It's been the Master Class of Master Classes! For the past 3 months, Sharon and I have been busy interviewing the most amazing doctors, educators, wellness practitioners, artists, and business and community leaders, and now all of these interviews are available to you, FREE!
Join us on this 21 day journey as we hear from MDs and DOs, PhDs and PsyDs, educators, business leaders, community and relationship experts, artists and spiritual leaders - all sharing the professional research (evidence based) and personal effects (experience based) gratitude has had on our overall health and wellness.
Our experts speak to five core areas:
SELF: Gratitude's impact on our physical, mental and emotional health through topics such as weight loss and diabetes, cardiovascular and brain health, hormones, mental health, cancer and more.
FAMILY: How a shared gratitude practice strengthens marriages, mends strained connections and opens communication.
RELATIONSHIPS: Insight into gratitude's magnetic effect in healing relationships, building trust and helping us relate personally, in groups and in community settings.
HOME: A look into gratitude's effect in our safe spaces, our homes, our schools and our neighborhoods.
WORK: Revealing how gratitude can boost company morale, influence how we feel about our jobs, our co-workers, our productivity and our life purpose.
The Global Gratitude Summit runs November 1 - 21, 2018, with a new featured speaker each day, and each day the talk is FREE for 24 hours! We encourage you to sign up today to catch all 21 speakers. Or, the Global Gratitude Summit is available for purchase (individual talks as well as the complete set) if you wish.
At just 39 years of age, Kelly Buckley experienced the most painful event in a mother's life - the death of her 23 year old son. Through her grief, she found her Life's Purpose and a pathway to healing. This month, we're sharing one of her blog posts that resonates with the more than 125,000 followers of her Facebook page, "Just One Little Thing" and a short clip of her interview on the Global Gratitude Summit.
WALKING WITH ANXIETY - TIPS FOR MANAGING DAY TO DAY - by Kelly Buckley.
I haven’t really discussed it before. I’ve dealt with it quietly. My husband and son understand. As a family, we’ve talked openly about it, and have figured out how to deal with it. I sometimes mention a little hint here or there in passing, sliding it into conversation with family or friends.
But mostly, it lives quietly beneath the surface of my life.
I’ll be honest, when I first felt the grip of it, I was shocked. Emotionally, I’ve lived a white knuckle kind of life. I often joke and say my life could be called a cautionary tale for others to learn from. The ups have been up and the downs have been subterranean. And I’ve handled it. I’ve been worried, scared, angry and bitter. But the grip of anxiety did not close its vice grip on me until my son died. And then everything changed. CLICK HERE for the rest of the post and to hear more from Kelly Buckley.
GUIDED GRATITUDE MEDITATION
Julie Santiago understands the power of Gratitude as shared within Community, and has created The Gratitude Circle group on Facebook as a place more than 40,000 people globally now call home. Her guided Gratitude Meditation in this month's newsletter, followed by a short clip of her talk from the Global Gratitude Summit, "The Gratitude Circle of Life."
GUIDED GRATITUDE MEDITATION by Julie Santiago.
True gratitude isn’t about giving thanks when things are “good”. It’s easy enough to be grateful when Life is going our way or when we’re on vacation. The challenge is finding gratitude even when things seem like they’re falling apart. CLICK HERE to access Julie's meditation and visit her website.
SOOTHE THE SENSES
Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter is an advocate of the dying, instilling hope at the end of life. She practices gratitude as a means to connect, in a very special way, with the dying patient and the patient's family, and explains it in the blog post we've shared this month, which was an article she wrote as a contributor to The Washington Post. Below, we've also included a short clip of her talk from the Global Gratitude Summit, "Bringing Hope Back into Life Even as it Approaches the End."
AN INTENSIVE CARE DOCTOR ADVISES HOW TO SOOTHE THE SENSES OF A DYING LOVED ONE - by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter.
I once walked into the room of a dying patient to hear a game show blaring on television. The sound of the buzzer, slapped down by eager contestants, was jarring in this room from which a soul would soon depart. This program probably had been left on by someone — a nurse, a family member, one of the cleaning people — who had turned it on while in the room, focusing on some task and forgetting the patient in the bed. And now, although the room was empty of people, it was filled with a cacophony that jarred me, and, I presume, the dying patient in the bed.
