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Channeling the Power of Positivity Through Our Grateful Challenge
Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 21, 2017 by Brittany Raine

Channeling the Power of Positivity Through Our Grateful Challenge

Personal Growth
Meditation
Perspective

It's already November (where did 2017 go?), and with what feels like a to-do list a mile long, we thought this time of year would be the perfect opportunity to stop, take a break, and count our blessings. With that in mind, I compiled a list of “activities” to challenge myself, my acquaintances—and anyone reading this—to focus on the power of gratitude through 14 actions.

My list was created in hopes each item might spread a little extra positivity in someone's day (yourself included!). Whether it's before a morning meeting, at the gym, or as you are getting ready for bed, the exercises below can have the potential to set a mindful, positive tone during any day—and hopefully in the months ahead!

1. Pen Pals: Handwrite a postcard to a faraway friend that you haven't talked to in a while and tell them why you miss them.

2. Pillow Talk: Before bed, write down one thing you are thankful for from the day, including a motivational word of choice. Tape it to your mirror for the morning.

3. No Bad Words: Go without saying anything negative about yourself for one day.

4. Ring, Ring: Pick up the phone and give a close family member a call just to say “I love you.”

5. Extra Admiration: After your next group fitness class, high-five someone who did a great job and let them know how they motivated you to work harder.

6. Making Moves: When you're alone, take that one song that always makes you smile, turn it up and just dance it out.

7. Post It: Handwrite a positive quote or lyric you love, take a picture and post it, unfiltered, to your social media accounts.

8. Baker’s Dozen: Surprise someone who has been there for you recently with a homemade treat, like these delicious Chocolate-dipped Clementines.

9. Say Cheese: Take a picture of yourself and say—out loud—four things you love about you.

10. Take a Break: Surprise a co-worker that you don't talk to a lot and ask them if they want to grab a midday coffee or tea. Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?

11. Goal Getter: Write down one thing you truly want to accomplish in 2018, stick it in an old picture frame, and place it somewhere where you will regularly remind yourself of your goal.

12. Sun Seeker: Pick an early evening where you go to a quiet spot somewhere outside to watch the sunset alone. As the sun dips down below the horizon, describe the view out loud in one word.

13. Hey There: While checking out at the store or paying your restaurant bill, take a moment to compliment the person serving you instead of rushing out the door.

14. Trip Down Memory Lane: Dig up one of your favorite childhood photos and reminisce about what made that memory so special. If you can, text or call the person(s) you experienced it with and tell them why it was so great.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
healthy travel tips
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 17, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling

Travel
Food
Drink

There’s nothing better than being out of office, but honestly, airports are where all your healthy habits go to die. Whether it’s waiting in stressful security lines or a plethora of fast food spots next to your gate, traveling takes a toll on your body. 

Once you’re off the tarmac and in the air, it can be easy to forget those pesky habits that can help to keep your body balanced. While you are on vacation and should live it up a little, here are a few tips that help me stay healthy when I’m on vacation. 

Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

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Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

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Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

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Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

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Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.