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Feature Newsletter Article

Cultivating Gratitude for College Success: Benefits for Students and Faculty

Written By: Waldemar Thormes, Peer Health and Wellness Educator

In the fast-paced world of academia, both college students and faculty members can easily become overwhelmed by the constant demands and pressures of university life. However, research shows that the practice of gratitude can significantly impact well-being, and it is particularly relevant for those in the academic community. In this article, we will explore the science behind gratitude and its potential to enhance the well-being of both college students and faculty members, as well as provide practical suggestions for incorporating a gratitude practice into academic life.

The Science of Gratitude

Gratitude isn't just a feel-good concept; it has concrete scientific backing. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of gratitude on mental, emotional, and physical well-being. For college students and faculty, understanding the science behind gratitude can help unlock its potential.

One pivotal study by Emmons and McCullough (2003), published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that individuals who engaged in gratitude exercises reported higher life satisfaction and reduced symptoms of depression. These findings emphasize the transformative impact of gratitude on emotional wellness.

Gratitude is not limited to mental health; it extends to physical well-being as well. Hill and Allemand's review article in the journal Personality and Individual Differences (2011) highlighted that practicing gratitude is associated with improved sleep, lower blood pressure, and a bolstered immune system. Moreover, individuals who actively express gratitude are more likely to engage in healthier behaviors, such as regular exercise and a balanced diet, contributing to their overall well-being.

Benefits of Gratitude for College Students and Faculty

  1. Improved Mental Health: Gratitude practices can reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, helping college students and faculty manage academic pressures more effectively.
  2. Enhanced Relationships: Expressing gratitude fosters a sense of connection and trust among students, professors, and colleagues, which can lead to better collaboration and a supportive academic environment.
  3. Better Sleep and Focus: Gratitude exercises have been shown to improve sleep quality, which is particularly vital for college students striving for academic success. Faculty members also benefit from improved focus and concentration.
  4. Increased Resilience: The habit of gratitude can help individuals bounce back more swiftly from academic challenges. It cultivates a positive outlook, aiding in navigating the rigorous academic journey with greater ease.

Incorporating a Gratitude Practice

  1. Gratitude Journaling: Encourage students and faculty to maintain a gratitude journal. Write down three things they are grateful for each day, emphasizing the specific reasons behind their gratitude.
  2. Expressing Appreciation: Encourage open and sincere communication of appreciation among students and between students and faculty. A simple thank you or a kind word can foster a more positive academic environment.
  3. Mindful Moments of Gratitude: Incorporate moments of mindfulness into daily routines, encouraging individuals to pause and appreciate small joys, such as a well-prepared lecture or a successful exam.
  4. Gratitude Workshops: Offer workshops or seminars on gratitude for students and faculty. These sessions can provide tools and techniques for integrating gratitude into academic life.
  5. Service Learning: Incorporate opportunities for students and faculty to give back to the community. Engaging in acts of kindness not only allows individuals to express gratitude but also reinforces a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

The practice of gratitude offers a powerful means for enhancing well-being in the challenging academic environment. For college students and faculty alike, research consistently demonstrates the positive impact of gratitude on mental, emotional, and physical health. By incorporating gratitude into academic life through journaling, open communication, mindfulness, workshops, and service, both students and faculty can experience the benefits firsthand. Gratitude is a tool that not only promotes personal growth and happiness but can also create a more positive and supportive academic community.


  1. Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.
  2. Hill, P. L., & Allemand, M. (2011). Gratitude, forgiveness, and well-being in adulthood: Tests of moderation and incremental prediction. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(5), 603-608.


Wellness Wednesday

UMB Division of Student Affairs As part of UMB Fall Kick-Off 2023, URecFit & Wellness and the Student Counseling Center helped elevate student's semester with Wellness Wednesday -- a lineup of events designed to supercharge student's well-being. With a galaxy meditation session, seated massages, and the opportunity to take a much needed “paws” to cuddle up with some adorable dogs, the journey to a semester of success and well-being started here.

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