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If the world has got you down, cultivating gratitude can be one of the most cost effective ways to improve your quality of life.

Take our quiz to learn more about what this powerful tool can do.

1. Gratitude contributes to which of the following health benefits?

Correct. Gratitude contributes to these benefits and many more, which is something to be thankful for!


2. Writing down what you're thankful for increases feelings of gratitude.

Correct. Writing positive things down focuses your attention on all the blessings you have, which brings gratitude to the forefront of your emotions.


3. How does gratitude increase our overall enjoyment of life?

Correct. Our minds are built to adapt to our circumstances. When good things happen, it's easy to get used to them and start taking them for granted. Gratitude can help combat this.


4. Forcing yourself to be thankful for a bad situation is always helpful.

Correct. While trying to find silver linings is a good idea, downplaying a bad situation by being too thankful for it can demotivate you from taking the necessary steps to address the problem.


5. Which hormone can gratitude increase?

Correct. Gratitude is associated with increased joy and happiness, which releases more of the feel-good chemical dopamine.


6. When cultivating gratitude, you should only focus on the positive roles other people have played in your life.

Correct. Recognizing the contributions of others is important, but so is acknowledging your own role. By appreciating your own contributions, you reinforce the idea that you have the power to continue bringing about positive change.


7. How does gratitude decrease anxiety and depression?

Correct. Gratitude can increase blood flow to the hypothalamus, which in turn decreases cortisol—a hormone that does things like elevating heart rate and blood pressure.


8. Practicing gratitude can make you a more optimistic person overall.

Correct. Regularly focusing on what you're grateful for can help your mind naturally default to seeing things in a more positive light. Over time, this can make you a more optimistic person.


9. Gratitude increases which socially desirable traits?

Correct. People who are more grateful typically have bigger social circles because of the desirable traits thankfulness fosters.


10. Can gratitude reduce materialism?

Correct. Gratitude makes us more appreciative of what we already have, which then reduces our temptation to try and find happiness by chasing things we don't have.