Dear College of Education Community,
In this very busy world that we inhabit in both our work and personal lives, we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate what is good. Yet, appreciation for all the good that we have can lead to a renewed sense of gratitude. Gratitude is a social emotion found by research to strengthen relationships and the ability to give and receive affirmation. In a Psychology Today blog, psychologist Ilene Cohen states, “There’s no limit to what we can appreciate if we’re paying close attention. Think about it, what do you appreciate in your life? What is it that you are grateful for? Here are eight ways to appreciate what you have right now:
- Keep a journal and write down what you are grateful for daily.
- Be present and live in the moment.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Practice self-acceptance and compassion.
- Express your feelings
- Spend time with loved ones.
- Practice self-care daily.
For a list of other self-care options, you can also go to our COE self-care website for resources for faculty, staff, students, and the community at
I appreciate each of you in the College of Education community,