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Wellness Guide — Practicing Gratitude

A Guide to the UConn Library Wellness and Self-Care Collection

Why is practicing gratitude important?

That first sip of coffee in the morning, a 15 minute walk in the sunshine, listening to your favorite song, biting into a chocolate chip cookie...these are all simple pleasures for which we can express gratitude.  Why?  Recent scientific studies have shown that expressing gratitude helps out brain to feel more positive and happier. What are the little things that you are grateful for?  On this page you will find library books about gratitude, suggestions for ways to express gratitude, and information about the science behind expressing gratitude.

                                                           Photo of a journal that says "Today I am Grateful" on the cover

                                                                                                              Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Literature Books on Simple Pleasures and Gratitude

The Science of Gratitude

The short video below explains how giving thanks, showing gratitude, or noticing simple pleasures in life can influence the chemicals in our brain and make us feel better.

Ideas for Practicing Gratitude

  • Take photos of moments you are grateful for
  • At the end of each day, take a minute to think about what small things or moments were memorable from your day.
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Tell friends and family what you are grateful for about them

Calling People in Your Life to Express Gratitude

In this video, people call the persons in their lives who they value and express their thanks.