Grateful Processing is important to the effectiveness of Grateful Recounting
What is it about?
Although studies have repeatedly found that grateful recounting (or counting one's blessings) enhances subjective well-being, we do not know whether this is simply an effect due to recalling positive memories, or if grateful processes are required. In this study we showed that it was not simply recalling "good things" that made grateful recounting effective, grateful processing of the good memories was important. Moreover, the well-being of those in the grateful recounting treatment continued to climb after the treatment phase.
Why is it important?
This study provided more evidence that grateful recounting improves happiness compared to an effective placebo treatment, and that grateful processing of counting one's blessings is crucial for enhancing one's well-being.
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