At well-social we believe that self-care is not selfish. We actively share the mindfulness behind our brands, their stories, mission, goals and approach with our community as a road map for how to make choices that are good for you and the planet. We are grateful that you are as passionate about well-social, and are committed to your well-being and the care of our Earth.
Did you know the benefits of expressing gratitude are proven to benefit you as much as they benefit others? Here are some of those benefits:
- Improved physical and psychological wellbeing, mental strength, and better sleep
- Increased empathy
- Reduced aggression
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Provides more social connections
Who couldn’t use a little more of that right now?
This season, with change in the air and as we settle in for the winter, we want to share a simple practice to support you in the months ahead and a way to practice thanks as we gather either virtually or in person for the holidays.
A Gratitude Box or Jar: Find a box or jar and place it in a central place in your home—on the front hall table where you drop your keys, at your work desk, on the kitchen counter or any place where you find yourself over the course of your day. You or someone you love can decorate the box or jar with anything on hand (a great project for a bored child or to do with your partner or roommate) or leave it unadorned—whatever makes you happy.
Now comes the fun part. Write down good things that happen to you on little pieces of paper and put them in your box/jar. Include whatever (or whomever) makes you happy and grateful, and date it if that makes sense. Examples can include things as simple as “sunshine,” “a walk in the park with my friend,” “the delicious dinner my partner made,” “when the dog greeted me at the door” or anything that makes your heart sing or brings a smile to your face.
Do this daily for a month and your box will be full before you know it. Invite the people you live with to also fill the box with the things that make them happy. Then whenever you need a boost during the day-- or as a practice before dinner or during your afternoon tea-- you can read an entry alone as a moment for yourself or aloud with others. By making the gratitude box a part of your daily routine, you will be making an investment in your mental and emotional health, and that resource will be there when you need it most.
Here are some of our favorite resources as you develop your own gratitude practice:
At well-social, gratitude is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We want to thank you for the opportunity to be a partner in your wellness journey, for our inspiring brands and their inspirational founders, for this planet that sustains us, and the well-social team who continually pursues excellence as we grow our offering to YOU.
Hilary and the well-social team