The continuous surge in the number of confirmed diagnoses and fatalities associated with COVID-19 has caused debilitating economic, educational, social, and psychological issues. However, little is known about how psychological interventions may boost well-being outcomes amid the pandemic. This experimental research (N=107 undergraduate students) examines the effects of gratitude and kindness interventions on life satisfaction, positive emotions, negative emotions, and COVID-19 anxiety via an online pilot experimental study. Results showed that there were significant differences on positive emotions when controlling for the baseline well-being, gratitude, and kindness scores across all conditions (i.e., gratitude, kindness, and control). Participants assigned in the gratitude and kindness conditions had significantly higher scores on positive emotions than those in the control condition. The findings point to the emotional benefits associated with promoting gratitude and kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
– https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12306 [Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being journal is indexed in Scopus (Q1, Applied Psychology) and in Clarivate Analytics’ Social Sciences Citation Index (2020 impact factor: 3.569)]; by Research Associate Dr. Ryan Cayubit and his colleagues