The aim of the gratitude cards project was to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students studying at Bundoora campus by focusing on gratitude.
During the first semester 2013, a group of five Master of Psychology students developed a pilot intervention project to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students studying at Bundoora campus by focusing on gratitude.
As a result of their research and literature review on the positive psychology principle of gratitude, the students developed an effective intervention by asking students to write three things on a Gratitude Card for which they were grateful.
Liaising with RMIT University’s Student Union (RUSU), the Psychology students distributed and collected over 100 cards from RMIT staff at a free RUSU lunch event.
Positive anecdotal evidence recorded that participants had also requested extra gratitude cards to take home to their family members.
Due to the success of the students’ pilot project, Student Services has adopted the concept and implemented the Gratitude Project on a larger-scale, where 2000 students were invited to participate as part of improving the mental health and wellbeing landscape at RMIT.
Students were encouraged to strengthen their social connections by sharing positive experiences, such as showing gratitude on campus and within the wider community.