Gratitude Intervention

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Gratitude intervention has been found to contribute positively to the general health of study participants. However, only very few known significant study on gratitude interventions have been carried out in Africa, particularly in the Kenyan context. The present study examined the effectiveness of gratitude interventions for improving the general health of married women in Karen area. The purpose of this study was to find out if gratitude intervention can improve the general health of married women in Karen area. Married women in Africa and especially in Kenya accomplish multiple tasks both in the families and at place of work for which they are hardly appreciated. As a result, they suffer physical illness, emotional anguish; social alienation,…show more content…
According to literature, the concept ‘quality of life’ involves several dimensions (Spilker, 1990; Krol, Sanderman, & Suurmeijer, 1993; Doeglas, 2000). The most commonly evaluated aspects of health are the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and the social dimensions of quality of life. However, though a number of gratitude interventions have found positive effects, still the recommendation regarding the most effective format, frequency and dose for gratitude intervention has remained unclear (Emmons & Mishra, 2011). For example, in a daily gratitude journal-keeping exercise with young adults Emmons and McCullough (2003) found that participants reported higher levels of positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, and…show more content…
These are actions performed to bring about positive changes in the lives of people (Ballou, 1995). The finding by Emmons (2004) indicated that gratitude interventions have positive effects on general health of people. This benefits points to the fact that gratitude intervention enhances human capacities to function positively. Emmons (2004) further argued that unlike the less grateful individuals, grateful people are usually helpful and they can judge actions of others as being more costly and therefore see others as being more altruistic, as they place greater value on their actions. Gratitude interventions are strongly related to general health, and there is an indication that this relationship may be unique and causal. Gratitude interventions have commonly been highlighted as a key success of the positive psychology movement (Bono, & Judge, 2004; Seligman et al., 2005), and as an especially clinically relevant technique (Duckworth, Steen, & Seligman, 2005; Seligman et al., 2006). Therefore, the present study used two types of gratitude interventions, namely: Gratitude journal and gratitude

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