What is Gratitude Tree?

The pandemic has brought about unprecedented hardship for millions of people, but many also find reasons to be thankful or grateful for help, support, or kindness.

After seeing expressions of thanks and gratitude on social and mainstream media during the pandemic, we realised that there was no central space dedicated to these expressions.

The Gratitude Tree helps people to express, share, and find kindness and gratitude related to Covid-19.

Why use Gratitude Tree?

Posting a leaf of thanks can make you feel good.

Psychological research shows that feeling grateful is good for your well-being and health. In a review of gratitude research, Schache and colleagues (2018) concluded that gratitude is associated with psychological well-being in healthy people. In other research, gratitude was associated with greater quality of life and improved health in people with chronic health conditions.

Seeing what other people have written can make you feel good.

Psychological research shows that even engaging with positive online content can develop positive emotions.

Let the people who have shown kindness or altruism see that kindness and altruism are good for them as well.

In a meta-analysis (which included a total of 4045 participants), kindness was shown to be good for the well-being of the person who was kind, and similar effects have been found in people who are altruistic.

Learn more about how gratitude can have a range of positive impacts on life in this article on ‘Gratitude and happiness’.

Who created Gratitude Tree?

The Gratitude tree was created by a research group, called Citizen Forensics, who work at The Open University, Lancaster University, The University of Exeter, and Lero (The Irish Software Centre). We are a diverse group of researchers with expertise in Computing, Social Psychology and Forensic Cognition.

How can I get involved in Gratitude tree research?

The Citizen Forensics research group often runs experiments in which you can participate, by clicking this link. We are also involved in other research which can be accessed here.

Contact the team behind Gratitude Tree.

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Citizen Forensics.
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