“Be Grateful” is a perfect mental health Habit for May. During this special month we celebrate both Memorial Day and Mother’s Day. Also, teachers, government service workers and many volunteers across America are honored and appreciated for all they do.
A great health tip for May is to show gratitude to your own body with some extra exercise. Experts tell us that exercise can make you feel happier because it produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. At the very least, take more walks or take the stairs instead of elevators when you can.
Also, think pink this month. “Grateful Pink,” is for Mom and for all those you appreciate everywhere. When I see or wear pink, I think “Grateful Pink” and of someone I can appreciate.
Even cool men wear pink. Pink is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity. Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies. Pink puts people in touch with the nurturing side of themselves.
Because I have been working on these 12 monthly habits for many years, I send many thank you notes during May. It has already become a “tradition” for me to do this. Maybe you can start your own “grateful” tradition. We have thirty-one days to work on being more grateful and appreciative.
Take time this month to celebrate “Be Grateful” in your own life and in your own way. Notice and appreciate workers you pass by on the street. Notice that person washing windows over there. How about telling them how nice they look as you pass by? Tell your children why you appreciate them. And don’t forget to appreciate yourself. You are important too.
Celebrating Being Grateful in May at the Morgan County Senior Center. The daily one-minute habit motivations were read daily and many activities and events featured the 12 habit themes.
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