EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Practicing mindful thankfulness is one way to boost spirits, feel happier and enhance overall health. Join Mayo Clinic Health System for "Discover Gratitude," a free virtual program beginning Sunday, Nov. 22.
Participants will journal daily about the big and small things in life that they are thankful for, track their efforts to do something kind for others and challenge themselves to dedicate time to be present in the moment.
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to reflect on the people and blessings in your life. However, 2020 brought new challenges to many people, which can make it difficult for some to feel grateful. That’s why it’s important to find things to be thankful for.
"Many sources agree that having a positive outlook on life can help improve your mental well-being. This is especially important in stressful times like we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Sara Carstens, director of Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic Health System, Northwest Wisconsin Region. "Sharing kindness and being mindful supports this positive shift. We hope community members will find that after journaling for four weeks, they notice an improved outlook and an increased feeling of resilience. We encourage people to complete this challenge with their families or the important people in their lives. The value of this program truly is in the journey."
This community-wide program is appropriate for adults and youth. Feel free to share this program with friends and family, as well as teachers and other youth leaders.
Registration is not required. The challenge begins on Sunday, Nov. 22. Print a journal, and get resources about gratitude and resilience. Journals are private and will not be collected. If you can’t start on Nov. 22, just start your month-long journey when it works for you.
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