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

Authors

  • Aisha Rais Ahmed, Saima Masoom Ali

Abstract

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.

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Published

2023-12-30

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 http://jmcd-uok.com/index.php/jmcd/article/view/316