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SHINE FROM WITHIN
Tapping inner resources using the Nurtured Heart Approach®
About SHINE FROM WITHIN
Each of us has unique inner gifts to share with the world. I want to:
  • inspire educators, parents and other caregivers
  • celebrate inner resources, and
  • share the journey of learning and living the Nurtured Heart Approach®.
Our seasonal and ongoing attention to gratitude reinforces our NHA practice. In this issue I've pulled ideas from a variety of sources to reinforce your focus on appreciation and gratitude.
Included below are nuggets and resources useful to any NHA® practitioner. This is NOT a substitute for NHA training. Subscribe now!

Ta-Da!
Rather than To-Do...

Let's address the tendency to bemoan what isn’t checked off the to-do list at the end of the day. Flip to ta-da! and celebrate the clarity you establish by stating goals and striving to meet them (STAND 3). Reset away from complaints about what didn’t get done (STAND 1) and acknowledge the progress, babysteps and relationship forged with yourself and others based on the choices you made (STAND 2) and what was accomplished. You get to choose.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched.
They must be felt
with the heart.

~ Helen Keller

Grateful for Gratitude

Neuroscientists have proven that when a person experiences the sensation of gratitude, the networks in the brain associated with understanding others’ perspectives and cultivating empathy are activated.

Being thankful is scientifically shown to augment mental health and overall wellness contributing to:
  • Increased Attention
  • Boosts in Mood
  • More Energy
  • Connectedness
  • Optimism
  • Improved Sleep Quality
  • Stronger Metabolism
  • Mental Strength
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou
Please, receive compliments and breathe in your strengths. Work to accept recognition, especially when your default might be to deflect.

A few gratitude practices...

  • Start a gratitude journal; list three or more thoughts about gratitude once a day.
     
  • Use rituals as reasons to privately recognize the people and things for which you are grateful (while brushing teeth, when your phone dings, every time you hear a siren, as you bump into trinkets and notes you intentionally place to support your practice).
  • Make gratitude part of your meal time routine.
     
  • Pick any four letter word and identify something you appreciate that begins with each letter (see samples below).
These are not poems! Just a simple way to pause and appreciate the world around you. Choose a four letter word in this newsletter and try it now!
 
PICK   FOUR   WORD
Peace 
Imagination
Color
Kindness
      Friendship
Outdoors
Upcoming events
Reading
     Weekends
Organization - being able to find things
Rest - good sleep
Dad’s playful spirit
Upcoming Events

December 12, 2018, 6:00-7:30
Heroes Meeting     register via webpage here
Stoner Prairie Elementary School, Fitchburg
January 30, February 6 and February 13, 2019, 6:00-7:30
NHA Introductory Workshop offered through the Verona Area School District Community Education $75 or $100 for a couple includes a copy of Transforming the Intense Child Workbook.

Save the date!
February 2, 2019, 10:00-3:00, NHA Trainer Retreat Fitchburg Public Library
April 6, 2019, 8:00-4:00, NHA Full-day Workshop  Ripon School District

Please contact me for details!
I send limited emails.
If you have not done so already, please add
Paula Wick shinefromwithinconsulting@gmail.com
to your email contacts.
 
The Nurtured Heart Approach is copyrighted material belonging to Howard Glasser and the Children's Success Foundation.
As stated above, the material in this newsletter is not a substitute for NHA training.
Copyright © Paula Wick, PhD. 2018 SHINE FROM WITHIN CONSULTING, All rights reserved.


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