By Melissa Lafrance on April 2, 2019
Did you know that there’s a connection between mindfulness and financial wellbeing?
Mindfulness can help us pay closer attention to the present moment and acknowledge its beauty through focused awareness. By paying attention to our personal finances, we can spend our money more intentionally and thoughtfully, rather than spending impulsively on unnecessary things. Improving our self-awareness can help us become savvier shoppers.
That’s not to say we need to think about the present moment all the time; being financially responsible involves planning for the future and understanding how our spending habits will impact it. Bringing a mindful awareness to our shopping habits will not only help us make better decisions in the present, but set us up for long-term financial health.
Before making your next purchase, try applying this simple Pause, Notice, Take Action practice:
When you discover something you want to buy, pause and take a mindful breath. Take a moment to reduce the distractions and stimulations around you.
Check in with yourself and consider: How am I feeling? Will this item bring me joy? Is it within my budget? Listen to your intuition and give yourself time to decide. You can always step away and come back later.
After making your decision, take action mindfully. Notice your behaviour. Whether you purchase the item or not, be proud that you made a conscious decision rather than an impulse buy.
You should absolutely treat yourself with your hard-earned money. However, by being more mindful, you can avoid impulse purchases and savour the moments and things that bring you joy and satisfaction.
Take action now by signing up for UBC’s 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge cohort, starting April 15.
By Melissa Lafrance on August 7, 2018
This month, we share the results of our popular Stair Challenge, an annual health and wellbeing initiative that encourages UBC staff and faculty to use stair climbing to boost their cardiovascular health and build strength.
The 2018 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge achieved a high water mark this year with a record turnout of participants. For four weeks (May 28 to June 22), over 490 staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows took steps to climb their way to better health. The annual initiative is organized by UBC Human Resources’ Health Promotions team and offers a fun, easy, inclusive and accessible way for UBC employees to take an active role in enhancing their overall health and wellbeing. As individuals or in teams, participants can take the stairs, gain elevation by hiking, or stay active on stair climbers. For non-stair climbers, there is the option of walking or tracking wheelchair distances. Weekly and top performing prizes are awarded during and at the end of the challenge.
This year’s Stair Challenge had UBC employees stepping up from across the university, from Point Grey, the Okanagan and Robson Square to the hospital sites at VGH/DHCC, St. Paul’s, BC Women’s and Children’s. Collectively, they climbed 547,748 metres – the equivalent of scaling Mt. Everest 65 times!
The effort, enthusiasm and level of engagement was high throughout the challenge. Participants not only achieved astounding altitudes, but they also reported being more active at work and outside of work through social connections. In a post-challenge survey, the majority of participants reported that their top motivations were to improve their physical fitness and increase the incentive to take active breaks during their work day. 96% of participants agreed that the challenge contributed to their overall wellbeing.
“It’s one of many fantastic motivators to be more active,” said one challenge participant in their survey response. “It inspired me to finally try going up Grouse Mountain…it was something to keep in mind when I stood waiting for an elevator…I really value this incentive to keep moving.”
Participants found creative ways to motivate themselves and others, including organizing active breaks, sending daily email encouragement and posting funny posters to liven up stairwells. For UBC Vancouver’s Brock Warriors, one of this year’s top performing teams (averaging 1,172 flights per person), they stayed motivated by participating as a group and accomplishing shorter bursts of activities. In particular, team members Ritu Dabla, Laurie Dawson and Janice McGill enjoyed the social aspect of the challenge and felt it enhanced their friendships:
“The most interesting part was how [we] felt engaged and connected to the larger UBC community…It led to better physical fitness, social connections and enhanced [our] mental health and wellbeing.”
UBC Okanagan’s Heather Bradshaw (Centre for Teaching & Learning) was the top performing individual this year, achieving a total of 2,966 flights. She challenged herself by setting her eyes on the highest virtual peak – Mt. Everest. Heather did not have teammates to stay accountable to, but that did not stop her:
“I was motivated by trying different methods of reaching daily and weekly goals. I climbed the stairs to the 9th floor of my condo building five times as a morning routine and took breaks during my work day by going up and down the building stairs.”
