Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday today is a wonderful reminder to find things to be grateful for. There have been many times in my life where this has come pretty easy. But, there have also been times when I have really only been able to look for the “silver lining” in what were in some pretty hard circumstances.
Abundant research indicates that people who practice gratitude regularly are more happy. Turns out, it isn’t necessarily our circumstances that make us happy, but how we view them! I read a book years ago, and I am re-reading it now, that addresses the topic of being grateful when things aren’t fluffy and easy. If you are a reader, I highly recommend Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts.
A lot of my training as a health coach stems from the field of Positive Psychology. Often with clients we will discuss what "silver linings" can be gleaned from hard circumstances that got in the way of fully meeting a goal that was set.
Today, I am thankful for rock climbing with family and friends (and my dog!). I am thankful for the gifts God gave us in the mountains here in West Virginia. I am thankful for you all. So, take a minute today and practice some gratitude yourself. I invite you to comment below with what you are thankful for:
As a Health Coach, I love that I get to participate in helping people thrive in their health. This applies not only to physical health, but also to mental health. And let me state too before we get too far into this topic that just as I am not a doctor, I am also not a psychologist. Both of those professions are very important, especially for those who’s physical or mental health concerns are infringing on their ability to participate in normal functions of life. Health coaching services are useful before the concerns reach the level where medical intervention is necessary. Health coaching can also be useful after medical interventions have stabilized the concerns, but there is still progress to be made to reach an optimal state of health.
And the fun thing about lifestyle health interventions, is that many of the same things that lead to physical thriving also lead to mental thriving! Exercise, healthy sleep patterns, nutrition … they each have been proven through many scientific studies to lead to greater physical health and greater emotional health. For example, according to the American Psychological Association, while more studies are needed in this area, preliminary findings indicate nutritional counseling is an effective treatment for depression and ADHD.
So, what healthy habits do you have in place to take you from surviving to thriving in both your physical and emotional health? Comment below with your ideas!
Katie Kolb - Health Coach