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J Pers Soc Psychol. 2002 Jan;82(1):112-27.

The grateful disposition: a conceptual and empirical topography.

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Department of Psychology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275-0442, USA. mikem@mail.smu.edu

Abstract

In four studies, the authors examined the correlates of the disposition toward gratitude. Study I revealed that self-ratings and observer ratings of the grateful disposition are associated with positive affect and well-being, prosocial behaviors and traits, and religiousness/spirituality. Study 2 replicated these findings in a large nonstudent sample. Study 3 yielded similar results to Studies I and 2 and provided evidence that gratitude is negatively associated with envy and materialistic attitudes. Study 4 yielded evidence that these associations persist after controlling for Extraversion/positive affectivity. Neuroticism/negative affectivity, and Agreeableness. The development of the Gratitude Questionnaire, a unidimensional measure with good psychometric properties, is also described.

PMID:
11811629
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