The Science of Gratitude: How an attitude of thanksgiving can change your brain and body.

I’m sure we have all heard the common phrase “an attitude of gratitude.” Countless inspirational speakers and clergy alike have used to phrase to encourage their listeners to evoke a more positive attitude. This idea of adopting an attitude of gratitude has been scientifically proven to produce greater positive outcomes and a more fulfilled life. Here’s what you need to know to be most successful in this practice. 

Typically gratitude studies focus on people with no mental health concerns. Greater Good Medicine took a different approach to their research study on gratitude. They wanted to determine the impact of gratitude on individuals with mental health concerns.  They performed this study with about 300 adults, mostly college students, that were receiving counseling services. There were three test groups who were each given different tasks such as writing a letter of gratitude to someone for 12 weeks and writing about their deepest thoughts and feelings of negative experiences. 

The results found were incredible. They can be summed up into four major points. The first is the idea that gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions. The results assert this idea that gratitude letter writing can move a person’s thoughts away from negative emotions such as envy or resentment. The idea is that in writing these letters of gratitude to others, it becomes harder for you to focus on the negative experiences. 

The second idea is that gratitude helps even if we do not share it with others. The study asked the first group to send their letters to people they were grateful for but only about 23% actually sent them. They found however that everyone who wrote a letter about gratitude, despite not sending it, still received the positive benefits. Taking the simple act of writing a letter of gratitude allows the writer to cherish the people in their life more and move the focus from the negative feelings and thoughts. 

The next concept is the idea that the benefits of gratitude take time, they do not simply happen overnight. The positive benefits of gratitude found in the study were the results of twelve weeks of writing letters. They suggest being patient when starting out with the gratitude writing activity and not expecting immediate results. 

The final idea is that gratitude has lasting effects on this brain. When analyzing the brains of those who wrote letters to those who did not, the results propose that practicing gratitude trains the brain to be more receptive to encounters of gratitude, leading to improved mental health. So whether you take the time to write gratitude letters for the people in your life or simply think of reasons to be grateful every day, be intentional about practicing gratitude. It will help you in the long run. 

 

Source: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

Homecoming Club Fair: Homecoming’s Annual Club Fair featured a variety of fundraisers to support you favorite club!

The atmosphere is filled with excitement and energy as you enter the KG Tent. The club fair is active, and everyone is waiting and ready to spread awareness about their club. With fun interactive activities, food, drinks, and engaging fundraisers, there was something for everyone. 

If you are a kinesiology or health science major, the Kinseology Club is the place for you, an opportunity to make an impact and connections within your field.  “It is a club that gives students the ability to do what they want to do within the exercise science and health majors. We are fundraising for activities such as the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. We go to Children’s Hospital to volunteer. We also volunteer for Special Olympics, “ said Taylor Bynum-Bain, Co-leader of the Kinesiology Club. Their fundraiser included meatball subs, cookies, and Gatorade. Follow their Instagram at @eukinesiology to learn more about the club and their meeting times. 

If you’re looking for a club fighting for justice, International Justice Ministry is a  great option. “IJM is our club on campus that works to fight human trafficking globally, so we partner with International Justice Mission which is an organization that fights human trafficking on a large scale. Our job as a campus chapter is to educate students on campus about the reality of human trafficking and to support IJM through prayer and financial support,” said Gracie McBride, IJM President. For more information follow them on Instagram @euijm. 

A few of the other clubs featured were Chemistry Club, Student Social Work club, EU Dance club, Habitat for Humanity, Student Chaplains, Unceasing Prayer Ministry, Prison Ministry, Precious Movements, Multicultural Awareness Advisory Committee (MAAC), Blaze Step Team, The Music Guild, Smash Bros Club, Model UN, and Afro Caribbean Union. 

Walking through the KG tent was both an incredible and overwhelming experience with so many clubs hosting fundraisers for various causes. With Blaze Step Team hosting a delicious-looking brunch fundraiser to the candy apple fundraiser at the Precious Movements Table to the beautiful stickers sold at the Prison Ministry table. It was incredible to watch the Chemistry club make apple cider mocktails using dry ice, the clouds of smoke ascending. A crowd formed with their phones ready to catch the magical experience. From afar the bright colors of various handcrafted items, socks, scarves, shoes, and bookbags drew me over to the table hosting the organization, A Breeze of Hope. Next to this table, a huge sign boasted the ETHEL’S pretzel fundraiser. My tickets ran out quickly as I wanted to get a taste of all the amazing options and purchase the unique items. 

The club fair also included local justice organizations including A Breeze of Hope, created by Brisa De Angulo and Parker Palmer, survivors of childhood sexual violence. Their mission is to prevent sexual violence against children, restore the lives of child survivors, and promote healthy childhood development. The organization is currently fundraising to raise money for its annual international service-learning trip to Bolivia.  To find out more about the organization or to donate visit their website abreezeofhope.org.

Overall, the Homecoming club fair was a fun way for families, students, and alumni to get together and support the community here at Eastern! The creativity and effort of all the organizations on campus was truly on display, and hopefully the money that clubs were able to raise will continue to make Eastern a welcoming and vibrant community.

If you’re interested in contacting the clubs mentioned above, check out the clubs and organizations page on Eastern’s website! There are also flyers for many clubs all over campus, so check out those to get involved in the various events taking place. Eastern has many opportunities for people of all interests and talents, so be sure to get engaged with different groups!

