A gratitude ritual

Iris Ploum
Graduation project
Company: Creatuals
Supervisory team: Anna Pohlmeyer and Pieter Desmet
Contact: Iris Ploum | ploum.iris@gmail.com

Today’s world is becoming faster and faster, people want more, buy more and it seems that there is a lack of time or effort to regularly reflect upon how good life actually is. This is a pity as research has shown that expressing gratitude for the good things in life has an impactful contribution to subjective well-being.

Anna Pohlmeyer devised this graduation assignment and is an assistant professor with a design research focus on gratitude and savoring. The assignment for this project is to design a ritual that fits in today’s world, that is different from the common gratitude journals and apps and which stimulates people to practice gratitude in daily life.

After some literature research about existing rituals related to gratitude, current solutions to practice gratitude and through exploratory design, different concepts have been created. The concept of a tea ritual, was chosen and is now being developed further.

Even a simple object as a paper cup, that one uses to drink tea or coffee, can stimulate people to reflect for a moment upon the (good) things in life. The cups can be used in offices, coffee houses and coffee corners of institutions, to make people more aware of all we can be grateful for.

Within this graduation Iris is collaborating with Creatuals, a company with expertise on creative rituals. She started her project in September 2013 and expects to graduate in March 2014.

The picture shows a timeline of probes that have been created in this project to test and develop different interactions.

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