Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Gratitude Questionnaire


Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, has spent years conducting research on the science of gratitude. He has
been collecting data on gratitude and it's relationship to happiness, health, and wellness. The following questionnaire was developed by Emmons, in conjunction with Michael McCullough of the University of Miami. This questionnaire, along with additional information on the study of gratitude, can be found at Emmons Lab. Answer the questions below and see how you rank on the questionnaire.

The Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Item Form (GQ-6)

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

1. I have so much in life to be thankful for.
2. If I had to list everything that I felt grateful for, it would be a very long list.
3. When I look at the world, I don’t see much to be grateful for.*
4. I am grateful to a wide variety of people.
5. As I get older I find myself more able to appreciate the people, events, and situations that have been part of my life history.
6. Long amounts of time can go by before I feel grateful to something or someone.*

Scoring Instructions:
1. Add up your scores for items 1, 2, 4, and 5.
2. Reverse your scores for items 3 and 6. That is, if you scored a "7," give yourself a "1," if you scored a "6," give yourself a "2," etc.
3. Add the reversed scores for items 3 and 6 to the total from Step 1. This is your total GQ-
6 score. This number should be between 6 and 42.

So, how grateful are you? 

Interpretation:
Based on a sample of 1,224 adults who took the GQ-6:
  • People who scored a 35 out of 42 on the GQ-6 scored higher than 25% of the people who took the survey. 
  • If you scored below a 35, then you are in the bottom 25% of our sample.
  • Those who scored a 38 out of 42 on the GQ-6 scored higher than 50% of the people who took the survey. 
  • If you scored below a 38, then you are in the bottom one-half of people who took the survey.
  • Someone who scored a 41 out of 42 on the GQ-6 scored higher than 75% of the 1, 224 individuals who took the GQ-6 one year ago.
  • And, if you scored a 42 or higher, then you scored among the top 13% of the sample.

For more information on the UC Davis studies, research and work on gratitude visit: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/emmons/.

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