Materialistic strivings have been implicated as a cause of unhappiness. Gratitude, on the other hand - both in its manifestations as a chronic affective trait and as a more temporary emotional experience - may be a cause of happiness. In the present paper we review the empirical research on the relationships among materialism, gratitude, and well-being. We present new correlational data on the gratitude-materialism relationship and propose that gratitude may have the potential to reduce materialistic strivings and consequently diminish the negative effects of materialistic strivings on psychological well-being. We conclude with some recommendations for future research on the relationships among gratitude, materialism, and well-being.
- Positive psychology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)