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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1749-1763.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01749

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Is the individual subjective well-being of gratitude stronger?A meta-analysis

DING Fengqin(), ZHAO Huying   

  1. School of Education, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750021, China
  • Received:2018-03-30 Online:2018-10-15 Published:2018-08-27
  • Contact: Fengqin DING


This meta-analysis was designed to explore the relationship between gratitude and subjective well-being. Through literature retrieval, 62 cases and 167 independent effect sizes together with 31975 participants which met the inclusion criteria of meta-analysis were selected. Heterogeneity test indicated that random effects model was appropriate for the meta-analysis. TheSensitivity analysis showed that there existed a significant positive correlation between gratitude with subjective well-being, satisfaction with life, positive affect, yet there existed a negative correlation between gratitude and negative affect after progressively deleting the higher heterogeneity studies. The Subgroups analysis and Meta-regression analysis revealed that the relationship between gratitude and subjective well-being was moderated and influenced by gratitude measurement tools, type of participants, and culture background. The above results indicated that grateful individuals have stronger subjective well-being, meanwhile, the function of the gratitude measurement tool, the subjects and the cultural background is also taken into consideration.

Key words: gratitude, subjective well-being, meta-analysis, moderate effect