ASDA's monthly Wellness Challenges invite you to change or take on a behavior in a way that will positively affect your well-being. The November challenge focuses on improving your emotional well-being by practicing gratitude.
Research demonstrates that expressing gratitude can make a remarkable impact on your quality of life and emotional wellness. People who practice gratitude have been found to have higher self-esteem and empathy, reduced aggression and increased resilience.
It’s really as simple as taking a few minutes each day to reflect on something positive in your life. Focus on what you have instead of what’s missing. Celebrate small victories, and people or things that make you smile.
This is your challenge for the month of November: make note of one thing that you’re grateful for each day. The form your gratitude journal takes is up to you: on paper or digital, a 30-day calendar or a series of Instagram posts. Make your gratitude calendar public, if you choose, by posting on social media every day with #ASDAgratitude and #BeWellASDA. Or keep it for private, but hold yourself accountable to write something each day. At the end of the month, you’ll have 30 reminders of the good things in your life — and a more positive state of mind.
Read more about emotional wellness (https://www.asdanet.org/index/dental-student-resources/health-and-wellness/five-dimensions-of-wellness#emotional) and the health benefits of gratitude (https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude).
Step 1: RSVP to this event to indicate your intent to participate.
Step 2: Write down one thing you’re thankful for each day in November. At the end of the month, save that list somewhere where you can refer to it when you need a shot of optimism.
Step 3: Share your experience on social media using #BeWellASDA.