Undervaluing Gratitude: Expressers Misunderstand the Consequences of Showing Appreciation

@article{Kumar2018UndervaluingGE,
  title={Undervaluing Gratitude: Expressers Misunderstand the Consequences of Showing Appreciation},
  author={Amit Kumar and Nicholas Epley},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={29},
  pages={1423 - 1435}
}
Expressing gratitude improves well-being for both expressers and recipients, but we suggest that an egocentric bias may lead expressers to systematically undervalue its positive impact on recipients in a way that could keep people from expressing gratitude more often in everyday life. Participants in three experiments wrote gratitude letters and then predicted how surprised, happy, and awkward recipients would feel. Recipients then reported how receiving an expression of gratitude actually made… 

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