What an incredible time of year. Warm sunny days are mixed with
cloudy and cold ones. Leaves have turned and fallen to the ground,
leaving trees barren, and I've already had the first frost on my car.
Winter is right around the corner.I have seen the first Christmas decorations come up, heard the first
Christmas music in stores, and we have all experienced a first
glimpse of really, really cold weather... the holiday season is fast
November is a month of celebrating gratitude and this newsletter is
my personal celebration of gratitude. As for every newsletter, I did
some research on the topic of gratitude and learned that there is
science behind all of this! On MindBodyGreen and MindValley I found a
few interesting, unusual, and fun facts and ideas, which I naturally
want to share:
has the strongest link with mental well-being than any other
boosts your health
makes you 25% happier!
Science shows that gratitude causes:
depression and less anxiousness
feeling of being socially connected
sleep and fewer headaches.
How creative are you in celebrating gratitude? Feeling
gratitude is a great way to feel inner peace. We can't always control
the actions of others or what happens around us, but we can control
how we react. People who practice gratitude are often happier, a
little more relaxed, and more secure. Beyond just a simple thank you,
here are other creative ways you can practice gratitude:
a handwritten letter, not an email, to someone you feel you
haven't properly thanked
on your previous day's gifts and celebrations in the shower
an appreciation calendar - with 5 things each day
everything into a gift - the gift of laughter, the gift of
community, the gift of learning, the gift of a warm cup of
coffee or tea
the little things... what would life be like without them?
On a cultural level, I personally learned that gratitude
is experienced, shared, practiced, and celebrated on a very different
level here in the USA than I have experienced anywhere else.
Gratitude can create shifts in perspectives and thinking. It can turn
"not enough" into abundance, resistance into acceptance,
and create clarity where there was confusion before. It is a humbling
experience and I have noticed how I myself, too, have changed on that
level. There is more acknowledgement, more appreciation, and much
more honest thankfulness that I have let into my life through my
experience here. It is one of the many things I am very thankful for.
In the recent South East Michigan Coach Café in Royal Oak, I posed
the question to the participants to state one thing they are grateful
for. Some of the answers were:
community we coaches are a part of
opportunity to be doing something we love
people in our lives.
I am truly grateful for all of these. I am thankful for
the opportunity to move to the US, to become a coach, and do something
I love. I am grateful to be a part of this vibrant and welcoming
coach community and I am more than grateful to have been given the
opportunity to serve as president of ICF Michigan. I have learned so
much through this experience and I have grown through and with this
chapter. I am grateful for the health of my loved ones and for mine.
And I am grateful for every single person that is, has been, and will
be a part of my journey. Thank you. I wouldn't be who or where I am
without all of you.
How do you practice and celebrate gratitude in your own
life, with your clients, and in your coaching? What are you
celebrating and grateful for today? Take a moment to lean back,
breathe deep, and reconnect to that deep feeling of gratitude.
ICF Michigan is a big part of my coaching journey and I am grateful
for how it strives to offer so many opportunities to connect, share,
and learn. See below for all updates on TeleClasses and Coach Cafés.
Elections for the 2015 ICF Michigan Board of Directors are under way.
Mahatma Gandhi said, "In a gentle way you can shake the
world," and we have a few wonderful candidates that have stepped
up and applied. Please help shape the board by casting your vote for
the new members who will shake the profession of coaching in Michigan
in a gentle way.
Until next time, celebrate gratitude and stay energized.
With much love and gratitude,
2014 ICF Michigan President