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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 21

As we continue to prepare for the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we want to recall the inner strengths that have propelled us to this point. Along with our previously stated commitment to self, family and community, we may find it enhancing to think about those things and people that we are grateful for. The upcoming months will offer new challenges in regards to school openings, continuation of the pandemic, the impending flu season and the upcoming elections. Focusing on the expression of what we appreciate and what we are thankful for can foster our physical and psychological health. The spontaneous emotion of gratitude can unlock the excitement of living. Thinking about what gifts we have in our lives, and being grateful for them, can also boost our sense of happiness. Gratitude turns what we have into enough and strengthens our valued relationships.


Key Takeaways

  • Our inner strengths have propelled us to this point.

  • Formidable events will continue to impact us.

  • A sense of gratitude can be a life-line during these times.

Best Practices

  • Think of inspiring people that you know or have learned about.

  • Be grateful for the community of many who bring food to our tables.

  • Write thank-you notes.

Things to Limit

  • Ingratitude.

  • Screen time.

  • Focusing on the shortcomings of others.


Quote of the Week

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~ Melody Beattie


Realizing that each day is a gift and that we give it its unique qualities, is liberating. Especially during these times, when one can experience loss and frustration, we can focus on what specialness and inestimable qualities each of us possess.

Be well,

Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

If you would like to get copies of The ZONE that you may have missed or if you know someone that would like to start receiving The ZONE, please signup today... It's free and you can unsubscribe anytime.

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