Remaining Grateful during the end of the semester

During this time of the year, I find myself surrounded by friends who are anxious and stressed, not to mention temperamental. And sometimes the person who is being negative is me. With it being the last two weeks of the school year, it becomes very easy to focus on the stress of what is due in our coursework and snap at friends or family simply because you have a bad attitude.

The end of the year can have many people wound tight, but I want to discuss some interesting information I found about always remaining grateful and the impact it can have on your overall well-being.

Those who show gratitude are the kind of people you want to surround yourself with and a grateful person is the kind of person you should aspire to be yourself. Let’s take a look at what I found:

“Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude and its impact on well-being.

The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.”

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(image via osu.edu)

With this in mind, The Skinny Confidential talked about how she is trying to increase her levels of gratitude by writing down things she is grateful for. Staying mentally aware of your attitude and outlook is extremely important.

Have an incredible last two weeks at Purdue. Don’t waste it being unhappy. Next time you feel anxiety or stress take over, write down three things you are grateful for. Search for things that make you happy and you will be amazing in school and in life.

 

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