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In the midst of your academic goals, extracurricular activities, and social engagements, it's essential to remember the importance of spiritual wellness. One powerful way to enhance your spiritual well-being is through gratitude. Developing an attitude of thankfulness can lead to significant changes in your perspective on life, mental health, and emotional stability.

Walking into Professor Holli's class, as we settled in, she used to ask a simple question every day before starting class, "What are you grateful for today?" It was a simple question that confused me for the first time. At that moment, as my classmates shared their thoughts, I realized the power of gratitude. From then on, I started incorporating gratitude into my daily life, thanks to Professor Holli's inspiring practice.

Here are some tips on how to grow your gratitude to contribute to your spiritual wellness:

  1. Gratitude Journaling: Consider starting a gratitude journal where you can write down three things you are grateful for each day. This simple practice can help you focus on the positive aspects of your life, no matter how small, and shift your perspective towards appreciation.

            Example: I am grateful for 3 square meals, a roof on top, and my family.

  1. Mindful Moments: Take a few moments each day to pause and reflect on the things you are thankful for. Whether it's a beautiful sunset, a supportive friend in your life, or a moment of clarity during a challenging class, being mindful of these blessings can deepen your sense of gratitude.
  2. Expressing Thanks: Don't hesitate to express your gratitude to those around you. Whether it's a quick thank-you note to a professor who inspired you, a text message to a friend who has been there for you, a message to the facilities department for their remarkable service, or a kind gesture towards a classmate in need, expressing thanks can strengthen your relationships and increase a sense of connection.
  3. Gratitude Walks: Take a small walk around the GVSU campus and pay attention to the beauty that surrounds you. Notice the changing seasons, the architecture of the buildings, and the energy of fellow students. Engaging in a gratitude walk can help you feel more connected to your environment and appreciate the present moment.
  4. Community Involvement: Get involved in community service or volunteer opportunities on campus or in the Grand Rapids area. Giving back to others can cultivate feelings of gratitude for what you have and provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
  5. Gratitude Meditation: Incorporate gratitude into your meditation practice by focusing on feelings of thankfulness and appreciation. Visualize all the blessings in your life, and let that sense of gratitude fill your heart and mind.
  6. Gratitude Challenges: Challenge yourself to find something new to be grateful for each day. This can help you develop the habit of seeking out positivity and abundance in every aspect of your life.
  7. Set Gratitude Alarms: Use daily reminders to pause and reflect on things you are thankful for, making gratitude a regular part of your day.
  8. Smile More: Cultivate gratitude and optimism by smiling more often. It can boost your mood and positively impact interactions with others.
  9. Create a Gratitude Jar: Write down things you are thankful for on paper and place them in a jar as a constant reminder of the good in your life.

By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can nurture your spiritual wellness and cultivate a deeper sense of connection with yourself, others, and the world around you. We should remember that gratitude is not just about saying "thank you" but about incorporating an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness in all aspects of your life.

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree." -Vietnamese Proverb

By: Aravind Gurusaran Korukonda, WIT Peer Educator

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