The Spark Newsletter: Carve Out Time for Thanks

The Spark Newsletter: Carve Out Time for Thanks

Carve Out Time For Thanks

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My name is Casey Hersch. I am a licensed clinical social worker and founder of LightYourSparkle.Life. As many of you know, I live with autoimmune

illnesses and have a history of childhood trauma, which are my inspirations for the Light Your Sparkle community.

 

During this season of thanks, we are more aware of our gratitude lists and how much our loved ones mean to us. We feel closer to our families and more connected to our memories through sharing and reminiscing. However, carving out time for thanks is an action we can all benefit from doing every day. Our physical and mental health and our relationships will thank us when we do. 


Be Thankful For Your Uniqueness

How different would our days feel if we started them by giving thanks for our personal gifts? I know I focus on what I do not like about myself way more than what I do like about myself. It turns out that when we are kind to others and to ourselves, our mental health improves. Our health responds to positive self-talk. When was the last time you looked into the mirror and noticed your brown eyes or nice curves. When did you compliment yourself for a job well done, overcoming a personal barrier, or making someone's day?

Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation show the power of kindess and acceptance in this video with youths. Despite whatever these young persons are going through, trauma and otherwise, they speak about the healing power of kindess above all other interventions.  


Be Thankful Everyday!

  

People who give thanks for the blessings in their lives before they start their busy days are happier and healthier. It is easy to focus on what we don't have or our personal deficits. But when we focus on the things we do have, we set a healthy intention for the day and invite endles positive possibilities. 


Finding Thanks Despite Adversity

Sometimes we plow through life so quickly we don't realize the amazing hurdles we just overcame. Recently my husband went through a terrible health crisis: Kidney stones. As he passed those stones, I passed through some personal barriers, too. When I look closely, I find personal victories I should be thankful for every day. This Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks to my loved ones and material wealths, but also to myself for my courage and ability to cultivate resilience despite adversity. 


 

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