An Experiment in Gratitude (Science of Happiness) [7:13]

Description

This fun, heart warming little social experiment shows what happens when a half dozen individuals write out and then actually thank the important people in their lives.  The researcher has each participant write out a letter and then, once they’re finished, tells each to now call the person.  They then measure the reported happiness of participants before and after.

Discussion Questions

  • What is something you’re grateful for?  Who would you probably write your letter to?
  • Why do you think showing gratitude improves how we feel?
  • What would happen to our mood if we regularly told people how grateful we were?  What about to our relationships?

Keywords: happiness, positive psychology, gratitude, flourishing, life skills, social experiment, thankful, relationships

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