Writing a thank you note is perhaps the most powerful gratitude exercise there is. In this activity, we will help you write a card to a person you are particularly grateful to have in your life. All materials will be provided! Stop by and see us on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center by the Information Desk.
Gratitude and happiness are intertwined and for good reason. It is no coincidence that positive psychology practitioners and happiness experts state that in order to increase your contentment in life you need to boost your level of gratitude.
Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them.
The positive effects of this gratitude exercise was researched and carried out by Kent State professor Steve Toepfer, associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies. In his 2007 study, his undergraduate students experienced enhanced levels of life satisfaction and happiness, as well as decreased symptoms of depression. Toepfer’s goal of this study was to determine the psychological benefits, if any, for the authors of these gratitude letters (Vincent, 2007). The results from this study are quite straightforward. If you wish to increase your gratitude and happiness levels then intentionally script letters to inspiring people in your life. If you are feeling down and maybe even depressed, you should most certainly give this practice a try. For an even further joy boost hand deliver your letter to the receivers so you can witness the receiver’s reactions for yourself.
Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30pm
Millennium Student Center and Student Services (MSC)
1 University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121-4400