Centre for Confidence and Well-being

Skip to content


'Gratitude can be defined simply as the pleasure in receiving. The contemporary French philospher Andre Comte-Sponville describes gratitude as "the most pleasant of virtues and the most virtuous of pleasures".
There is now a body of psychological research which shows that gratitude is not only a moral emotion but it is linked to positive outcomes, including  enhancement of mood and what psychologists call ‘prosocial behavior’ – being kind of doing things for others. This is why Professor Robert A Emmons writes in the collection of essays: Positive Organizational Scholarship: The Foundations of a New Discipline:

The cultivation of gratitude may be important in organizations not only because of the direct effects of improving organizational climate, but also because as a cognitive strategy, gratitude can improve individual well-being and lower toxic emotions in the workplace, such as resentment and envy.

Since studies have shown that employees’ happiness and well-being are associated positively with performance, morale, commitment, and can reduce absenteeism and staff turn-over, techniques to improve gratitude, a key ingredient in positive emotion, could enhance individual and organisational well-being.
Centre Events Previous Centre Events External Events Carol's Talks