Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 1343–1361 | Cite as

Links Between Parents’ and Children’s Levels of Gratitude, Life Satisfaction, and Hope

  • Brenna D. Hoy
  • Shannon M. SuldoEmail author
  • Linda Raffaele Mendez
Research Paper


Decades of research confirm familial links in mental illness, but little is known about the relationships between parents’ and children’s levels of positive emotions. The current study used a past, present, and future framework of positive emotions to explore parent and child levels of gratitude, life satisfaction, and hope. Correlations between self-reported levels of gratitude, life satisfaction, and hope were analyzed in a sample of 148 fourth and fifth grade students and their biological parents (137 mothers, 109 fathers). Findings include statistically significant relationships between (1) mother and child gratitude (but not father and child gratitude) and (2) child life satisfaction and both mothers’ and fathers’ life satisfaction. No significant relationships emerged between parent hope and child hope, although higher parent life satisfaction was associated with higher child hope. Research is needed to investigate the causes of the links identified in the current study.


Gratitude Life satisfaction Hope Family links Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brenna D. Hoy
    • 1
  • Shannon M. Suldo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Linda Raffaele Mendez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Social FoundationsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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