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November 28th, 2017

Get SMART

By Bridget - Health & Wellness Coach

Overall in life, how do you want to feel? “Happy” is one of the top responses people say to describe how they want to feel in life. You have probably heard or experienced that happiness can be a rather fleeting feeling. However, what if there were ways that we could experience happiness more often no matter our circumstances? What if we could change our mindsets to perceive our lives with heightened gratitude and a resilient outlook? It would be life-changing!

The good news is that DAHLC’s Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) has scientifically proven that SMART improves people’s happiness! Health & Wellness Coach, Bridget Berkland, and colleagues recently published an article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes entitled, A Worksite Wellness Intervention: Improving Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Gratitude in Health Care Workers. The 98 DAHLC members who completed SMART reported improvements in the following areas: stress, life satisfaction, gratitude, mindfulness, spirituality and happiness.

We all strive to find happiness and fulfillment in both the workplace and at home. Therefore, learning ways to cope with life’s stressors and find harmony as we juggle our many responsibilities in life is extremely beneficial for our health and well-being. Happiness in the workplace is associated with improving employee well-being, engagement and decreasing stress, which are all factors that Mayo Clinic values in its workforce. If you are interested in the benefits of improving your happiness, register for SMART. You can register for the next session beginning Tuesday, Dec. 19, and the program runs from Jan. 9 thru Apr. 3. Direct questions to Bridget.

Some practical tips you will learn more about in the SMART program include:

  1. Living in the present moment
  2. Practicing “focused attention” in order to increase mindfulness and gratitude
  3. Learning about forgiveness and how to apply it both to yourself and to others
  4. Decreasing overall stress in your life by applying the SMART principles (gratitude, compassion, acceptance, higher meaning and forgiveness)

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