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Randomized Controlled Trial
. 2016 Oct;21(10):2207-17.
doi: 10.1177/1359105315572455. Epub 2015 Mar 2.

The Impact of a Brief Gratitude Intervention on Subjective Well-Being, Biology and Sleep

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Randomized Controlled Trial

The Impact of a Brief Gratitude Intervention on Subjective Well-Being, Biology and Sleep

Marta Jackowska et al. J Health Psychol. .

Abstract

This randomised controlled experiment tested whether a brief subjective well-being intervention would have favourable effects on cardiovascular and neuroendocrine function and on sleep. We compared 2 weeks of a gratitude intervention with an active control (everyday events reporting) and no treatment conditions in 119 young women. The treatment elicited increases in hedonic well-being, optimism and sleep quality along with decreases in diastolic blood pressure. Improvements in subjective well-being were correlated with increased sleep quality and reductions in blood pressure, but there were no relationships with cortisol. This brief intervention suggests that subjective well-being may contribute towards lower morbidity and mortality through healthier biological function and restorative health behaviours.

Keywords: biological responses; gratitude; intervention; sleep; subjective well-being.

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