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5 gratitude quotes from researchers

The internet is loaded with feel-good gratitude quotes from celebrities and self-help gurus. You won’t find that here. Instead, you have stumbled across a list of gratitude quotes that is less about inspiration and more about science. What do gratitude researchers say about the topic?

These gratitude quotes are taken from Australian academics writing for The Conversation. You can read the full articles for each researcher by following the links after each quote.

Saying thank you to strangers creates and maintains social bonds

UNSW Sydney psychology lecturer Lisa Williams shares research into the impact of saying thank you. She writes:

“As with all emotions, gratitude can be both felt and expressed. The evidence on how feeling gratitude functions to find, remind, and bind in social relationships is robust. From promoting helping and trust to lowering aggression, feeling grateful gives rise to a wide range of outcomes that benefit both parties in a social relationship.”


“[O]ur research provides initial evidence for the power of saying “thank you” to strangers. Something to keep in mind the next time you pick up your dry cleaning or are given a seat on the train.”

Read the article here.

Gratitude can help you cope better with stress

University of Melbourne’s psychology professor Aaron Jarden writes that being grateful can help you cope with, and even enjoy, stressful events, like Christmas.

He writes:

“Practising gratitude often can have many positive impacts, including: an increased sense of well-being and life satisfaction; positive emotional functioning such as more pleasurable emotions and thoughts that life is going well; increased optimism; a sense of connectedness; improved relationships; and more and better quality sleep.”

Read the article here.

Practising gratitude is linked to wellbeing

Lea Waters, from The University of Melbourne, shares research into how positive psychology practices, such as keeping a gratitude journal, can boost the wellbeing and academic outcomes of students.

She writes:

“[H]igh school students who were instructed to keep a gratitude journal for a term were more optimistic about the future, had higher states of alertness, attentiveness, determination and energy, reported more positive attitudes toward school and more positive attitudes towards their families than students who did not keep gratitude journals.”

Read the article here.

Showing appreciation is good for everyone  

University of Tasmania researchers, Vaughan Cruickshank and Abbey MacDonald, look at the link between people expressing gratitude to teachers and their job satisfaction. They write:

“Importantly, research has shown when gratitude is expressed towards others there are mutual benefits for both people. Both experience the relationship is strengthened. In school settings this can lead to improved student-teacher relationships, increased positivity in the learning environment and increased student engagement. These are all potentially important contributors to improving student outcomes and reducing teacher attrition.”

Read the article here.

Gratitude can change a workplace culture… and a marriage

Irit Alony, from the University of Wollongong, shares research into how gratitude impacts workplaces. Research shows that unhappy workplaces are a lot like unhappy marriages. And you can improve both with gratitude: by showing appreciation to your spouse or employees.

Irit writes:

“Positive psychology, however, teaches us that the best way to fight dark emotions is by increasing the light. In the same way, relationships research found an effective way for increasing positive emotions: gratitude.

“People who expressed gratitude towards others felt that their relationship with the others were stronger. When people actually felt this gratitude, and not only expressed it, their spouses echo this gratitude with greater satisfaction.

“So a good step forward to increasing employee retention is to start saying “thank you,” and mean it.”

Read the article here.

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