You didn't have to do that: belief in free will promotes gratitude.

  title={You didn't have to do that: belief in free will promotes gratitude.},
  author={Michael J. MacKenzie and Kathleen D. Vohs and Roy F. Baumeister},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  volume={40 11},
Four studies tested the hypothesis that a weaker belief in free will would be related to feeling less gratitude. In Studies 1a and 1b, a trait measure of free will belief was positively correlated with a measure of dispositional gratitude. In Study 2, participants whose free will belief was weakened (vs. unchanged or bolstered) reported feeling less grateful for events in their past. Study 3 used a laboratory induction of gratitude. Participants with an experimentally reduced (vs. increased… CONTINUE READING

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