Month of Gratitude

A STUDENT GUIDE TO GIVING THANKS

UCA Month of Gratitude

Ahhh, November. The month of gratitude. We’re thankful for cooler temps (finally!), fall break and home-cooked meals, and especially thankful for the ones who share those things with us. But how can college students ­– many of us sporting full schedules and not-so-full bank accounts – properly express our gratitude to family, friends, role models and more?

Lots of ways, actually.

In fact, you don’t need an abundance of time, money or any other resource to celebrate the good people and good things in your life. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

WRITE A NOTE.

Have something nice to say to someone? Put pen to paper – or keys to screen – and express yourself. A heartfelt, handwritten card or letter sent via snail mail will always be appreciated (and probably kept). Even a sweet Post-It or message scrawled on notebook paper will get tucked into a pocket or saved in a wallet. But a thoughtful email or even text will make someone’s day, too.

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CLEAN SOMETHING.

Tidying up a shared space will earn you big-time brownie points with a roommate, classmate, professor, employee or anyone else in your life. And usually all you need is a little time and elbow grease. Heading home or visiting friends for the holidays? Make up your bed. Clear the dishes. Sweep the kitchen. Walk the dog. Run an errand. Your options go on and on.

SAY IT TO THEIR FACE.

Yes, it’s almost painfully simple. But a face-to-face thank you is one of the most powerful ways to show your gratitude. Acknowledge something specific – that great piece of advice that made a difference, the care package that got you through finals, the steady support that means so much – to make it even more special. It doesn’t have to be long. Just let it be sincere.

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MAKE IT PUBLIC.

Take your thankfulness one step further by praising the person in front of others. That could be expressing those kind words in front of the whole family around the table, or emailing your department head to point out the professor who goes above and beyond. Post your praise on social media for all the world (or at least your followers) to see. Making it public makes your gratitude go further.

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We can’t sign off without sharing our own thanks for students, professors, families, supporters and everyone else who makes UCA such a great place to live and learn. Enjoy your November, everyone!