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Kent State Connects: Gratitude is Not a Platitude; Don’t Forget Those Who Won’t Be Home for the Holidays

Posted Nov. 26, 2012

Steve Toepfer, associate professor for Human Development and Family Studies, writes about how giving the gift of gratitude can improve your well-being.

“At this very moment, you possess a super power but you may not know it. You have at your disposal health-promoting resources that, if you tap into it, can make you happier, more satisfied and possibly less depressed. It's called gratitude. But it won't work for you unless you use it. Happiness won't just appear like a lucky penny. You must go out and get it! Research shows that if you express gratitude toward others you will feel better; your well-being will improve. Sure, it's nice for the recipient but it does wonders for the person who takes the time to share it.”

Click here to read more from Toepfer’s post.


Carla Wyckoff
, communications and events manager for the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources/General Counsel, writes about the holidays and how to support military families during this season.

“The holiday season is upon us, whether we’re ready or not … but we can’t forget that there are those loved ones who can’t be home for the holidays; those men and women who are part of the military and are serving our country in other parts of the world. I know about this first-hand, as my husband just last week returned home after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan with the Ohio National Guard.”

Click here to read more from Wyckoff’s post.

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