Can gratitude make couples happier?

Published 25 April 2016

Researchers at the University of New England are calling for individuals in a romantic relationship who want to boost their romantic relationships to take part in a new study.

UNE student Carmen Schultz and Associate Professor John Malouff from the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences are evaluating whether adults can improve their relationships and own happiness through gratitude.

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“This intervention study is going to look at gratitude in the context of relationships. It is clear that gratitude can have powerful effects. What isn’t clear is what benefits result if you increase gratitude in the context of a romantic relationship,” said Assoc/Prof Malouff.

The researchers need more than 100 participants.

“We are looking for people in a romantic relationship who want to enhance it. It doesn’t mean that anything is wrong; there is always room for improvement.”

Assoc/Prof Malouff has studied romantic relationships before and is particularly interested in how online interventions can help.

“People can be too busy to go and see a counsellor or psychologist, there are also a lot of limitations particularly if people are living in regional or rural areas. There are some real practical advantages of online interventions.”

The study is open to anyone who is over 18 and who has been in a romantic relationship with another person for at least three months.

Find out more or join the Effects of a Gratitude Intervention study