has intentionally done something to benefit us
  • That providing this benefit was costly to them
  • That the benefit is valuable to us
"Overall, this study suggests that even young students can learn to look at the world through more grateful eyes—and that they may become not only more appreciative but also happier as a result."

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