Gratitude Types of Gratitude Attitude of Gratitude Notice Feel Think Do Science of Gratitude Illusions of Gratitude The Gist Gratitude Practice & Exercises Gratitude Resources

Many articles are linked throughout the pages of the Gratitude section. Here, you’ll find them gathered into categories, along with many more.

Defining Gratitude

These articles aim to define the many facets of gratitude and can offer a new perspective on how we think about gratefulness.

The Science and Benefits of Gratitude

The following articles do an excellent job explaining the psychological research behind gratitude, how it works, and how it can benefit our mental and physical health.

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How Gratitude is Linked to Happiness and Meaning

Gratitude Practices

The following articles discuss ways to practice and express gratitude. For more practices, see the Gratitude Practice and Exercises page.

  • The Three Types of Gratitude – This article separates Gratitude into three main types: 1) Lip Service-Gratitude; 2) Attitude Gratitude; 3) I Am Gratitude
  • The Five Kinds of Gratitude – This author chooses 5 main types: 1) For something; 2) For not something; 3) Excessive; 4) Reluctant; 5) For nothing.
  • Three Types of Gratitude – This author also breaks into three parts 1) Reactive; 2) Active; 3) Proactive
  • How to Practice Tonglen – Lions Roar – In this article, Pema Chödrön explains the four main steps for practicing Tonglen:
    Flash on Bodhicitta — Bodhichitta means to awaken the heart-mind. In this step, rest your mind in a state of openness and stillness.
    Begin the Visualization — Begin paying attention to your breath, and as you inhale, absorb the smoke/darkness/heaviness and breathe out stillness/calm/positive energy.
    Focus on a Personal Situation — Think of a real life situation that is painful. Breathe in the pain and suffering of that situation, and send out relief.
    Expand Your Compassion — Take the small visualization and expand it to those that share your suffering, and those that are suffering in general. You could think of specific groups — family, friends, communities, a certain country, etc. Tonglen can extend infinitely.

Cultivating the Gratitude Habit

Research suggests creating a habit of gratitude is necessary to see benefits througout your life. These articles discuss tips and practices for cultivating the practice.

Criticisms of Gratitude

These articles discuss the downsides of gratitude, such as toxic positivity and complacency.

From the Greater Good Science Center

Greater Good magazine is published by the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley. Leading research on gratitude, the site has numerous articles regarding the science and benefits of Gratitude.

  • What Parents Neglect to Teach about Gratitude – According to the Greater Good Science Center, the experience of gratitude has four parts, yet parents often neglect to teach all four:What we NOTICE in our lives for which we can be gratefulHow we THINK about why we have been given those thingsHow we FEEL about the things we have been givenWhat we DO to express appreciation in turnParents often focus on what children DO to express appreciation, but skip over the other parts of the experience.
  • Mental Subtraction of Positive Events | Practice | Greater Good in Action – Greater Good Science Center shares an exercise for practicing mental subtraction.
  • What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like? – This article explains a study where researchers put participants in an MRI machine and examined the parts of the brain that showed activity when the participant was feeling grateful.

Gratitude and Beyond

The following websites and blogs are full of articles about Gratitude (and tons of other topics). Listed are a few recommended articles.

Gratitude Types of Gratitude Attitude of Gratitude Notice Feel Think Do Science of Gratitude Illusions of Gratitude The Gist Gratitude Practice & Exercises Gratitude Resources