Funder: John Templeton Foundation
Behavioural Science Centre Member: Professor Alex Wood (CI)
Other Researchers: Laura Redwine (PI), Paul Mills (PI), Barry Greenberg (CI), Brook Henry (CI), Thomas Rutledge (CI), Shamini Jain (CI)
This project expands the science and clinical practice of gratitude by demonstrating relationships between gratitude and physical health in an at-risk clinical population of asymptomatic Stage B pre- heart failure (HF) patients. The study extends receding investigations relating gratitude practice to well-being through examining gratitude in a cardiac population that is in great need of new avenues to improve health and well-being. The practice of gratitude may be of particular benefit to HF patients since gratitude has been previously established to both reduce negative mood and stress (which negatively impact cardiovascular disease progression) and to enhance positive affect and well-being (which may serve as a protective factor against cardiovascular disease progression).