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VIANA, Susy Ane Ribeiro et al. Gratitude as a protective factor in aging. Aletheia [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.1-2, pp. 132-142. ISSN 1413-0394.

The global aging has provoked interest in several healthcare areas that aim for improving this stage of life, so that it can be lived in a healthy and successful way. Gratitude has proved to be a valuable construct for the development and strengthening of personal strengths. Studies of gratitude and other positive emotions related to aging become important due to the contribution in gerontology to the development of strategies that promote quality of life for the elderly population. This study consists of a review of literature, the goal was to explore in the existing literature evidence of gratitude related to successful aging. From the results, it was possible to observe that existing studies present gratitude as an important emotion that promotes mental health. Some interventions show the associations between levels of gratitude with subjective well-being, reduction of anxiety and depression, and increased quality of life.

Keywords : Gratitude; Well succeed aging; Positive psychology.

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