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Gratitude Test

Various studies have indicated that gratitude can be thought of as a personality trait that is associated with a positive outlook on life and represents an essential positive mindset. According to research, gratitude involves the tendency to both recognize gratitude-eliciting events and respond with grateful emotion to things that others do not.

This test is based on the gratitude research of Dr. Phillip Watkins, Ph.D. to bring you a test that measures your gratitude across four different domains.

Are you a person high in gratitude? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 21

I can’t complain — life is beautiful.



The IDRlabs Gratitude Test (IDR-GT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-GT is based on the work of Dr. Phillip Watkins, Ph.D. and his colleagues, who authored the GRAT- Short Form. The IDR-GT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of social psychology, personality psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides the following feedback: Grateful to Have Enough: People who are grateful feel the absence of a sense of deprivation. They readily acknowledge the goodness in their lives, which helps them affirm that existence is beautiful and has elements that make life worth living. They give thanks continuously and they appreciate the tangible and intangible things and gestures they receive. Because they have an overall appreciation of life, they have a sense of abundance. People who score high in this dimension often have positive moods, as they tend to focus on the bright side.

Grateful for Simple Pleasures: Grateful people celebrate the simple pleasures of life; they tend to dwell upon the goodness of little things such as a sunset, a nice gesture, or a patch of flowers in bloom. Such people have a mindful awareness of the present moment and a feeling of wonder with regard to nature, beauty, and life. Those who score high on Gratitude for Simple Pleasures recognize meaningful reasons to be thankful — the mere fact that they are alive and breathing, that they have a job, or that they have food on the table every day. They do not take the day-to-day blessings that they encounter for granted.

Appreciation for Others: Grateful individuals appreciate the presence of the people in their lives. They tend to continuously see the good others have done for them, whether it is intentional or not. People who score highly on this dimension recognize that many of the sources of goodness in their lives lie outside of themselves; that, indeed, they come from the people they have encountered. They are genuinely thankful for the sacrifices and inputs that others have contributed to their lives. Hence, aside from being grateful, people who have high scores in Appreciation for Others may often be described by the people who interact with them as warm, courteous, pleasant, and considerate.

The IDRlabs Gratitude Test was informed by the GRAT-Short Form as published in Watkins, P. C., Woodward, K., Stone, T., & Kolts, R. L. (2003). Gratitude and happiness: Development of a measure of gratitude, and relationship with subjective well-being. Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 31, 431-452. Hammer, J. H., & Brenner, R. E. (2017). Disentangling gratitude: A theoretical and psychometric examination of the Gratitude Resentment and Appreciation Test-Revised Short (GRAT-RS). Journal of Personality Assessment, 14, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1344986. Thomas, M. & Watkins, P. (2003, May). Measuring the grateful trait: Development of revised GRAT. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The work of Dr. Watkins and his colleagues has informed the test items in the form of the widely known measure of gratitude, the GRAT-Short Form, which is especially for the use of qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Gratitude Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Gratitude Test is based on a famous and well-regarded measure for the assessment of the trait of gratefulness. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your personality. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online gratitude test, which allows you to screen yourself for the manifestations of this virtue, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present Gratitude Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Gratitude Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to the areas of simple appreciation, appreciation for others, and lack of sense of deprivation.

2. Scholarly oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of Ph.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s current characteristics indicating gratitude as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.