By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.
“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” – Eckhart Tolle
Gratitude involves an appreciation of the positive facets of our lives. It is important for well-being as it underlines the good that is in our lives, which are often forgotten or missed. Gratitude also makes us more hopeful. Mindfulness is also important for well-being and would help to amplify gratitude and hopefulness. Gratitude, mindfulness, and hopefulness all work to promote positive emotional states which can improve well-being. There has, however, been little research on the interactions of mindfulness, gratitude, and hopefulness on well-being.
In today’s Research News article “Exploring the Nexus Between Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Wellbeing Among Youth With the Mediating Role of Hopefulness: A South Asian Perspective.” (See summary below or view the full text of the study at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9346554/ ) Ali and colleagues recruited adults and had them complete measures of gratitude, mindfulness, well-being, and hopefulness. The data were subjected to analysis with structural equation modelling.
They found that when both mindfulness and gratitude were high, so was hopefulness. But only gratitude and not mindfulness was positively associated with well-being. But, they found that both mindfulness and gratitude were related positively to well-being indirectly by being associated with higher hopefulness which in turn was associated with higher well-being.
These findings are correlative and as such caution must be exercised in interpreting causation. But it would seem that people who are mindful and have gratitude have greater well-being.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown
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Ali SB, Ahmad MJ, Ramzan I, Ali M, Khan K. Exploring the Nexus Between Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Wellbeing Among Youth With the Mediating Role of Hopefulness: A South Asian Perspective. Front Psychol. 2022 Jul 19;13:915667. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.915667. PMID: 35936309; PMCID: PMC9346554.
This study investigates the relationship between mindfulness, gratitude, and psychological wellbeing of young individuals in Pakistan with the potential role of hopefulness as a mediator between mindfulness, gratitude, and wellbeing. Data were collected from young individuals (18–40 years old) from Pakistan. A total sample of 500 participants was collected by employing the online survey questionnaire, and 374 questionnaires were duly filled and returned. The PLS-SEM technique was used to test the proposed hypotheses. The results of the study found that there is a strong direct relationship between gratitude, mindfulness, and hopefulness, and mindfulness is also strongly correlated with wellbeing. However, the relationship between gratitude and wellbeing was not statistically significant. Moreover, the mediation results reveal that the relationship between mindfulness, gratitude, and wellbeing is significantly mediated by hopefulness. This shows that gratitude and mindfulness are crucial in enhancing wellbeing through hopefulness. This study is an important contribution to validating the broaden-and-build theory, which suggests that hopelessness is a significant factor of a depressive state. It can be indicated that inducing hopefulness could be a significant element of the treatment plan of professional clinical psychologists.