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How gratitude inhibits envy: From the perspective of positive psychology.
Psych J. 2021 Jun; 10(3):384-392.PJ

Abstract

With the development of positive psychology, gratitude, as a typical positive emotion, has attracted significant attention. Gratitude has a profoundly positive effect on cultivating people's positive traits, and negative emotions affect many aspects of people's daily lives. Many studies have explored the inhibiting effect of gratitude on negative emotions. In this study, based on the coping theory and the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotion, we used scenario method to discuss the inhibiting effect of trait gratitude and state gratitude on a common and typical negative emotion: situational envy. We randomly recruited 326 undergraduate students as participants and asked them to complete the Gratitude Questionnaire, Dispositional Envy Scale, state gratitude materials, and situational envy materials. Our results showed that (1) state gratitude inhibits situational envy and (2) state gratitude plays a partial mediating role between trait gratitude and situational envy. This article suggests educational field for future school should devote more attention to gratitude, and lay a good foundation for students' future development in society. Taken together, these results verify the positive role of gratitude, help to expand relevant theories about inhibiting envy, and provide a theoretical reference for cultivating people's positive traits and countering negative emotions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, School of Educational Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China. Cognition and Hunan Behavior Key Laboratory of Hunan Province, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China.Department of Psychology, School of Educational Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China. Cognition and Hunan Behavior Key Laboratory of Hunan Province, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China.Department of Psychology, School of Educational Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China.Department of Psychology, School of Educational Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China. Cognition and Hunan Behavior Key Laboratory of Hunan Province, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33300284

Citation

Mao, Yidi, et al. "How Gratitude Inhibits Envy: From the Perspective of Positive Psychology." PsyCh Journal, vol. 10, no. 3, 2021, pp. 384-392.
Mao Y, Zhao J, Xu Y, et al. How gratitude inhibits envy: From the perspective of positive psychology. Psych J. 2021;10(3):384-392.
Mao, Y., Zhao, J., Xu, Y., & Xiang, Y. (2021). How gratitude inhibits envy: From the perspective of positive psychology. PsyCh Journal, 10(3), 384-392. https://doi.org/10.1002/pchj.413
Mao Y, et al. How Gratitude Inhibits Envy: From the Perspective of Positive Psychology. Psych J. 2021;10(3):384-392. PubMed PMID: 33300284.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How gratitude inhibits envy: From the perspective of positive psychology. AU - Mao,Yidi, AU - Zhao,Jiaxu, AU - Xu,Yi, AU - Xiang,Yanhui, Y1 - 2020/12/09/ PY - 2020/10/26/revised PY - 2020/05/16/received PY - 2020/11/01/accepted PY - 2020/12/11/pubmed PY - 2021/6/4/medline PY - 2020/12/10/entrez KW - situational envy KW - state gratitude KW - trait gratitude KW - upward social comparison SP - 384 EP - 392 JF - PsyCh journal JO - Psych J VL - 10 IS - 3 N2 - With the development of positive psychology, gratitude, as a typical positive emotion, has attracted significant attention. Gratitude has a profoundly positive effect on cultivating people's positive traits, and negative emotions affect many aspects of people's daily lives. Many studies have explored the inhibiting effect of gratitude on negative emotions. In this study, based on the coping theory and the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotion, we used scenario method to discuss the inhibiting effect of trait gratitude and state gratitude on a common and typical negative emotion: situational envy. We randomly recruited 326 undergraduate students as participants and asked them to complete the Gratitude Questionnaire, Dispositional Envy Scale, state gratitude materials, and situational envy materials. Our results showed that (1) state gratitude inhibits situational envy and (2) state gratitude plays a partial mediating role between trait gratitude and situational envy. This article suggests educational field for future school should devote more attention to gratitude, and lay a good foundation for students' future development in society. Taken together, these results verify the positive role of gratitude, help to expand relevant theories about inhibiting envy, and provide a theoretical reference for cultivating people's positive traits and countering negative emotions. SN - 2046-0260 UR - https://news.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33300284/How_gratitude_inhibits_envy:_From_the_perspective_of_positive_psychology_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -