Today's Update: Wednesday, November 25

November 26, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, I think it is very special that we have an entire holiday devoted to being grateful. It may at times be overshadowed by eating and shopping, but at its’ core Thanksgiving is about gratefulness for all that we have been given.  

The Student Life Marketing Team gets a Wellness Moment email every day. The Marketing Specialists send out a thought or note every morning, and I am grateful that they take the time to focus on the wellness of their colleagues. Aisha sent this message earlier in the week, and I’d like to share it with you today.  

Research reveals gratitude can have many benefits, including the following: 

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.  

  • Gratitude improves physical health.  

  • Gratitude improves psychological health. 

  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.  

  • Grateful people sleep better.  

  • Gratitude improves self-esteem. 

  • Gratitude increases mental strength 

Here are just a few ways to make gratitude a part of your daily life.  

  • Keep a gratitude journal and add to it every day. 

  • Tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them. 

  • Notice the beauty in nature each day. 

  • Nurture the friendships you have, good friends don’t come along every day. 

  • Smile more often. 

  • Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world. 

  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day. 

  • Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content. 

  • Call your loved ones more often. 

  • Cook meals with love, think of the people you will feed. 


My gratitude list has my family at the top (whom I will miss terribly this Thanksgiving – my first away from them for many years), and it also includes you.  

I have always said that this Student Life team is the best anywhere, and the work you’ve done over the past few months proves that point.  

“Thank you” doesn’t begin to cover the extent of my gratitude for all you have done, and for being the amazing people you are. It comes from my heart, and my heart is bursting with love and pride for you all. I am, yes, Scarlet and Grateful for you.  


Have a safe, healthy, blessed and happy Thanksgiving. 

Melissa