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Most people have an instinctive understanding of what gratitude is, but it can be surprisingly difficult to define. Is it an emotion? A virtue? A behavior?

While we may struggle to define was gratitude is, many of us can agree on what gratitude does. In the wise words of our founder, Sir John Templeton, “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.”

Here at the John Templeton Foundation, we’re proud to support research that seeks to advance the science and practice of gratitude.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re reflecting on some of the fascinating work we fund relating to gratitude and its many benefits.

Explore these stories and more on Templeton Ideas.