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How Thankful Are You?

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Read this article in Spanish. Lea este artículo en español

 

FAMILY

1. I make a point of letting my family members know how much I appreciate them.

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2. My loved ones would say that I’m quick to thank them when they do something kind for me.

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3. I call and write my loved ones to thank them for things they have done for me.

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4. I feel uncomfortable saying “thank you” to my family members.

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5. Because I have gotten where I am in life pretty much on my own, I don’t think I owe my family anything.

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FRIENDS

6. I make it a point to let friends of mine know how much I appreciate them.

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7. I’m grateful for the things my friends have done for me.

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8. I would not be where I am in life if it were not for the support of my friends.

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9. When I think about the good things my friends have done for me, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to be grateful for.

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10. I feel like I owe my friends nothing when it comes to any of my accomplishments in life.

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NEIGHBORS
AND CO-WORKERS

11. When I think about it, there are many people in my community to whom I should be grateful.

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12. I try to say “thanks” when I am helped by neighbors or colleagues I do not know very well.

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13. I see many things that people in my community do for which I am appreciative.

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14. The people who live in my community almost never do anything that I’m thankful for.

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15. There’s not much going on in my community to feel grateful about.

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HUMANITY

16. I appreciate the people who are working to make this world a better place.

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17. When I hear about someone who has helped others, I feel appreciative that such people exist in the world.

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18. I’m thankful to live in a world with people who care about the welfare of others.

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19. There is not a lot happening in the world to feel grateful about.

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20. It’s hard to feel thankful about good things that are happening in another part of the world.

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Your Score:   

High Gratitude (80th percentile) = 105 or higher
Gratitude (60th percentile) = 99-104
Moderate Gratitude (40th percentile) = 94-98
Low Gratitude (20th percentile)= 86-97

 


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SOURCE: Test developed by Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics in the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, and co-author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People (Doubleday, Broadway 2007); and researcher Mike McCullough, professor at the University of Miami Department of Psychology.


 

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