Fun Things to Do in Wayne

If you are a bored college student looking for some fun activities to do on the weekends or in your free time, this article is for you. Keep reading to discover fun local activities for both free and great low prices. 

Are you looking for a quiet, lowkey place with countless options for aesthetically pleasing photos? Wayne is the home of Chanticleer,  a beautiful romantic garden with stunning roses and a variety of other plant life. It’s an amazing modern display of various colors. Take advantage of the amazing fall weather and enjoy a picnic in the gardens of Chanticleer. Enjoy the historical aspect Chanticleer offers with some featured architecture dating back to 1912, the year they opened. The address is 786 Church Road, about a 10-minute drive from campus. Come visit Chanticleer before they close for the season on Oct. 31. For more information visit https://www.chanticleergarden.org/. 

Are you interested in exploring new art, taking classes, or connecting with a community program? Wayne Art Center is the place for you. It offers amazing opportunities to gain knowledge about art, take art classes, view art exhibits and connect with a community outreach program. The Wayne Art Center offers seven scenic gardens, five striking gallery exhibits, and four studios for different mediums. Registration is still available for art classes, with choices for all levels of experience.  A few class options are Figure Drawing, Still-Life Painting,  Exploring Mixed Media, and many others. They also offer a music education program featuring private lessons for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, oboe, and voice.  The address is  413 Maplewood Ave, a nine-minute drive from campus. To find out more information about class offerings or events visit wayneart.org. 

Do you want to design your own art with various choices of colors? Check out Color Me Mine, a creative studio where you can paint your own ceramics or attend a fun workshop. Color Me Mine offers opportunities to create festive holiday keepsakes, vintage looks with antique paint techniques, and even paint trees. The address is 109 W Lancaster Ave, a six-minute drive from campus. Visit  https://wayne.colormemine.com/  for more information. 

Are you looking for fun local live music events? 118 North may be the answer for you. They offer live music featuring their Tailgate Under the Tent series on Fridays and Saturdays and various affordable food options available for purchase. The Tailgate Under the Tent is free live pop-up concerts from under the Wayne Picnic Grove. The address is  118 N Wayne Ave, a six-minute drive from campus, or about a twenty-minute walk. Check out their website 118northwayne.com for more information on artists performing and the food menu. 

Do you enjoy the experience of shopping at strip malls?  Check out Eagle Village Shops, an outdoor shopping experience with fashion, jewelry, home decor shops, specialty shops, and fine dining options available. The address is 503 Lancaster Ave, a seven-minute drive from campus. Visit their website https://www.eaglevillageshops.com/ for more information about shops and restaurant options. 

Are you interested in rock climbing? Well, The Gravity Fault is the perfect place for you. They are an indoor rock gym with options for first-time climbers, experienced and groups. With over 16,000 square feet of climbing space, more than 100  rope stations, a moon board, rappel tower, and chimney there are plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure. Weekly specials are also offered with buy one get one free adult day passes on Mondays, $12 day passes on Wednesdays, and half off adult day passes on Fridays after 5 p.m. The address is 175 King of Prussia Road, a four-minute drive from campus. Check out their website gravityvault.com for more information. No matter what you’re interested in, there are fun things to do just around the corner!

Sources: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/wayne-pa/page-3https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g53933-Activities-Wayne_Pennsylvania.html

How to Find On-Campus Jobs: An Eastern student walks you through the opportunities available.

Are you looking for a job this semester? Would you like to work on campus with a job that has flexible hours? Are you unsure of where to look for on-campus jobs? Have you found an on-campus job but do not know how to apply? Well, keep reading to have all of your questions answered.

Eastern offers a variety of on-campus jobs for students with no experience required. But the first step to searching for a job is understanding the two different types of employment. The first type, work-study, is a Federal program that is awarded to students with financial need. To discover your eligibility for federal work-study, check the most recent award letter from the Financial Aid Office on my.eastern.com. The second type of job is Eastern Campus Employment, a program available to all students. When looking for jobs, there will be a description which states whether the job is for work-study or Eastern Campus Employment.

Now the search can begin. The easiest way to find an on-campus job is through Handshake. Handshake can easily be accessed through your Eastern email. Upon logging into Handshake, click the icon at the top left that states jobs. To narrow your search, select the filter titled on-campus. Upon clicking on the various positions, there will be a role description provided. Following the role description, you will find a name and contact information to apply for the position. Many positions require a resume or cover letter. For assistance with creating or revising these items, an appointment can be made with the Center of Career Development via Handshake.

Another way to find on-campus jobs is through the various flyers posted around campus. Many job opportunities are posted on the bulletin boards in the academic buildings as well as residence halls. One of the major places to search is the bulletin board in Walton on the second floor. New jobs are frequently posted here. On each flyer, there is a description and point of contact to apply for the position.

Here are some of the most popular positions available on Handshake: the Mail Center is currently hiring employees for Fall 2021 through Spring 2022. The description of the position involves handling, sorting, distributing, pick-up and delivering campus mail and assisting with making copies and using the University Switchboard. Federal work-study is required to apply for this position. Sodexo is also hiring with positions available for students with work-study and Eastern Campus Employment. Students have the opportunity to work in Zime, the dining commons or Breezeway. Tasks include but are not limited to food service during meal times, food preparation and sanitizing common areas. Last but not least there are a variety of positions for assistants and associates of differing areas of specialization. Ranging from theatrical technical assistant to prison education special program assistant. And the list goes on and on. With so many options available, there is a position to meet every interest. Good luck on the journey to finding the ideal campus job.