When it comes to the wellness science, we admit it – we’re nerds. We’ve read stacks and stacks of research papers and bookmarked them for integration into Gratiu’s concept and content. Every so often we’ll take a break from growing Gratiu to add them here so you can share in our excitement!
Journaling daily is a free treatment and can help people cope and recover from NSSI.
Novel online daily diary interventions for nonsuicidal self-injury: a randomized controlled trial
BMC Psychiatry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
An in-depth look of the Science of Gratitude. This study covers everything gratitude, from the history of the practice, to the benefits, and social and cultural factors linked to gratitude.
The Science of Gratitude: A white paper prepared for the John Templeton Foundation by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
A complete overview of the science behind generosity, from the roots of generosity, to the studies behind how generosity is socially contagious.
The Science of Generosity
John Templeton Foundation by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
Journaling while in bed, before sleep, may be a beneficial sleep aid for young adults.
The effects of bedtime writing on difficulty falling asleep: A polysomnographic study comparing to-do lists and completed activity lists
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University. Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine
This study uses MRI to study the neurological changes in the brain when one is giving to others. What they found was, the parts of the brain associated with happiness, light up when one gives, monetarily or with deeds, and creates a heightened sense of happiness for the giver.
A neural link between generosity and happiness
University of Lübeck, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, University of Zurich
This study finds that journaling can significantly affect one's heart rate variability; respiratory sinus arrhythmia and heart rate months after a bad separation, divorce, or break up.