Sharing Good News With Others And Receiving Enthusiastic Responses Doesn’t Just Increase Overall Happiness, But Also Makes Us More Grateful, According To New Research

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We’ve all received good news before and felt that rush of adrenaline, wishing we could just yell it out for everyone to hear. And if you’ve ever wondered why this urge occurs, it turns out that spreading the word about our joy doesn’t just feel great– it also amplifies the happiness we derive from those moments.

This phenomenon, known as “capitalization,” involves basking in the glow of our achievements by sharing them with those around us.

When we share our positive experiences and are met with excitement and support, it does wonders for us. Research has linked this practice to numerous benefits, from strengthened bonds to increased overall happiness.

But, a new study took this one step further and showed that, by sharing our victories, we can also boost our sense of gratitude.

The study, published in APA PsycNet, included 300 participants between the ages of 25 and 85. To begin, the research team surveyed the participants about various aspects of their lives. They inquired about demographic details, their overall health, the frequency with which they shared positive news, and the typical reactions they received from others afterward.

The questions aimed to determine whether the respondents received enthusiastic or interested responses, had their achievements diminished by highlighting possible downsides or found their positive news was overlooked entirely.

Following that, over a period of 10 days, the participants received six daily prompts from the researchers. These prompts asked them to reflect on their current level of gratitude, the timing of their last social interaction, whether they had shared any good news during that interaction, and whether sharing had influenced their sense of closeness to the person involved.

After collecting this data, the researchers sifted through the findings to identify trends. They discovered that individuals who communicated their positive experiences to others reported feeling an immediate increase in gratitude and a deeper connection to the person they shared the news with.

Plus, those who regularly shared positive news and were met with energetic responses were found to be the most grateful individuals in the study.

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