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J Clin Psychol. 2013 Aug;69(8):846-55. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22020. Epub 2013 Jun 17.

Gratitude as a psychotherapeutic intervention.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA. raemmons@ucdavis.edu

Abstract

Gratitude practice can be a catalyzing and relational healing force, often untapped in clinical practice. In this article, we provide an overview of current thinking about gratitude's defining and beneficial properties, followed by a brief review of the research on mental health outcomes that result from gratitude practice. Following an analysis of our case study of the use of gratitude as a psychotherapeutic intervention, we present various self-strategies and techniques for consciously choosing and cultivating gratitude. We conclude by describing ways in which gratitude might be capitalized upon for beneficial outcomes in therapeutic settings.

KEYWORDS:

goodness; gratitude; healing; redemptive; transformation

PMID:
23775470
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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