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Seasonal Newsletter: Winter 2018

Deep Creativity Newsletter
Winter: The Gift That Costs Nothing. . .But Transforms Everything
In this holiday season, too many of us find ourselves stressed and frustrated by long lines, crowded parking lots, getting stuck in traffic, or spending hours shopping online. We rush through our days, struggling to complete our holiday tasks, trying to find the right gift.

Yet there’s one gift that costs nothing but transforms everything. And it’s not available online. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson’s research has found that sharing “micro-moments” of connection with another person can relieve our stress , raise our mood, and reduce inflammation, improving the physical and emotional health of both giver and receiver.
These heartfelt connections take only a moment and can be shared not only with close friends and family but anyone you encounter each day from the clerk at the store to the next person in line. A simple smile, eye contact, presence, perhaps a kind word—that’s all it takes.

This simple gift  can  make a major difference. We can begin healing the stress and anxiety in ourselves and our world by reaching out to connect to the people around us-- one micro-moment at a time.

What about you?

The next time you find yourself rushing, stop. Remember the gift. Take a deep, mindful breath and connect with someone around you with a smile, a kind word, or unspoken blessing.

Each day you can challenge yourself to share the gift in three micro-moments of connection with:

  • friends and family,
  • neighbors,
  • coworkers,
  • the clerk at the grocery store, or
  • anyone else you see.

Then notice how you feel and what a difference it makes.

I wish you many heartwarming gifts in this holiday season and throughout the new year.

Resources: 

Fredrickson, B. (2013).  Love 2.0: How our supreme emotion affects everything we feel, think, do, and become. New York, NY: Hudson Street Press. See her short video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxxIh8NtGfw

Umberson, D., Montez, J. K. (2010).Social relationships and health: A flashpoint for health policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 51 (1). S54 - S66.
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About Diane
I am a positive psychology coach, researcher, and best-selling author. My books include  The Tao of Inner Peace The Tao of Personal Leadership The Tao of Womanhood Inner Gardening:   A Seasonal Path to Inner Peace , and  Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life’s   True Calling .

My coaching uses the latest research in positive psychology, mindful listening, powerful questions, and other creative techniques to help people like you overcome roadblocks, achieve your goals, and discover greater joy and meaning in life.   
 
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I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a member of the  International Coach Federation   (ICF) a leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. 

I am also a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) with the internationally recognized coach training community  MentorCoach LLC.
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