Positive psychology and positive interventions in 21st century have been the center of study in almost all the domains. Of the total variance influencing to wellbeing, volitional or self-guided interventions predict of 40%, which is good news to all students, practitioners, researchers and therapists. Thus, a great many of positive intervention studies are increasing in other domains of studies, including Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. The empirical investigations are thriving and have held significant contributions in enhancing wellbeing and decreasing negativity, stress or depressive signs in normal population of normal settings. However, there are hardly any positive intervention studies that has made empirical examination of workplace population of organizations in the backdrop of calamitous natural disaster. Thus, the main objective of this study is to empirically investigate the effect of self-guided gratitude intervention in the theoretical background of Positive-Activity framework in post-Gorkha earthquake-2015, Nepal.
In doing so, I have carried out longitudinal experimental study at 3 different waves of time such as baseline (Wave 1), post-intervention (Wave 2) and follow-up (Wave 3). In that, I have developed 3-group design of gratitude intervention and double control groups (active and passive) as part of experimentation against 2-group design of gratitude and hassle groups or gratitude and no exposure groups. The introduction of this sort of framework is to avoid the controversies or inconsistencies in the results and pave a right trajectory for future research against the misleading intervention studies. Also, it is to avoid Placebo-controlled (or Hawthorne-controlled) design in experimental studies. The result shows significant impact on positive affect (PA), negative affect (NA), work engagement (WE) and perception of physical damage (PPD) of employee survivors against the backdrop of direful natural disaster of the Gorkha earthquake-2015, Nepal. In that, internal locus of control employee survivors is highly motivated with coping behaviors and strategies in increasing wellbeing and decreasing negative or stress symptoms after the intervention. Further, the theoretical and practical contributions are held. Finally, since this is a preliminary case study, the future recommendations are made to make validity of the results, advance the Positive-Activity model and the 3-group experimental design against the natural disaster environment.