The Next Challenge
For the UBC HR Health Promotions team of Miranda Massie and Melissa Lafrance, they are already looking ahead to the future:
“We appreciate all the valuable comments, feedback and suggestions we’ve received,” said Lafrance. “They will help us make the annual Stair Challenge even better next year.”
Massie added, “Thanks to our generous corporate discount partners for donating prizes, but most of all, thank you to each and every participant. You embody the spirit of what the Stair Challenge is all about – inspiring and supporting your personal, physical and social health and wellbeing. Melissa and I hope to see you all back next year, and we hope you’ll encourage new colleagues to join the fun!”
For More Information
Visit the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge page for photos submitted by 2018 participants. For upcoming health and wellbeing events and initiatives, visit our Events & Workshops page and stay tuned through Healthy UBC.
Photo Credit: UBC Communications & Marketing
Posted in Information Update, Physical Health, Thriving Campus | Tagged 2018, challenge, Peak performance, physical activity, Pick your Peak, Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, stair challenge, stair climbing, UBC, winners | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2017
Celebrate the end of another school year with some fun! Register now for UBC’s seventh annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Open to UBC faculty, staff and grad students, this free event is an exciting team-building day that encourages inclusivity, accessibility, mental and physical wellbeing, and fun!
Why take part?
Make connections: 90% of survey respondents from last year’s event reported that it positively impacted their sense of belonging within their team.
Improve your health: Last year’s participants reported positive increases in mental health (90%) and physical wellbeing (84%) after participating in Sports Day.
2017 Highlights include:
- New spaces and places: Events will take place in Brock Hall, War Memorial Gym, the Student Recreation Centre, the UBC Alumni Centre and more!
- A Recognition Wall: Help recognize the personal and professional achievements of your colleagues. Submissions can be made in three ways:
- Special guests: VPs Lisa Castle (HR) and Louise Cowin (VPS) will be in attendance to present trophies and prizes at the Awards Ceremony.
- Free lunch and social: All participants are invited to socialize and celebrate while grabbing a free lunch. Check out the booths, watch the awards ceremony and add to the recognition wall.
Last year’s event sold out and spots are already filling up fast, so teams are encouraged to register as early as possible to secure a space. Registration is first come, first served and closes on April 26.
Posted in Events, Information Update, Physical Health | Tagged celebration, challenge, event, fitness, fun, games, lunch, puzzles, sports day, staff and faculty, team-building, UBC, year end | Leave a response
By Melissa Lafrance on January 10, 2017
Career Navigation Three-Part Series (Location: Point Grey)
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal to discover and design opportunities for your professional success to enhance your UBC career experience.
Part 2: Making Meaningful Connections – Jan. 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In this interactive session, discover ways to unfold your unique career strengths while learning about new resources and opportunities for the enhancement of your career. For information and to register, click here.
Mindfulness Programs Celebration & Orientation – Jan. 17, 12:00pm – 12:45pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us to learn more and to enroll in the upcoming Mindfulness Programs at UBC. All those interested are welcome, and past participants are invited to celebrate and share their experience with the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge and the Mindfulness@Work Programs. For more information and to register, click here.
Suicide Awareness Day – Jan. 25 (Location: all UBC campuses)
Suicide Awareness Day is held to bring awareness to the UBC campus community regarding suicide prevention by educating students, staff and faculty on the resources available. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s help. Show your support for suicide awareness and prevention by wearing orange, visiting an information booth, getting involved, and reaching out. For more information on suicide prevention and resources, please visit www.thrive.ubc.ca/prevent-suicide.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – January 24, 25 (multiple locations)
January 24, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (DHCC)
January 25, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (Point Grey)
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention.
Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Suicide is preventable. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial – Jan. 25, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse, and monitor to promote neutral working postures. For more information and to register, click here.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge – starting Feb. 6 (Location: all UBC campuses)
The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge is an innovative and evidence-based online training for UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work effectively in a team. Lean more about the program or register now!
