Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!
If you're not in Canada, you may be confused right now, especially if you are American. It's quite simple, really.
Thanksgiving is traditionally centered around the harvest - we give thanks for nature's bounty. At least, that's how it started, as I understand it.
And in Canada, the harvest comes earlier than in the USA, by virtue of us being further north and having a colder climate. That's really the only reason our Thanksgiving is celebrated a month earlier.
But it's always struck me as a bit sad, that so many of us need a special day to remind us to acknowledge how blessed we are.
Studies show that people who get in touch with feelings of gratitude on a daily basis have better quality of life, both physically and mentally. I share several links at the bottom of this blog that will help you explore both the benefits and the ways you can implement a daily gratitude practice, and I hope you'll check them out.
You might wonder what this topic has to do with health coaching. The answer might surprise you - because health coaching is about a lot more than what you put in your mouth and how much you exercise.
Right now, the issue that is top of mind for most people isn't "How can I lose that last 10 pounds?", or "How can I get in the best shape of my life this year?". Nor is it even "How can I get my triglyceride levels low enough that my doctor doesn't insist I start taking a statin drug?".
No, the issue on most people's minds right now is more like "Will there still be toilet paper on the shelf when I get to the store?" and "What happens if my medications run out and I can't get to the pharmacy for a refill?"
It's interesting how societal behaviour patterns can change, almost overnight. People who, just a few weeks ago, might have paid lip service to the idea of minimalism (which I will define here as owning 'just enough' to meet one's daily needs), have suddenly turned into hoarders,...
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