Evidence That It Works
Numerous studies have found that gratitude makes adults “pay it forward”: Grateful people are more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate—in other words, more prosocial.
In addition to its benefits for adults, research suggests that gratitude is also good for youth, going hand in hand with greater hope and optimism, higher satisfaction with life, and fewer health complaints.
Why Does It Matter?
Students who experience greater positive emotions may put in more effort to overcome obstacles, engage in classroom activities more, and be less stressed at school. In addition, positive mental health in childhood is linked to educational achievement and professional success later in life.