Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui atawhai.
‘Grateful people tend to report less anxiety, greater vitality, better emotional stability, and optimism. Furthermore, studies have found that grateful people report less stress and better sleeping habits’. This is part of a blog from George Couros (Link to his website) entitled Strategies for Improving Mental and Physical Health. Focusing on gratitude and being grateful is the first of these strategies.
Being more thoughtful of social media use was another. This included limiting the amount of time spent each day on looking at screens and using the technology to turn off notifications and alerts that can distract, interrupt and limit our social interactions with actual people.
Couros challenges himself with these three questions at the end of each day:
- Did I learn one new thing today?
- Did I help or inspire one person?
- Did I show gratitude to someone who has had a positive impact on me?
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie.