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Date:11/19/2012

Science on the benefits of gratitude and new in our journals...

For Thanksgiving and Holidays: Benefits of gratitude

A growing body of research highlights the importance of gratitude for both social and personal well-being. Ahead of Thanksgiving and the holidays, talk to an expert on gratitude research:

Sara Algoe of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who has investigated how gratitude benefits close relationships, including how expressing gratitude leads to long-term social outcomes for women with metastatic breast cancer and the evolutionary role for gratitude. She will be presenting some of this work at the SPSP annual meeting in New Orleans (Jan. 17-19, 2013), and she is a recipient of grant funding through the Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project. Contact: algoe@unc.edu, 919-962-2538

Join us for a press conference on "Giving, Getting, and Gratitude" on Jan. 19, 2013, at 8:45 a.m., in advance of the symposium on "Beyond 'Thanks': Diverse Perspectives on the Antecedents, Behaviors, and Consequences of Gratitude" on Jan. 19, 2013 at 9:45 a.m., at the annual SPSP meeting in New Orleans.

Benefits of social help vary across cultures

Where you come from may change how you respond to a helping hand, according to new research. In two experiments, Asian Americans experienced more benefits from unsolicited, rather than solicited, help from a peer. For example, the self esteem for Asian American participants was higher and the stress lower when offered unsolicited help on a math problem rather than asking for help. For European Americans, the type of help did not make a difference. "'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa M.P. Munoz
spsp.publicaffairs@gmail.com
703-951-3195
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
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