Travelling Health Fair – Feb. 21 – March 1 (Location: Point Grey)
The much anticipated Travelling Health Fair is back and available for all staff and faculty!
This year is dedicated to helping you learn about diabetes and how to manage your blood sugar to keep your risk as low as possible and is open to those with and without diabetes or pre diabetes.
Registration is now open to reserve your appointment time. For more information, to check out the dates and appointment times, and to register, click here.
Coming up soon …
Living Well with Stress
Posted in Events, Healthy UBC Initiatives, Mental Health, Nutrition, Physical Health | Tagged career navigation, challenge, Ergonomics, events, free, Mindfulness, programs, Suicide Awareness Day, training, Travelling Health Fair, UBC | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on January 10, 2017
The New Year has arrived and it is typically a time for reflection, resolutions and action. This month, discover ways to stay active and stick to those resolutions by weaving activity throughout your day.
Week 1: Join The Walkabout Challenge
Stay motivated to reach your fitness and step goals by joining the UBC Walkabout Challenge. Walk your way to better social and physical health in just nine weeks!
Week 2: Pedometer 101
Before you head out the door, make sure that you understand your step-tracking device. Learn more about how pedometers work.
Week 3: Indoor Home Walking Workout
Feeling deterred by the weather? Watch this video to get in your steps without going outside.
Week 4: Tips To Stay On Track
Check out this list of easy to-dos to help you keep your fitness on track well beyond January 31!
For more even fitness tips and inspiration, visit our Fitting in Fitness page.
By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! November marks the start of UBC Thrive on campus (the eighth year to be exact) and the culmination of six months of planning for our small-but-mighty Thrive Committee.
The goal of Thrive is to encourage staff, faculty and students to find small and manageable ways to build positive mental health skills every day. It can be challenging to stay resilient in the face of life’s challenges but we all have the ability to improve our mental health. Thrive’s events and activities aim to help everyone build skills and learn about resources that promote mental health.
You can find a full list of the week’s events here but I wanted to highlight some key ways that you can get involved:
Attend the Thrive Kick-Off Celebration: Drop by the square outside the bookstore on October 31 from 8:30am-11:30am for free drinks, stress balls, snacks, live music and more.
*Special highlight* Join Professor Ono at 9:45am as UBC becomes one of the first universities in the world to formally commit to university-wide health and wellbeing by signing the Okanagan Charter.
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class: Join us on Nov. 4 for this free lunch-hour fitness class hosted by UBC Recreation. Short Zumba sessions will be running every 15 minutes along with other activities, snacks and more!
Take the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge: Unable to make one of the events? Participate in the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge from anywhere by posting the ways that you thrive each day of the week. Click here for full challenge details.
Ultimately, building positive mental health is about supporting those around us in making small changes, working to reduce stigma around mental illness and by trying something new for your mental health today.
Here are some other ideas that you can try right now!
5 Ways To Beat Stress This Week
1) Watch this 3 minute TED talk: “Try something new for 30 days”
2) Take 5: Take a deep breath in through your nose as you count to five. Release the breath through your mouth as you count to five. Repeat this exercise five times to re-focus, calm nerves or for a short mental break.
3) Make a quick gratitude list: Grab a post it and make a list of 4-6 things or people for which you are grateful. Expressing gratitude and thanks can produce a wealth of health benefits.
4) Take a free online resilience course: com has a wealth of online learning modules, including topics like managing stress, mindfulness and resilience. Try watching one lesson each day and you will be done in no time!
5) Get up and stretch: Take a 30 second stretch break or try one of the following stretches to get your blood flowing and to give your eyes a rest.
This month I encourage you to try one new thing to beat stress and boost your ability to take on new challenges.
All my best,
Posted in Editorial, Events, Mental Health, Miranda Massie | Tagged breath, challenge, events, gratitude, Happiness, mental health, stress management, stretching, thrive, Thrive week, UBC | 1 Response
By Guest Contributor on January 12, 2016
Guest contribution from Dr. Geoffrey Soloway
Mindful or Mindless?
