Gratitude, New Year, Goals

Over the past several newsletters we have been talking about goal setting and how we can make those goals a reality. One of my goals for this first quarter of 2020 is to journal daily. The focus of that journaling time is to reflect on the day to look for things to be grateful for. Gratitude is so important, and so often overlooked.

According to the Harvard HealthBeat "Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships." It seems almost like gratitude might be like being bitten by a radioactive spider. It might just turn you into a superhero. I joke... but I would be willing to bet that those around you would notice a difference if you focused on being grateful.

We talk about gratitude in all of our strength classes (by the way there is still some room in a couple of our classes if you want to give it a try!). At the end of every class, we discuss what we are grateful for. To be honest, my list of things that I am grateful for seemed to get a little repetitive... But after a conversation with a friend, that all changed. He told me the acronym that he uses to think about what he is grateful for and I have been using it ever since that day.

My friend told me that my gratitude needed to be POTENT. So now I am grateful for:

P - People
O - Opportunities 
T - Things
E - Experiences
N - Nature 
T - Thoughts

The next time you think about gratitude remember to be POTENT and it will make it much easier to think about the things in your life that you are grateful for!

Here is a link to the article from the Harvard HealthBeat if you would like to read it!


Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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