The great English writer, poet and philosopher, G. K. Chesterton said …

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

At this time of the year with Thanks Giving being celebrated in North America and the festive season for many around the world being only a month away, life is hectic.

With a hectic life style for so many people come added responsibility, and survey after survey tells us that personal stress can be at a peak at this time of the year for the majority of the population.

In attempting to ‘please’ so many different people,stress levels can escalate, and our cortisol levels can get way out of control.


This Weeks Video…

The Caring Hand – Dr Judy Hinwood

All people possess the capacity to act consciously in ways that show their gratitude to others for what they have done for them.

A University of California study found that contemplating what you’re grateful for reduces your cortisol level by an average 23%. The study found that those who cultivated ‘an attitude of gratitude’ had improved mood, energy, decreased stress and much less anxiety.

Engaging in random acts of kindness at this time of year can not only lower your own stress, but also the stress being felt by the receiver. The ‘happy hormones’ that are secreted by both parties can bring instant change and greatly enhance well being.

Today I am grateful for all those who act, in big and small ways, to shine a light and eliminate the darkness for those people in the world around them.

The Stress Management Institute® conducts training for those individuals who wish to become a qualified Stress Management Practitioner or Stress Management Facilitator and in 2018 we are launching a new short course, the Stress to Strength System Advocate. We invite you to embark on one of these exciting career courses for supporting people who are struggling to cope with stress. If you are looking for a career change, or you wish to add a Stress Management and Emotional Resilience specialty to your current career, please call us on +61 1 300 663 979 or email

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