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Gratitude and Generosity: Two Keys to Success and Happiness

15 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2014  

Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York (CUNY) - Department of Business Management

Date Written: February 18, 2014

Abstract

Happiness has become a serious area of research in many disciplines including psychology, economics, education, and business. There is a growing body of research showing a significant relationship between gratitude and happiness. Practicing gratitude and generosity are important for all who seek true happiness. In fact, teaching children to show gratitude enhances learning and reduces the prevalence of mental health problems such as depression.

Keywords: Happiness, gratitude, gratitude journal, generosity, depression, positive psychology, pay-it-forward.

JEL Classification: A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, K4, I20, L20, L21, M1, M3, M5, M14, M19, M31, N4, Q20, Q38,

Suggested Citation

Birnbaum, Toby and Friedman, Hershey H., Gratitude and Generosity: Two Keys to Success and Happiness (February 18, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2398117 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2398117

Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College ( email )

2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York (CUNY) - Department of Business Management ( email )

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