Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior

  title={Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior},
  author={Monica Y Bartlett and David DeSteno},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={319 - 325}
The ability of the emotion gratitude to shape costly prosocial behavior was examined in three studies employing interpersonal emotion inductions and requests for assistance. Study 1 demonstrated that gratitude increases efforts to assist a benefactor even when such efforts are costly (i.e., hedonically negative), and that this increase differs from the effects of a general positive affective state. Additionally, mediational analyses revealed that gratitude, as opposed to simple awareness of… 

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