“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
How much gratitude do you have in your life? Are you looking for more? As we intentionally grow our gratitude practice this November (more about that in this post), we will be introducing you to a number of scientifically researched approaches and techniques. What better way to get started this #GratitudeMonday than to assess your current gratitude levels?!
The Gratitude Questionnaire is a simple, six question survey you can take to see how much gratitude you are currently feeling and experiencing. The questions also help you understand how individuals experience gratitude. Scores on the Gratitude Questionnaire have been found to be “positively related to optimism, life satisfaction, hope, spirituality and religiousness, forgiveness, empathy and prosocial behavior, and negatively related to depression, anxiety, materialism and envy.”
Ready for the questions?
The Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Item Form (GQ-6)
By Michael E. McCullough, Ph.D., Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D.
Using the scale below as a guide, write a number beside each statement to indicate how much you agree with it.
1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = slightly disagree 4 = neutral 5 = slightly agree 6 = agree 7 = strongly agree
- I have so much in life to be thankful for. ____
- If I had to list everything that I felt grateful for, it would be a very long list. ____
- When I look at the world, I don’t see much to be grateful for.* ____
- I am grateful to a wide variety of people. ____
- As I get older I find myself more able to appreciate the people, events, and situations that have been part of my life history. ____
- Long amounts of time can go by before I feel grateful to something or someone.* ____
Now, add up your score. * Items 3 and 6 are reverse-scored, so subtract those two answers.
Curious how your score compares to others’? You can check out a list of scores here. For example, multiple studies with college students have found average scores between 34.13 – 37.86.
Surprised by your results? Want to improve your score? We’ll be introducing new gratitude techniques every Monday in November, so be sure to follow along! And feel free to join in the fun on social media by using the hashtags #GratitudeMonday and #ThankfulThursday or commenting on our Facebook or Instagram posts!
Hannah & Sarah