What is Gratitude Graffiti?
Gratitude Graffiti is a practice of purposeful reflection and appreciation. Individuals “take a pause” to reflect on someone or something they are grateful for. They provide a gift to themselves and their community by writing what they are grateful for (on a wall, on a window, in a note, etc..) and adding it to the “Gratitude Graffiti” wall.
Why is Practicing Gratitude So Important?
Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of practicing gratitude. Even in the midst of adversity, such as coping with a chronic illness, or other crisis, we know that practicing gratitude can:
- Bring us happiness. Practicing gratitude is the most reliable method for increasing happiness and life satisfaction
- Boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Good for our bodies: Research suggests that it strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains
- Encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health
- Helps us to sleep better: If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep
- Makes us more resilient, promotes forgiveness and compassion
- Engages the community and fosters connections and relationship-building within the community
HOW WILL IT WORK AT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY?
- Each department/building is invited to house its own Gratitude Stop, a hub in the building transformed into the “graffiti” location. Kits may be viewed and ordered using the Gratitude Stop Request Form.
- Employees will have a “stop” to creatively engage in a moment of “gratitude” by writing or drawing what they are thankful for and may take in the “art of others” who are sharing their gratitude.
- There are 2 different Gratitude Graffiti Kit options for departments to choose from. Choose the kit that will work best for your area by March 22.
- Gratitude Stops should be up by April 1 in order to celebrate our April Month of Gratitude.
Any questions related to health and wellness offerings for Kent State University faculty and staff should be directed to Kim Hauge, director of Employee Wellness, at 330-672-7505, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may visit the employee wellness homepage at www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/wellness.
To learn more about the Gratitude Graffiti Project, please visit https://thegratitudegraffitiproject.com/