With Independence Day coming up, and with time-honored summer celebrations on the way, now is the time to honor the impact special events have on us.
- A basic component of living is to celebrate.
- In the United States, as with the rest of the world, we mark specific days of the year as meaningful to who we are.
- Incorporating a sense of gratitude into our celebrations can enhance our overall health.
- Approach Independence Day with a sense of gratitude.
- If you are able, maintain a Gratitude Journal and record things during the week that you are thankful for. Journaling can be expressed in writing, drawing, dance, singing, etc.
- When individuals show you gratitude, think about the intention and appreciate the moment.
Things to Limit
- Thinking that you can read others’ minds.
- Planning activities without intentionality.
- Self-sabotaging behaviors.
In summary, during difficult times, it is important to seek enhancing moments that are present in our daily life. These moments can lead to a sense of gratitude which can bring us encouragement to keep moving forward.
Quote of the Week
“At times, our light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” - Albert Schweitzer
The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist.
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