Replace Stress with Joy for the Holidays - December 2021

The“Grateful Flow”

The scientifically-proven power of gratitude has shown that simply writing down 5 things you’re grateful for can boost your happiness up to 25%. It’s a way to deal with any negative feelings you might be experiencing.

Here’s the quick take on how to put the tool into practice: The moment you’re aware that a cloud of ick is floating into your day, step back, take a deep breath and simply look around you and notice things you can be grateful for.

For example, right now I’m grateful for the computer I’m working on, the bottle of water I just drank from, my wife and kids, the beautiful mountain out my window, my health, you, and so much more. That’s “Grateful Flow.” It’s the tiny little things in our life that we can either take for granted or appreciate.

Note: You cannot be in a state of gratitude AND be in a state of misery at the same time.

Health Coaches can help you figure it out and refer you to the State of Maine Health Plan for a referral if needed. To sign up for an appointment with a coach, visit theChallengeME website