Within-Person Relationships Among Daily Gratitude, Well-Being, Stress, and Positive Experiences

  • John B. Nezlek
  • Izabela Krejtz
  • Marzena Rusanowska
  • Paweł Holas
Research Paper


Each day for 2 weeks, participants (N = 131, psychologically healthy adults residing in the community) described their daily well-being, how grateful they felt that day, and the events they experienced. Multilevel modeling analyses found that daily feelings of gratitude were positively related to well-being at the within-person level. The analyses also found that well-being varied as a joint function of daily gratitude and how stressful events were. Gratitude moderated relationships between stress and self-esteem, worry, depressogenic adjustment, and negative deactive affect (e.g., sad). The negative relationships between the stress of daily events and self-esteem and depressogenic adjustment were weaker on days when people felt more grateful than on days when they felt less grateful as were the positive relationships between stress and worry and negative deactive affect. The analyses also found that relationships between gratitude and worry, depressogenic adjustment, and negative deactive affect were stronger on days when daily events were less positive than on days when daily events were more positive. The possibility that feelings of gratitude can provide a context within which daily experience is evaluated is discussed.


Gratitude Daily well-being Buffering effect Stress Diary study Multilevel modeling 



Support for this research was provided by the Foundation for Polish Science, Bridge Grant Program: BIS/2011-3/2 to Iza Krejtz and by a grant to John B. Nezlek from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Council for International Exchange of Scholars.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  3. 3.SWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  5. 5.University of WarsawWarsawPoland

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