We wanted to highlight some great things that have happened to this project in the great state of Washington. Thank you to the Washington Parks and Recreation Association for a phenomenal conference!
Last year, Lucila and I had the rare chance to present together at the Healthy Worksite Summit in Washington. Thank you to Jon Smith, Perri Bernard and Julie McDowell for being such great coordinators and champions of the project! I personally love this photo of a conference attendant taking a moment to see what people wrote as the reflection of the words fall on the ground and the sun catches the color of everyone’s grateful expressions.
Out of that conference, came two amazing projects:
Thank you to Loalei Walker the Washington State Department of Health for making our project part of employee wellness and the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Washington Department of Health! We are GRATEFUL for all the work you do!
And thank you for creating this great post- you totally got the meaning of the project!
“Gratitude Graffiti Project
You may have noticed thecolorful “wordle” posters on display in the Tumwater campus lobbies. They are the results of the Gratitude Graffiti Project, one of several events launching the agency’s Wellness@Health program in January.
Throughout the month, staff were encouraged to share the things they’re grateful for by writing on sticky notes and placing them at the “Designated Gratitude Stop” in their building. Responses ranged from cherished family and friends to good health and strong faith; from coffee and sunshine to beloved pets and the Superbowl-bound Seahawks.
But the Gratitude Graffiti Project wasn’t only a fun, feel-good activity. Scientific studies have shown that expressing gratitude regularly has lasting positive effects on your brain and overall health. Among other physical and mental benefits, an attitude of gratitude can help:
- Lower your blood pressure.
- Boost your immune system.
- Reduce your stress.
- Improve the quality of your sleep.
- Increase your vitality and energy.
Stop by and check out the posters for inspiration to keep exercising your gratitude muscle! For more information about the origins of the project, visit the Gratitude Graffiti Project website.”
Finally,here is an image from the Washington State Penitentiary also found on our blog entry on bringing TGGP to the workplace. It is amazing how you can find gratitude, even in in the unlikeliest of places.
TGGP Loves Washington State!