Honours Year Work: The Gratitude Jar and Interactive Gratitude Jar

Can Technology and Participation Contribute to Creating a Positive Impact?

My honours year surrounded a Gratitude Jar idea – encouraging people to express gratitude more often so that they can feel the mood-enhancing and general well-being benefits.

I started off with inviting volunteers to participate in expressing gratitude for a week.  The word spread from the ‘Creative Dundee’ website to ‘Humans of Dundee’ and ‘STV’ featuring the project.  After engaging all participants reactions were positive.

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The responses were then made into data visualisations (to see development to this idea go to http://simoneshonours.blogspot.co.uk/ ).

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The data visualisations were made after the ‘gratitudes’ were sorted into different life categories which show each person’s unique journey through the week and what they were thankful for most that week.

Through research it was found that most people didn’t often engage in positive psychology techniques because they felt they had a lack of time to do so, so this lead to the creation of an ‘Interactive Gratitude Jar’ using social media so that interactions could be quick and easy.

A Raspberry Pi was programmed to pick up whenever the hashtag ‘#simonesgratitudejar’ was used and flash an LED light to encourage people to engage and visually represent the positive impact gratitude has on people.

Below is a video and some images of the final artefact:

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