I saw this posted on HOLY EXPERIENCE and thought it was worth sharing and posting here. A university student (and mother) is performing a study on the results of gratitude in one’s life. It sounds like it is a very good idea. Just follow her directions & contact her if you are interested in partcipating. I would also like to hear if you participate & what was the result for you. Just drop me a line here as a comment or on my contact page.
WANTED: Parents who desire to reduce child-related stress.
COST: A little bit of your time.
PERKS: Improved outlook and better parenting relationships! HOW? Introducing an exciting study in the works with an outcome that will benefit you! We are happy to present you with the chance to participate and hope that you will find this helpful to your daily life. Read on for more information ~
The Purpose of the Study:
– To consider gratitude as a method for reducing stress in parenting
– To measure instances of parenting stress using the method below
– To measure the potential benefits (and maintenance) of gratitude as a means of stress reduction in parenting
The Method of the Study:
The 2 Simple Steps:
[Prior to beginning, compile a list of 10 specifics for which you are grateful. This should make the required expressions of gratitude easier.]
#1: When you experience a moment of stress related to one or more of your children, “reset” your thinking by verbally expressing gratitude, either in reaction to the current stressor, or by reading/saying something from your list.
#2: Add a mark to your daily tally (so that we have a record of how many times this happens each day).
This exercise will be carried out for seven days, beginning on Tuesday, April 1st, followed by a seven day break, and then repeated for a second seven day period.
If you want to participate, please e-mail email@example.com by Tuesday so we can have an idea of the size of the study. Give your name, age, and gender—although you are welcome to participate anonymously, if you like. Feel free to spread the word to as many adults that you know that wish to participate. (This would make a fun project to do with friends and/or a spouse—men being specifically encouraged to participate as most studies tend to neglect the impact of gratitude from a male perspective.)
What’s in this for you?
Multiple studies have shown that people who feel more gratitude are much more likely to have higher levels of happiness, lower levels of depression and stress. They are seen as more empathetic, agreeable, and extraverted. Grateful people should be more likely to notice they have been helped, to respond appropriately, and to return the help at some future point.
You mean, you’ll get all that, just by adding some gratitude to your life? YES!
Definitions, for the purpose of this study:
Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
Parenting Stress is defined as those moments when life as a parent seems overwhelmingly unpredictable and uncontrollable (based on the 10-item Perceived Stress Scale). Within the context of parenting,
– you become upset because of something that happens unexpectedly.
– you feel you are unable to control the important things in your life.
– you feel nervous and “stressed.”
– you feel you cannot cope with all the things you have to do.
– you become angry because things are outside of your control.
– you feel difficulties are piling up so high that you cannot overcome them.
Obviously, this will be a largely subjective assessment—that is the difficulty in measuring an emotional state. Just try to be as aware as possible.
Thank you! We look forward to sharing the results of the study.
Join us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday (April 1).
(Feel free to repost this post in its entirety. Let’s give thanks in all things!)