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Cultivating Appreciation

Posted by Theresa Wanninger | Posted on April 1, 2019 | See all Connections posts | Latest Wellness Blog posts

We are excited to announce that Healthy Together, Camosun Sustainability, Student Society, and the Student Wellness Ambassadors are collaborating to fill the second week of April with events centered around cultivating appreciation.

To help you cultivate appreciation at Camosun we set up a fun giveaway on Tuesday and Wednesday, along with many fun and interactive booths, as well as a healthy food station. During the week both libraries will have a gratitude tree for you to express and share what you are appreciative of.

On Monday you are invited to join Jeff Sorensen in a breathworks session at the movement studio. He will guide us through different breathing techniques that are used worldwide to enhance productivity, increase energy and creativity, and to promote relaxation, performance and joy.

Join us in cultivating appreciation on campus!

Monday, April 8

Tuesday, April 9

Wednesday, April 10

  • Info booths and Cultivating Appreciation giveaway | 11:30am-1:30pm | Lansdowne (Young Building)

Thursday, April 11

  • Gratitude Yoga | 12:30-1:20pm | Movement Studio, Lansdowne Fitness Centre (Young Building)
  • Tai Chi Class | 2:30-3:30pm | Movement Studio, Lansdowne Fitness Centre (Young Building)

Friday, April 12

  • Hatha Yoga | 4:30-5:20pm | Movement Studio, Lansdowne Fitness Centre (Young Building)

Why join us in cultivating appreciation?

Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation: for all we’ve received, all that we have (however little it may be), and for all that our life has to offer. Gratitude changes perspective – it can sweep away most of the petty, day-to-day annoyances on which we focus so much of our attention. Dan Mager explains the many benefits of cultivating a sense of gratitude in an article published in Psychology Today.

  • Gratitude facilitates contentment.
    Practicing gratitude is one of the most reliable methods for increasing contentment and life satisfaction. It also improves mood by enhancing feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions. Conversely, gratitude also reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Gratitude promotes physical health.
    Studies suggest gratitude helps to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, reduce symptoms of illness, and make us less bothered by aches and pains.
  • Gratitude enhances sleep.
    Grateful people tend to get more sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more rested upon awakening. If you want to sleep more soundly, instead of counting sheep count your blessings.
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships.
    It makes us feel closer and more connected to friends and intimate partners. When partners feel and express gratitude for each other, they each become more satisfied with their relationship.
  • Gratitude encourages “paying it forward.”
    Grateful people are generally more helpful, generous of spirit, and compassionate. These qualities often spill over onto others.

More information and details about the upcoming Cultivating Appreciation event. We hope to see you there!


Mager, D. (2014, November 18). The benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Retrieved from:

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