With my Gratitude

from Claire Stanley Bissonnette, Creative Balance Health


Hello and Happy Holidays! As 2015 draws to an end and we are all busy and stressed out with trying to get it all done and being “enough”, I wanted to stop and take a moment to express my appreciation for your support and interest.

Some of you may not have heard from me for a while, from my “Meals-in-a-Minute” Gluten-Free cooking demonstration days, as I have been busy expanding Creative Balance Health with new programs that focus on helping exhausted women, who don’t know why they are so tired or suspect they may have adrenal fatigue, to reclaim their energy and quality of life. Since I launched my practice in 2011, I became certified as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner, got married to a wonderful dedicated to curing cancer, moved 4 times (!), said goodbye to my ailing mother, cheered on three children graduating from college and leaving the nest, and most recently re-launched my practice and website. The full circle of life certainly happens, and for that I am extremely grateful for all the family, friends, support and wisdom gained along the way. For me, when this journey became too stressful and overwhelming, taking a moment to reflect on what I am grateful for helped to put things in perspective and to continue to move forward, one step at a time.

Accessing the Power of Gratitude….

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That's why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn't a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It's more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What's on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

Again, you have my heart-felt thanks and gratitude for being an important part of my Creative Balance Health journey and practice. I invite you to check out my new website, www.CreativeBalanceHealth.com, and Reclaim your Energy programs and promise I will do a better job of keeping in touch with you. I wish for you health and happiness this holiday season and for the coming 2016 year.

To your health,

Claire Stanley Bissonnette, FDN-P, CHC, AADP
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner | Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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