Last month, Gioia hosted a Health Fair wellness booth at Prince George’s County Community College where she counsels young college students.  Being an art therapist, she wanted to do something interactive with art materials but she knew that most of the people stopping by the booth wouldn’t have a lot of time.  She came up with an idea to do an Affirmation Wall–asking …

11/18 Gratitude Affirmations Click to Read Post »

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Annie Appreciations

July 2018 Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, reappears this month as the subject of our summer “Youth Series”. Similar to last month’s theme, “Attending to the Good “, which is designed to bring conscious focus to what is functioning in and around us, this month she reflected on an exercise called “Appreciating Small Things.” The instructions for this directive are …

07/18 42 Small Things That Had a Positive Impact Click to Read Post »

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Happy Holidays!  Just a brief note to wish you all the joys of the season and to thank you for contributing so much joy and sense of connection to our loves.  We are so grateful and appreciative. Know that we are sending you virtual hugs this holiday season.  Here’s hoping that you have some time for reflection, connection and joy …

12/19 Happy New Year! Click to Read Post »

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When we work with people in substance abuse recovery, we focus on identifying positive emotions they’d want to experience if their recovery from addiction goes as well as it possibly could. Using this “fake it ’til you make it” approach allows people the opportunity to imagine, and act “as if”, their ideal life was a reality. In this process, they …

04-15 Low-Key Joy Click to Read Post »

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie Gioia and I frequently open workshops with a simple exercise “Think of three things that went well this morning or three things for which you are …

08/13 Three Things That Went Well This Morning Click to Read Post »

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