Imagine coming home from a stressful day at work and your head is swimming with the day’s events. Who said what to whom, how you did or didn’t respond to a colleague, and what’s on your plate for tomorrow. Sound familiar? The problem with this scenario is that because you’re absorbed in these thoughts replaying the day, you’re not able to see what’s right in front of you. Did you notice the greeting you got from a pet or loved one? Did you enjoy or even really taste your dinner? Did you notice a family member wanting to tell you something but waiting to be asked? All of these moments make up our lives and they pass us by unless we’re in the moment and paying attention.
Living in the moment is not simply a nice catch phrase or philosophy, learning to be more mindful is a science of mind that has a measurable impact on the brain. There is a tremendous amount of evidence over the past 20 years demonstrating the benefits of training in mindfulness for physical and mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness is a form of mental exercise that, similar to physical exercise, becomes stronger with practice.
Faculty and Staff at UBC have the opportunity to exercise their mindfulness muscles with the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge. The Challenge is an online mindfulness training coming to UBC starting Feb 1, 2016. The Challenge can be accessed via any computer or mobile device, anytime, anywhere and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. Content is delivered through engaging videos, infographics, podcasts, and delivered on an innovative learning platform developed specifically for this training. According to Dr. Geoff Soloway, “We understand that in order for the training to stick, learners need opportunity to integrate new skills and habits in everyday life that rewire new neural pathways in the brain. That is why the 30 Day Challenge focuses on mindfulness-in-action.”
One central proposition of the Challenge is that you aren’t doing it alone. Each person will be asked to invite a buddy from outside the organization to complete the training with. The learning platform connects you with your buddy on a daily basis so you are learning together and motivating each other to stay on track. Just like a workout buddy, we view the 30 Day Challenge like a mental workout. After just 5-10 minutes a day, Dr. Soloway says participants and their buddies will be less stressed, more focused, better able to adapt to problems that arise as well as work better with others.
The 30 Day Challenge is perfect for people who work in high-stress jobs with long or irregular hours, time pressures and a lot of responsibility. The Challenge is a great first step for those new to mindfulness and even those who may be a bit resistant yet secretly curious. The Challenge runs for 30 consecutive days, yet life happens and you might miss a few days. Being successful is much more about how you live your life, and whether you are learning to make mindfulness a part of that — even for a few moments, every now and then.
To learn more about mindfulness and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, please attend a one hour information session:
January 12, 2016 -1:15pm-2:15pm (VGH/DHCC) Click here to register
January 13, 2016 – 12:30pm-1:30pm (Point Grey Campus) Click here to register
To secure a space in the 30-Day Challenge, payment ($25 Payable by cash, JV to KPGK or by cheque payable to UBC Human Resources) must be made at an orientation session or sent to UBC Human Resources (attn. Melissa Lafrance). Please note your preference for either the February 1 or March 14 start dates.
For more information on mindfulness, Dr. Geoff Soloway or the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, please visit www.mindwellcanada.com.
Follow us on Twitter at @MindWellMind and use hashtag #UBC30day to connect with fellow participants, ask questions and deepen your learning.
Posted in Geoffrey Soloway, Guest Contributor, Mental Health, Mindful Moments | Tagged challenge, learning, mental health, Mindfulness, Mindwell, online, registration, resilience, training, wellbeing | 1 Response
By Guest Contributor on December 2, 2015
Health benefits of mindfulness include less stress, improved sleep and reduced pain
The chances are good that you have heard about mindfulness recently– it’s everywhere! From the World Economic Summit in Davos, to 60 Minutes, to the Armed Forces or the Seattle Seahawks, mindfulness is being used in a multitude of settings , as it has been proven by neuroscience to do everything from improve leadership skills and sleep quality, to reduce stress and conflict.
What is mindfulness & how does it work?
Mindfulness is a systematic training of the attention to help people live their lives in the here and now. By teaching people to focus on the moment, without judgement, they can see things more clearly – the good and the bad, and can therefore respond more skillfully.
Benefits of mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness can improve both physical and psychological symptoms as well as create positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.
