A Grateful Heart is a Nonviolent Heart

  title={A Grateful Heart is a Nonviolent Heart},
  author={C. Nathan DeWall and Nathaniel M. Lambert and Richard S. Jr. Pond and Todd Barrett Kashdan and Frank D. Fincham},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={232 - 240}
Five studies tested the hypothesis that gratitude is linked to lower levels of aggression. Although gratitude increases mental well-being, it is unknown whether gratitude mitigates against aggression. Gratitude motivates people to express sensitivity and concern for others and stimulates prosocial behavior. Aggression, defined as intentionally harming another person who is motivated to avoid the harm, runs counter to the motivation to increase others’ welfare and should be reduced among… 

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