Laura Worth: (206) 463-9283
How the Gift of Gratitude Promotes
Health and Well-Being in the Vashon
December 10, 2009, Vashon, WA.
To celebrate entering their third year as a community wellness resource,
health and wellness professionals at VashonWellness.com have been sharing
their thoughts on the importance of cultivating gratitude to promote health
and happiness. They have also been talking about the special role
that gratitude plays in their own lives as well as ways to beat stress.
It’s been shown that helping others experience gratitude and a sense of
well-being is a cornerstone supporting successs and happiness. With
the perfect storm of economic pressure meeting typical holiday stress,
the gratitude antidote is especially valuable.
Vashon chiropractor, Dr. Thomas Basile
commented that “ Gratitude helps to keep you from bitterness, jealousy,
and anger because you are happy with your life and with what you have.”
In describing the role of gratitude in her own life, Rondi Lightmark, a
Vashon grief counselor explained, “It was an important lesson for me after
the death of my husband: to find a way to give thanks, even if I did not
know what blessing might be contained in the very hard experience of loss.”
For stress management, Vashon dance teacher, March Twisdale, recommends
“changing your focus! … and make sure to bring music into your
The 76-member VashonWellness.com is
in its third year of serving the Vashon community as a unique wellness
resource. The ad-free site includes a no-clutter, easy-to-navigate
directory of health and wellness practitioners with authoritative educational
links. Visitors to VashonWellness.com can find service descriptions,
photos of practitioners, contact information, and links to practitioner
Categories include Acupuncture to Yoga.
Some of the services include medical and dental, mental health and well
being, coaching, complementary and alternative medicine, body work and
fitness, youth care and other “community care” services, and more.
The site encourages gift certificates
in keeping with a growing movement to give high-quality, local “experiences.”
The site’s publisher, Laura Worth, commented
that, “building the site has been a rewarding eye-opener to Vashon’s rich
resources in the helping arts and the wisdom of so many of its practitioners.”
She adds that this has inspired her to plan a wellness blog and e-newsletter
for the coming year.
Worth continued, “Because we are Web-based,
we can continue to readily add members to our directory. Coupled
with the educational FAQ and links, this site expands the Vashon public’s
opportunities for informed health care choices.” Contact Laura Worth
at (206) 463-9283 or www.VashonWellness.com .
Laura Worth, MSW is the publisher
and editor of VashonWellness.com and other community-based web directories
for local health and wellness arts found at www.SoundWellnessCommunity.com
. She is a business and life coach on Vashon as well as a web developer.
Visit her at www.CoachWorth.com.