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The University is participating in a pilot project in partnership with the Movember Foundation to bring the benefits of mindfulness to faculty and staff. During 2015, UBC offered several mindfulness workshops, plus a ‘Mindfulness@Work’ six-week course and one-day retreat taught by Dr. Geoffrey Soloway and Kara Smith of MindWell Canada. All events were well attended, with results showing increases in resiliency, productivity, and the ability to handle stress and interpersonal conflict.
To further create a mindful community at UBC, the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, an online mindfulness training, is being offered to 225 faculty and staff on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Challenge is an online mindfulness training where lessons are delivered via any device, anytime, and anywhere that takes just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Participants and their buddies (each person will be asked to invite a buddy for free, from outside the organization) will learn core mindfulness concepts and be able to experience outcomes including improved health and wellbeing, enhanced productivity and creativity, and improved problem-solving and teamwork.
Orientation and Information Sessions
To learn more about mindfulness and the 30 Day Challenge, join Dr. Soloway on Dec. 8, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 for one-hour information sessions. Click here for more information.
Can’t Make the Orientation Session?
Everyone is welcome to attend an orientation session, however attendance is not mandatory in order to register for the challenge. To secure a space in the 30-Day Challenge, payment must be made at an orientation session or sent to UBC Human Resources (attn. Melissa Lafrance). Please note that payments will not be processed until after December 8, 2015. Click here for more information.
MindWell Canada (MWC) is a leader in helping people integrate mindfulness into their personal and professional lives, by working with executives, athletes, health care professionals and teachers helping them create a more joyful, less stressful and more connected career and life. MWC has a network of partners around the world and has worked with companies and organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Geoffrey Soloway has been working in the area of health promotion, mindfulness and wellbeing for over 12 years. Geoff completed a PhD on Mindfulness at OISE of the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s of Education on Holistic Education. Geoff is also an Organizational Coach, completing his certification through the University of British Columbia. Currently, Geoff is a Partner with MindWell Canada, and Instructor for UBC Continuing Studies.
Posted in Geoffrey Soloway, Guest Contributor, Mental Health, Mindful Moments | Tagged 30 day challenge, challenge, Geoffrey Soloway, mental health, Mindfulness, Movember, online, skills, UBC | Leave a response
By Melissa Lafrance on December 2, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this winter. Sign up today for topics including Healthy UBC Career Navigation, Online Mindfulness Challenge Orientation, and plenty more!
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge – Orientation & Registration
Dates & Locations:
Dec. 8, 2015 | 11:30am – 12:30pm (Point Grey)
Jan. 12, 2016 | 1:15pm – 2:15pm (VGH/DHCC)
Jan. 13, 2016 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Point Grey)
This free orientation session is an opportunity to learn more about the art and science of mindfulness and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, as well as an opportunity to register for the programs beginning in February 2016. There will be time for questions and answers at the orientation session.
For more information and to register for the orientation sessions, click here.
Stay Tuned for January 2016 Offerings!
Intro to CUPE 2950 Health Spending Account & Other Benefit Changes – Jan. 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
This session will be an opportunity for CUPE 2950 members to learn about their new benefit changes and to ask questions about the changes and other available benefits. For more information and to register, click here.
Financial Success Workshop: Saving Strategies – Jan. 21, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide you with an analysis of wealth accumulation and savings mechanisms, as well as a review of best practices. For all levels of wealth management, there is information relevant to all situations no matter your knowledge base or income bracket. For more information and to register, click here.
Visit the Health Workshop Catalog for all upcoming workshops.
Sneak Peek of our 2016 Offerings…
- Ergo Your Office
- Creating Balance in Your Life
- Debunking Your Diet Series
- Communications Workshop
- Group Fitness Classes
- Stretch Yoga
- Power/Flow Yoga
- 50/50 Yoga/Pilates
- The Healthy UBC Career Navigation Series returns!
Posted in Events, Healthy UBC Initiatives, Mental Health, Physical Health | Tagged Benefits, challenge, CUPE 2950, financial success, Mindfulness, orientation, savings, training, workshops | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on November 1, 2015
November is an exciting time for our office. It marks the culmination of an initiative for which we spend six months planning. This initiative is UBC Thrive.
