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Predicting Job Satisfaction: Contributions of Individual Gratitude and Institutionalized Gratitude

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Author(s): Lea Waters

Journal: Psychology
ISSN 2152-7180

Volume: 03;
Issue: 12;
Start page: 1174;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Positive Psychology | Gratitude | Job Satisfaction | Positive Organizational Behavior

ABSTRACT
This study examined the role that employee perceptions of dispositional gratitude, state gratitude and institutionalized gratitude had upon job satisfaction. Employees (n = 171) completed measures of dispositional, state and institutionalized gratitude together with job satisfaction. Multiple Hierarchical Regression showed that state gratitude and institutional gratitude uniquely predict job satisfaction. The results have implications for the fields of positive organizational scholarship and positive organizational behavior and suggest that workplaces aiming to increase job satisfaction can do so through organizationally-based gratitude interventions and by institutionalizing gratitude into workplace culture.
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