Tao of Inner Peace Newsletter
Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Seasonal Newsletter: Summer 2019
The Season of Light
Welcome to summer. Beneath all the commotion of rush hour traffic, the buzz of business, and the daily news are the many gifts of summer. Roses bloom, tomatoes are getting ripe, and long sunlit days are followed by the vibrant beauty of summer sunsets. 

The summer season brings more light, more time to spend outdoors, to “live close to nature,” letting our actions “flow from the heart” as the Tao Te Ching reminds us. We can enjoy picnics in the park, a day at the beach, hiking with a friend, quiet time cultivating our gardens or gazing at the bright summer sky.
By focusing on the beauty of the natural world, we can pause for a moment of gratitude that transforms the energies within and around us.

Psychologist Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis (2008), has found that gratitude makes us happier. Research has shown that gratitude can improve our physical health and serve as a protective factor against anxiety and depression (Hill, Allemand, & Roberts, 2013; Petrocchi, & Couyoumdjian, 2016). 

Gratitude enhances not only our own lives but the lives of the people around us. From research in quantum physics to studies in psychology, mindfulness , and neuroscience , we are now learning how profoundly our energies affect our world (Kabat-Zinn, & Davidson, 2011; Siegel, 2018). 
Here are some simple ways to add gratitude to your life this summer:

  • Pause for a moment in the midst of your busy days to focus on one thing you’re grateful for: enjoy the playful antics of your puppy, appreciate nature’s artistry, enjoying a walk in the woods, the fragrance of roses in your garden, or the beauty of a summer sunset.
  • Make it a point to connect with people and thank them--from family members to a helpful neighbor or the clerk at the store—reaching out with a simple expression of gratitude.
  • Read a book about gratitude like Robert Emmons’ Little Book of Gratitude (2016) or my friend Kevin Carroll’s book of reflections, A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude (2017).
  • End each day with a gratitude practice: think of three things you’re thankful for. You may even choose to record these reflections in a gratitude journal.

During this golden summer season, a gratitude practice will not only enhance your life but ripple out to touch the hearts of people around you, bringing more light to the world.
References

Carroll, K. (2017). A moment’s pause for gratitude. Carlsbad, CA: Balboa Press.

Emmons, R. A. (2008). Thanks: How practicing gratitude can make you happier. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin.

Emmons, R. A. (2016). The little book of gratitude: Create a life of happiness and wellbeing by giving thanks. New York, NY: Hachette.

Hill, P. L., Allemand, M., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). Examining the pathways between gratitude and self-rated physical health across adulthood.  Personality and individual differences 54 (1), 92-96.

Kabat-Zinn,J., & Davidson, R. J. (Eds.) (2011). The mind’s own physician. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Petrocchi, N., & Couyoumdjian, A. (2016). The impact of gratitude on depression and anxiety: the mediating role of criticizing, attacking, and reassuring the self.  Self and Identity 15 (2), 191-205.

Siegel, D. J. (2018). Aware: The science and practice of presence. The groundbreaking meditation practice. New York, NY: Tarcher Perigee.
Free Coaching Available

Are you looking for the light of greater possibility this summer? As a gratitude practice, I’m offering two free positive psychology coaching sessions to the first person who contacts me at this link .
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.   
 
Certifications
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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Diane Dreher, PhD, MA, ACC, CMC
Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC
© Diane Dreher 2018