A lot of the messages we hear during Thrive are about finding small, simple and effective changes to build resilience and balance in our lives. Instead of just talking about Thrive in my editorial this month, I decided that in true health promoter fashion I would instead practice what I preach.
I set out on a seven-day challenge to incorporate more ‘Thrive’ into my life. Next week, I invite you to try the same. You might surprise yourself and find something new that will help you Thrive 365!
Thrive: My seven-day challenge (October 21-27, 2015)
Day 1: Draw circles and turn them into recognizable objects
I did this in front of the TV one night while watching the news. I grabbed a scrap piece of paper and drew six circles in Sharpie and then then went to work. I ended up with a ladybug (a childhood favourite), a jack-o-lantern (inspired by the time of year), a baseball (my mind was on the BlueJays), a lollipop (who doesn’t love candy?), a flower, and a snowman. This challenge allowed be to be creative without any pressure. It also satisfied my inner doodler.
Day 2: Eat whole foods
I tried to go a whole day without eating any processed food. I did not make it. I think that we have become so used to incorporating certain pre-made or boxed food into our meals that we consume foods before realizing what we are eating. This challenge ended up being more of an exercise in mindfulness than nutrition. When I started paying attention to what I was grabbing from the fridge, it was much easier to focus in on whole foods and ingredients.
Day 3: Illustrate your perfect day
I did this challenge during the last 15 minutes of my lunch break one day. I found a few crayons in the office arts and crafts drawer and tried not to overthink it. My perfect day would take place near the water, with the sun shining and the people I love around me. Using bright colours and thinking about nature really lifted my mood.
Day 4: Hold a solo dance party
I tend to have these on a semi-regular basis anyways. Just me in my kitchen, cooking brunch on a Saturday morning dancing along to an oldies playlist (I highly recommend this as a stress reliever). This week, however, I opted for a group dance party instead. I attended a wedding on the weekend and danced the night away with friends and strangers.
Day 5: Create a new mood or inspiration board
I was inspired by the challenge from Day 1 and created a “Perfect Day” inspiration board. I am normally up for crafting but found myself low on glue and glossy magazines so I opted to create a virtual board on Pinterest instead. Check out the images that I found to depict my perfect day(s).
Day 6: Meditate for at least 15 minutes
I accomplished this one while riding the bus on my way into work. I was nervous since I do not have a regular meditation practice outside of yoga classes, so I decided it best to download an app (Stop, Breath & Think). I chose two 6-minute guided meditations, one titled ‘gratitude’ and the other ‘the commonality of suffering’. I have been struggling recently with the cancer diagnosis of a family member and thought these themes might help give me some perspective.
Who knew that 12 minutes on the 99 B-line could leave me feeling so light? I surprised myself with how restful and peaceful my mind felt after just a few minutes.
Day 7: Write down a list of five people that you are grateful for
This was my last challenge and I found it a really fun exercise. I am incredibly fortunate to have enough amazing people in my life with whom I could fill a whole notebook. I decided instead to think a bit outside of the box. I thought about my rights and responsibilities, the things that I hold dear, and stuff that helps me through tough times. My list went as follows:
- Edgar Degas (for inspiring me to become a dancer)
- Whitney Houston (for the Bodyguard soundtrack)
- Emmeline Pankhurst (for working to win women the right to vote)
- The inventor of the cheeseburger (because they are delicious)
- Mr. Henderson (for showing me how to put the perfect curve in my baseball hats)
The great thing about this one is that the list can change every day!
I am so excited to be a part of Thrive in its seventh year at UBC’s Vancouver campus, and you will find me out and about promoting ways to build positive mental health on campus November 2-6. This year, we are encouraging UBC staff, faculty and students to find ways to thrive 365 days throughout the year.
I hope that I have inspired you with some ideas for how you can incorporate ways to thrive into your life each day. Seven down, only 358 more to go!
Happy Thrive everyone!
All my best,
Challenge inspired by: Tap Into Your Creative Side With This 7-Day Challenge (http://greatist.com/)