The Art of and Science Behind Gratitude

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gratitude jar in CAPS

gratitude journal being filled out

Gratitude Week: December 1-8, 2017

The end of the fall quarter means finishing classes, sitting for exams, and wrapping up projects or initiatives before a well-deserved break. What we may forget, however, is that this marathon of a quarter has been heavy on our minds and hearts. We at CAPS encourage NU students, staff, and faculty to take a moment to express gratitude, or appreciation for experiences, people, spaces, opportunities, and challenges in our lives. Combining these moments into a regular practice can help us to develop an attitude of gratitude that serves as an essential form of self-care.

Psychological research demonstrates that an attitude of gratitude can increase joy, strengthen resiliency, and decrease risk for depression. Those who practice gratitude intentionally may engage in increased prosocial behavior and experience restful sleep due to the rewiring of our brains with more “feel-good” neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine and serotonin). Regular practice can make expressing gratitude easier over time (Roettger, 2016).

CAPS Gratitude Jar

Wondering how to get started? Take a look at our resources below! Also, come by CAPS and take a gem of gratitude from our gratitude jar. The jar will be in the waiting room and open to all students, faculty, and staff between December 1 until the end of finals week.

The Art of and Science Behind Gratitude-Videos & Articles

Enhance Your Gratitude Practice

Get Started with a Template

Click here to open up and download a Gratitude Template to help you write down what you are grateful for.

Phone Apps

BREATHE Mobile Practices

Check out CAPS’ gratitude poster starting December 6