Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life.

@article{Emmons2003CountingBV,
  title={Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life.},
  author={Robert A Emmons and Michael E. McCullough},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2003},
  volume={84 2},
  pages={
          377-89
        }
}
The effect of a grateful outlook on psychological and physical well-being was examined. In Studies 1 and 2, participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 experimental conditions (hassles, gratitude listing, and either neutral life events or social comparison); they then kept weekly (Study 1) or daily (Study 2) records of their moods, coping behaviors, health behaviors, physical symptoms, and overall life appraisals. In a 3rd study, persons with neuromuscular disease were randomly assigned to… 
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