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Writing about gratitude increases emotion-regulation efficacy

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Boggio, Paulo Sergio [1, 2] ; Alem Giglio, Ana Carolina [1, 2] ; Nakao, Caroline Kimie [1, 2] ; Helga Wingenbach, Tanja Stefanie [1, 2] ; Marques, Lucas Murrins [1, 2] ; Koller, Silvia [3] ; Gruber, June [1, 2, 4, 5]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Univ Prebiteriana Mackenzie, Ctr Hlth & Biol Sci, Social & Cognit Neurosci Lab, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Prebiteriana Mackenzie, Ctr Hlth & Biol Sci, Dev Disorders Program, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Rio Grande do Sul, Programa Posgrad Psicol, Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil
[4] Univ Colorado, Dept Psychol & Neurosci, Boulder, CO 80309 - USA
[5] Univ Colorado, Posit Emot & Psychopathol Lab, Boulder, CO 80309 - USA
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Gratitude has gained attention in the domain of positive emotion research given its important prosocial role in connecting us to others and fostering well-being. It remains less clear which mechanisms gratitude acts to promote benefits in people's life. We considered emotional regulation as one of these main processes. Ninety participants were randomly assigned to one of the three groups: write and share gratitude stories, write gratitude stories, and write and share non-emotional routine situations. Participants were asked to write twice per week during four consecutive weeks after which they returned to the laboratory to perform an emotion reappraisal task. The groups that wrote about gratitude were more effective in applying emotion reappraisal than the control group, i.e. both demonstrated better down-regulation of negative images than the control group. The results of the current study demonstrate a positive effect of focusing on personal past experiences of gratitude on present emotion regulation. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/00738-0 - Research Centre on Welfare and Human Behavior
Grantee:Tanja Stefanie Helga Wingenbach
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/06136-2 - In search of moral fellings: from the development of basic emotions to the role of complex moral emotions on the judgement process
Grantee:Lucas Murrins Marques
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 16/19167-0 - Effect of sharing previous experiences in the allocation of resources in the ultimatum game
Grantee:Caroline Kimie Nakao
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation