The Positive Psychological Effects of Giving Thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to reflect on everything we are grateful for in our lives. Research shows that gratitude has daily benefits, both psychologically and physiologically, no matter the time of year.

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna, associate professor of psychology at Hope College, is a clinical psychologist who investigates how virtues are connected to our physiology. In particular, she is interested in the how embodying gratitude, mindfulness, forgiveness, and hope impact our psychological and physiological functioning.

In a recent study, led by Dr. Charlotte Van Oyen-Witvliet and in collaboration with Dr. Daryl VanTongeren, Root Luna found that engaging in gratitude led to increased hope and happiness. The two-study assessment of states and traits was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

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