An Upward Spiral Between Gratitude and Humility

@article{Kruse2014AnUS,
  title={An Upward Spiral Between Gratitude and Humility},
  author={Elliott Kruse and Joseph Chancellor and Peter M Ruberton and Sonja Lyubomirsky},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={5},
  pages={805 - 814}
}
In two experiments and one diary study, we examined the relationship between self- and other-oriented processes by considering how gratitude can influence humility and vice versa. Humility is characterized by low self-focus, secure sense of self, and increased valuation of others. Gratitude is marked by a sense that one has benefited from the actions of another. In the first experiment, participants who wrote a gratitude letter showed higher state humility than those who performed a neutral… 

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