As an ICU and palliative care physician, I am a frequent witness to death. And I am often struck by the broad range of experiences for dying patients. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the post and visit Dr. Zitter's website.
DEEP GRATITUDE is the key to connecting students and teachers, teachers and parents, and parents and administrators - but it's not necessarily such an easy practice. With nearly 3 decades of research, Dr. Kerry Howells has radicalized the view of gratitude in the classroom and is changing schools around the world. This month, we've included a thought provoking article in which Dr. Howells explains nine aspects of deep gratitude, followed by a short clip from her talk, "Gratitude in Education: A Radical View" on the Global Gratitude Summit.
CREATING COMMUNITIES OF GRATITUDE PRACTICE - by Dr. Kerry Howells.
Have you wondered how you might join with others in practising gratitude together?
Recently I’ve had the experience of this through engaging online with my wonderful students who are part of the UTAS Summer School unit ESM704 Gratitude in Education. Our class is comprised of school leaders, experienced teachers, pre-service teachers, and researchers in fields as diverse as paramedics, oncology and environmental science. They are from all around Australia.
One of the components of the unit is a weekly discussion board that...CLICK HERE to read the rest of the post and visit her website to see the amazing research she's compiled over the past several decades.
SHIFTING CULTURE WITH GRATITUDE
Lisa Ryan has seen gratitude shift a corporate culture for good, boost failing businesses, and uplift company morale again and again. It's why she works directly with senior executives throughout the United States and Canada to create a culture of employee engagement through Grategies - Gratitude Strategies. This month, we feature her blog post and a short clip of her talk from the Global Gratitude Summit. Enjoy!
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IS COMPOUNDED BY GRATITUDE - by Lisa Ryan.
A simple practice of gratitude started with friends in 2009 changed my life. Can it change yours? YES! You may be saying, “Yes, but Lisa, I’m grateful all the time. I’m always thanking people. Why do I need to write it down?”
Because it takes less than two minutes, and it works!
First thing in the morning, or last thing at night, give yourself the gift of writing in your gratitude journal. Your “journal” may be a notebook, a journal, or loose leaf paper – it’s all good. Write down 3-5 things for which you are grateful and in doing so, you’ll experience that feeling of gratefulness. Add details to each entry so your writings are slightly different each day.
When I consult with organizations, one of the first things I share with participants is the power of keeping a gratitude journal. Why? CLICK HERE to see the rest of her post and visit LisaRyanSpeaks.com.
The Opportunity Before Us
By The Gratefulness Team | Gratefulness.org
Join Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living as our Feature Speaker of The Global Gratitude Summit on November 21, 2018! Please find the original post HERE.
How do we feel fully alive? Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living sees this question as both the opportunity and the purpose of our lifetime. Catch a brief video highlight from her talk, "Living in GrateFULNESS" below - and enjoy this poignant and reflective post for thought shared from her staff.
THE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE US - by The Gratefulness Team
We’re living in a time of great change. Most of us don’t have to look far to see the shifts happening in our biological, social, and ecological worlds. As the resources in our upcoming eCourse “Reclaiming Aliveness: How Great Fullness Can Transform Our World,” will illustrate, technology is exponentially accelerating, the ecological systems holding the planet in balance are rapidly changing, and the social structures guiding our relationships as humans seem to grow more tenuous by the minute.
In “On What the Year 2050 Has in Store for Humankind,” author Noah Yuval Harari says, “Humankind is facing unprecedented revolutions, all our old stories are crumbling and no new story has so far emerged to replace them. How can we prepare ourselves and our children for a world of such unprecedented transformations and radical uncertainties?”
Surely our charge is not merely to survive and manage the transformations and uncertainties before us – it is to thrive as well. How can we feel fully alive — in spite and in service of the changing world before us? How do we shape ourselves, as individuals and a collective species, in ways that will allow all of life to flourish?
Keep reading and discover more at Gratefulness.org.
Living my WellnessME.Life is our quarterly newsletter, compiled of separate blog posts created by Louanne and Sharon Saraga Walters and contributed by esteemed healthcare practitioners, colleagues and friends with a holistic (interrelated, synergistic, systemic) view of wellness.