The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective well-being, biology and sleep

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Jackowska, M., Brown, J., Ronaldson, A. and Steptoe, A. 2015. The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective well-being, biology and sleep. Journal of Health Psychology.
AuthorsJackowska, M., Brown, J., Ronaldson, A. and Steptoe, A.
Abstract

This randomised controlled experiment tested whether a brief subjective well-being
(SWB) intervention would have favourable effects on cardiovascular and neuroendocrine
function and on sleep. We compared 2 weeks of a gratitude intervention with an active
control (everyday events reporting) and no treatment conditions in 119 young women.
The treatment elicited increases in hedonic well-being, optimism and sleep quality along
with decreases in diastolic blood pressure. Improvements in SWB were correlated with
increased sleep quality and reductions in blood pressure, but there were no relationships
with cortisol. This brief intervention suggests that SWB may contribute towards lower
morbidity and mortality through healthier biological function and restorative health
behaviours.

JournalJournal of Health Psychology
ISSN1461-7277
1359-1053
Year2015
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105315572455
Publication dates
Print02 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Sep 2015
Accepted02 Mar 2015
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Unilever Discover
Economic and Social Research Council
Copyright information© 2015 The Authors
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