Giving Thanks Works: A Correlational Study of Gratitude and Mental Wellbeing Among College Students


  • Aisha Rais Ahmed, Saima Masoom Ali


Over the past few decades have obliged psychologists to alter their model of mental health. Indeed, positive psychology is a field that has explored an extensive body of research on how individuals can cultivate contentment. Gratitude contributed significantly and reflected a momentous construct of positive psychology that was recognized for its profound impact on fostering well-being. The study aims to inspect the correlation between gratitude and Life satisfaction. exploring further into whether gratitude displays a positive connection with positive affects while demonstrating an inverse correlation with negative effects. The study included a sample of three hundred and twenty students who were selected from two colleges in Karachi, with participants’ ages ranging from fifteen to nineteen years. A simple random sampling method was employed as a sampling technique to recruit the participants. Data collection was utilized a brief demographic sheet, the Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) (Watson et al., 1988), and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (Diener et al., 1985) along with Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Item Form (GQ-6) (McCullough et al., 2002). The Pearson correlation analysis was engaged to explain the resulting pattern, while the outcomes determined high significance at p<.001. Certainly, gratitude not only demonstrates a positive association with subjective well-being but also validates an inverse link with negative effects. This evokes that exercising gratitude allows individuals to enjoy each cheering event in their lives.




How to Cite

Aisha Rais Ahmed, Saima Masoom Ali. (2023). Giving Thanks Works: A Correlational Study of Gratitude and Mental Wellbeing Among College Students. Journal of Mass Communication Department, Dept of Mass Communication, University of Karachi, 29(2). Retrieved from