"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey
You've made it to the last week of classes, Thanksgiving Break, and Reading Period! That's something to be grateful for! The holiday of Thanksgiving is almost here! Aside from looking forward to a small break and hardy portions of comfort food, it’s an opportunity to express your thanks and appreciation in all parts of your life. Good news…Just thinking about gratitude has been shown to boost your overall sense of well-being as well as your happiness.
Most of us could benefit from the strengthening of our “gratitude muscle.” Focusing on gratitude leads to a greater sense of abundance in your life and the ability to enjoy life’s small pleasures. Because of this, we would love to hear from you. Please, use this form as an opportunity to write down and share your reflections and reasons for being thankful. Feel free to also share pictures! We'd love to be able to share your submissions via Mathey Social Platforms, and you have the option to allow us permission to do so on the form. Everyone who makes at least one submission will receive a gratitude token of appreciation (i.e. MATHEY GEAR!).
Here are some creative suggestions for fostering a sense of gratitude:
● Leave change in a vending machine for the next, unsuspecting person
● Standing in line? Let someone go ahead of you
● Write a thank you note to a first responder (think of school teachers, nurse, mailperson)
● Write a card to your parents or supportive friend
● Fold your housemate/roommate’s laundry
● Hold the door for the person after you
● Give directions to someone who looks lost
● Greet more people with a friendly “hello” when you walk around
● Pet a pup
● Wear a face mask to help slow the spread of COVID
● Check in with a peer who seems disconnected or checked out in a zoom meeting
● Join a Pace Center Student Board or Service Project
● Be kind to yourself and take a power nap. Daytime dozing for 5-30 minutes has been shown to improve alertness and cognitive performance.
Please visit https://www.matheycollege.live/ and check out the variety of community engagement opportunities!
Moose, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish to express how grateful I am to the students, faculty, and staff who make up the Mathey College (virtual and on-campus) community. Thank you for your continued engagement, creativity, and generosity of spirit.