How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People

by Greater Good Science Center
Some critics charge that gratitude is selfish and breeds complacency. But research by Christina Armenta…
Christina N. Armenta

Christina N. Armenta

About the author

Christina N. Armenta, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the Positive Activities and Well-Being Lab at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on whether positive activities, such as expressing gratitude, can motivate self-improvement efforts. Most of her work has explored this phenomenon in applied settings such as workplaces and high schools around the world.