Gratitude for Colleges & Universities
Gratitude exercises for professors, educators & students to share on any campus or any environment celebrating higher education. We know that each student body is unique. Please adapt the Gratitude Challenges below to fit your needs. We suggest appointing one person to manage the challenge for your group – no matter how big or small – who can then share with us how you were able to bring gratitude to your college or university!
In this lab, you can:
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Higher education is a gift… requiring a level of focus and concentration that can cause a unique level of stress in a young person’s life. Gratitude can bring a sense of calm, peace and appreciation for the journey more than just the end result. We invite you to share this Gratitude Revealed video – viewed by millions around the world – with your peers or students, and consider this refreshingly new and inspiring perspective on what it means to be truly grateful.
Download DIY Gratitude Projects For College & University Students
We’ve prepared a few fun PDF downloads for you to use. Print, cut along the dotted line, and have a gratitude blast!
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Take Our 5-Day Gratitude Challenge For Colleges & Universities
College is an incredibly concentrated time in a person’s life. While it’s easy for others to want you to “appreciate the gift,” it can be unbelievably stress-provoking during your years of higher education. We’ve created this 5-Day Gratitude Challenge for students to feel a moment of relief and possibly explore the benefits of gratitude in their lives, which have proven scientifically significant in many ways.
Directions: Find at least one “Gratitude Partner” and schedule the 5 consecutive days you’d like to commit to completing our challenge. You are welcome to participate with larger groups, including entire schools! To be included in our research, please submit your final entries by January 30th. Each day you’ll share your brief daily experience here and exit by clicking the “Save and continue later” link. That way, you’re only submitting one form per class.
Questions or comments? We’re always here to help!
To preview the entire challenge as a PDF you can print, click here.
Fun Gratitude Facts
We have partnered with UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center to provide you with these scientific facts. We have also recommended other Gratitude Revealed short films you might enjoy and learn from. Click on an item below to expand and reveal more.
GRATITUDE MAKES COLLEGE STUDENTS HAPPIER
A recent study found that gratitude contributes significantly to the happiness of undergraduate students. Previous research has found that teens between the ages of 14 and 19 who score high on measures of gratitude are more satisfied with their lives and less depressed.
Recommended Gratitude Revealed Short Film: HAPPINESS VIDEO
THANKFUL STUDENTS ARE BETTER AT DEALING WITH SETBACKS
Grateful college students don’t let challenges or obstacles get in their way: A recent study has found that they see setbacks as opportunities for growth. Gratitude seems to be a way of encouraging commitment and persistence in students—important skills to have in the rigorous academic world of college. Grateful students also feel more socially connected to their school and community.
Recommended Gratitude Revealed Short Film: CONNECTION VIDEO
GRATITUDE IS LINKED TO BETTER GRADES
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And when deprived of his happiness, his grades are liable to suffer, according to new research from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Several studies have found that more grateful students get higher grades. They’re also more engaged in their schoolwork (and hobbies) and are more focused on trying to improve their communities. Research suggests that all of these benefits aren’t only for the naturally grateful: Students can boost their gratitude over time, like by keeping a gratitude journal.
Recommended Gratitude Revealed Short Film: FOCUS VIDEO
For more on the science of gratitude, visit the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.