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Is the 'gratitude movement' overrated? Study finds it has limits

from HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report

Can a self-help strategy built on daily expressions of gratitude keep depression and anxiety at bay? Don't count on it, researchers say. That's the takeaway from a review of 27 studies involving nearly 3,700 participants. Each study focused on the impact of so-called "gratitude interventions" -- such as "Three Good Things," in which people reflect on three things that went well that day, or a "gratitude visit," in which a person writes a thank you letter and reads it aloud. The conclusion: Neither self-help strategy did much to help participants feel less anxious or depressed. more

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