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Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus "pleasing, thankful",[1] is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by kindness,[2][3][4] gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity.[5]

It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, and is a popular topic for modern day philosophers.[6]

Educational institutions like Berkeley and Harvard have published articles regarding such research. One study, in particular, had individuals write gratitude letters upon three months of therapy. Those who did write the gratitude letters had more activity occurring in the medial prefrontal cortex, indicating that just one simple practice of gratitude can affect the most powerful organ in the body.[7]

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  1. Definition of Gratitude - Oxford Dictionary
  2. M I, Polikarpov (1996). Continuous Advances In Qcd 1996 - Proceedings Of The Conference. World Scientific, 1996. p. 128.
  3. Feild, Edward (1847). "A charge delivered to the clergy of the diocese of Newfoundland ... 1847". The British Library: 22. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. BLACKWOOD, WILLIAM (1839). "THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE, VOL IX JUNE 1838- MARCH 1839". The Quarterly Journal of Agriculture. 9: 181.
  5. Parliament, Legislative Assembly, Canada, Parliament (1855). "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, Volume 13, Part 2". Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. 13 (2): 811.
  6. Manela, Tony. Gratitude. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta, 2015. [1]
  7. "The Importance of Practicing Gratitude". Retrieved 2022-04-24.