2006年02月20日

gratitude journal

カリフォルニア大学リバーサイド校で、"gratitude journal"(感謝日記) をつける実験が行なわれたという記事を読みました。研究対象に選ばれた人をグループに分けて特定の出来事を日記に留めるように依頼して追跡調査を行なったところ、6週間後、ありがたいと思ったことを日記に記したグループの人たちは以前よりも生活に満足していると感じていたということです(Awake! April 2006)。

この研究の詳細については少し前のタイム誌の記事に掲載されていたのではないかと思います。関係する部分を途中、抜粋すると以下のようです。


In a series of studies begun in 1998, psychologist Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis has found further evidence that happy people are better at health maintenance. Emmons randomly assigned 1,000 adults to one of three groups. The first group kept daily journals of their moods and rated them on a scale of 1 to 6. The second group did that and listed the things that annoyed or hassled them throughout their day. The third group kept a journal but added an activity that has repeatedly been shown to improve one's sense of satisfaction with life: they were asked to write down every day all the things for which they were grateful.

Despite being assigned randomly, the last group not only had the predicted jump in their overall feelings of happiness, says Emmons, but were also found to spend more time exercising, be more likely to have regular medical checkups and routinely take preventive health actions like wearing sunscreen. Overall, the "gratitude" group were promoting better health. "They rate themselves as more energetic, more enthusiastic, more alert," Emmons reports. In short, keeping the diaries contributed to their physical and emotional well-being.

Not surprisingly, the advantages were greatest when compared with the group that focused on life's hassles. "People who are grateful tend to view their body a certain way," says Emmons. "They see life as a gift, health as a gift. So they want to take certain measures to preserve it." Reminding yourself of what you're grateful for is a technique open to anyone, but more sophisticated methods of manipulating happiness are showing promise as well. Cognitive-behavior therapy and medication, for example, are used mostly to combat depression, but they may also be useful in enhancing happiness. (TIME Jan. 17, 2005)


『感謝する気持ちのある人は命や健康を贈り物と考え、大事にする傾向がある』という研究報告は興味深いですね。気の持ちようで幸せにも健康にもなるなら、是非、日々の暮らしに活かしたいものだと思います。

ということは、まずはこのブログを「感謝日記」にすれば良いのでしょうか。
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