As the holidays draw near, it can be a time of great joy but also stress. Did you know that giving thanks is actually good for your health? Time and time again scientists have proven that expressing gratitude can help improve your mental state and motivation to perform at a higher level. 

Researchers from Indiana University studied adults that signed up for counseling services through campus health services. They studied 300 people, mostly students, and split them into three cohorts. The first group was told to write a letter of gratitude to another person each week for three weeks while the second group was instructed to write about their negative experiences during that same time period. The final group was not assigned a writing activity. The group that was told to write a letter of gratitude reported significantly better mental health at both 4 and 12 weeks post letter writing compared to participants in the other two groups. 

Feeling appreciated can also improve a person’s work performance. A study was done at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where phone solicitors were split into two groups. One group was instructed to solicit alumni donations as they always had. The second group was given a pep talk by the director of annual giving who told them how much she appreciated their efforts. Unsurprisingly, the group that was thanked for their efforts made 50% more calls than the other group.

These are just two of many studies that show that being on the giving or receiving end of gratitude can have a positive impact on one’s life. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’d like to express our gratitude for the circumstances we have enjoyed this past year. We are thankful for our clients, family, and friends. Thankful to have a wonderful new office space/ design studio to help better serve existing and future clients. Thankful to have found Architects Marketing Institute and have their advice on marketing and the camaraderie of several architects working together to improve the client experience. Thankful for snowy Chicago winters that make us appreciate our well designed homes and contemplate how we can get the most enjoyment from our outer environs when the weather is once again beckoning us outside. Thankful to once again be holding events such as our gingerbread house building event and sharing this fun event with our community. Thankful to be a Toys for Tots drop site and hoping that others will share the word and we can collect more toys than ever for kids. These are just a few of the things that those of us at Studio21 Architects are thankful for this holiday season. 

We encourage all of our readers to take the time to express their gratitude. Be it in writing or just a kind word, you never know whose life you may impact but one thing is certain, you’ll be better for it!Click Here to download print version of Newsletter… 

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