Beyond reciprocity: gratitude and relationships in everyday life.

@article{Algoe2008BeyondRG,
  title={Beyond reciprocity: gratitude and relationships in everyday life.},
  author={Sara B. Algoe and Jonathan Haidt and Shelly L. Gable},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2008},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={
          425-9
        }
}
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 antecedents of gratitude and its implications for relationship formation. The authors examined the role of naturally occurring gratitude in college sororities during a week of gift-giving from older members to new members. New members recorded reactions to benefits received during the week. At the… 
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