There are numerous studies taking place right now that are establishing the connection between gratitude and health.
The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley—in collaboration with UC Davis—launched a $5.6 million, three-year project, Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude. The project is supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
Nina attended the Greater Good Science Center’s Gratitude Summit a few months ago where leading researchers and scientists discussed studies which centered on ways gratitude correlates with biological markers of health. Naomi Eisenberger, director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA — who is using gene expression and brain-scanning measures to examine some of the biological and neural underpinnings of gratitude — is one of the grant recipients.
Another one is Dr. Jeff Huffman from Harvard Medical School who conducted a study on the impact of gratitude in people who had recently suffered a heart attack. He found that patients who are more grateful healed faster and were less likely to have another heart attack.
Our book includes information that establishes empirically what we have always known intuitively and discovered through our own research – that saying “thank you” is good for your health. What other scientific studies have caught your attention?