The Zone, Vol 21: Fostering Health With Gratitude

by The ParaDocs

August 18, 2020

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

The coming months will present challenges, some familiar and some unprecedented. In order to deal with them, we can draw from what we’ve learned up until this point during the pandemic. 

In Volume 21 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti address how the lessons we’ve learned can continue to foster our personal health. 

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.

As we continue to prepare for the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we want to recall the inner strengths that have propelled us to this point.  Along with our previously stated commitment to self, family and community, we may find it enhancing to think about those things and people that we are grateful for.  The upcoming months will offer new challenges in regards to school openings, continuation of the pandemic, the impending flu season and the upcoming elections.

Focusing on the expression of what we appreciate and what we are thankful for can foster our physical and psychological health.  The spontaneous emotion of gratitude can unlock the excitement of living.  Thinking about what gifts we have in our lives, and being grateful for them, can also boost our sense of happiness.  Gratitude turns what we have into enough and strengthens our valued relationships.


Key Takeaways

  • Our inner strengths have propelled us to this point.
  • Formidable events will continue to impact us.
  • A sense of gratitude can be a life-line during these times.

Best Practices

  • Think of inspiring people that you know or have learned about.
  • Be grateful for the community of many who bring food to our tables.
  • Write thank-you notes.

Things to Limit

  • Ingratitude.
  • Screen time.
  • Focusing on the shortcomings of others.

Realizing that each day is a gift and that we give it its unique qualities, is liberating.  Especially during these times, when one can experience loss and frustration, we can focus on what specialness and inestimable qualities each of us possess.

Quote of the Week

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” –Melody Beattie

About the author 

The ParaDocs

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. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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