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Title: Light in COVID's darkness: holistic thinking, meaning-making and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Cheng, Cheryl Mei Yen
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology::Experimental psychology
Social sciences::Psychology::Behaviorism
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Cheng, C. M. Y. (2022). Light in COVID's darkness: holistic thinking, meaning-making and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Project: PSY-IRB-2021-041 
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted distress and uncertainty to people all over the world. The current study explores the impact of holistic thinking on meaning-making and gratitude among American participants, in the context of the COVID-19 suffering. From past work, we understand that meaning-making and gratitude buffer against life stressors. However, little to no research has established direct links between holistic thinking, meaning-making and gratitude. As such, it was hypothesised that – (1) holistic thinking increases one’s tendency to make meaning, (2) meaning-making tendencies predict increased gratitude, (3) holistic thinking increases one’s sense of gratitude, and (4) meaning-making mediates the relationship between holistic thinking and gratitude. The results showed that holistic thinking increased meaning-making behavioural selections, which in turn increased people’s sense of gratitude. However, contrary to the hypotheses, these relationships were not significant when meaning-making was measured by a self-report scale, Meaning-Making in Negative Experiences. The paper discusses the implications of the relationship between holistic thinking, meaning-making, and gratitude in the context of the pandemic, and how the findings can help tide people through difficult times.
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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