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Witnessing excellence in action: the ‘other-praising’ emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration
People are often profoundly moved by the virtue or skill of others, yet psychology has little to say about the ‘other-praising’ family of emotions. Here we demonstrate that emotions such as… Expand
Find, Remind, and Bind: The Functions of Gratitude in Everyday Relationships
- Sara B. Algoe
- 1 June 2012
Though interest in the emotion of gratitude has historically focused on its role in social exchange, new evidence suggests a different and more important role for gratitude in social life. The… Expand
How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health
- Bethany E. Kok, Kimberly A. Coffey, +5 authors B. Fredrickson
- Psychology, Medicine
- Psychological science
- 6 May 2013
The mechanisms underlying the association between positive emotions and physical health remain a mystery. We hypothesize that an upward-spiral dynamic continually reinforces the tie between positive… Expand
Beyond reciprocity: gratitude and relationships in everyday life.
The emotion of gratitude is thought to have social effects, but empirical studies of such effects have focused largely on the repaying of kind gestures. The current research focused on the relational… Expand
It's the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships
Gratitude and indebtedness are differently valenced emotional responses to benefits provided, which have implications for interpersonal processes. Drawing on a social functional model of emotions, we… Expand
A functional genomic perspective on human well-being
- B. Fredrickson, K. Grewen, +5 authors S. Cole
- Biology, Medicine
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 29 July 2013
To identify molecular mechanisms underlying the prospective health advantages associated with psychological well-being, we analyzed leukocyte basal gene expression profiles in 80 healthy adults who… Expand
The social functions of the emotion of gratitude via expression.
Recent theory posits that the emotion of gratitude uniquely functions to build a high-quality relationship between a grateful person and the target of his or her gratitude, that is, the person who… Expand
Psychological Well-Being and the Human Conserved Transcriptional Response to Adversity
Research in human social genomics has identified a conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA) characterized by up-regulated expression of pro-inflammatory genes and down-regulated… Expand
Gratitude when it is needed most: social functions of gratitude in women with metastatic breast cancer.
Theory and evidence suggest that everyday positive emotions may be potent factors in resilience during periods of chronic stress, yet the body of evidence is scant. Even less research focuses on the… Expand
It's a wonderful life: mentally subtracting positive events improves people's affective states, contrary to their affective forecasts.
- Minkyung Koo, Sara B. Algoe, T. Wilson, D. Gilbert
- Psychology, Medicine
- Journal of personality and social psychology
- 1 November 2008
The authors hypothesized that thinking about the absence of a positive event from one's life would improve affective states more than thinking about the presence of a positive event but that people… Expand