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Gratitude Graffiti Project

Our fall wellness campaign – the Gratitude Graffiti Project – focuses on the practice of gratitude. Hundreds of research studies show that the intentional practice of gratitude has many positive effects on happiness and well-being. Check out these gratitude benefits from research compiled by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California – Berkeley:

  • Practicing gratitude is one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction; it boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
  • Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
  • Grateful people sleep better. They get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening.
  • Gratitude helps make us more resilient. It has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD.
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships and makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners. When partners feel and express gratitude for each other, they each become more satisfied with their relationship.
  • Gratitude promotes forgiveness – even between ex-spouses after a divorce.
  • Gratitude makes us “pay it forward.” Grateful people tend to be more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate.
  • Gratitude is good for kids: When 10-19 year olds practice gratitude, they report greater life satisfaction and more positive emotion, and they feel more connected to their community.

Our Gratitude Graffiti Project campaign kicks off October 26. Registration and materials will be available September 15. More