Health

What is health? Allow me a moment to reminisce about an introductory public health class I took in grad school almost ten years ago. We examined this question in a comprehensive way. Is health merely the absence of illness? The presence of wellness? What about external factors that influence one’s health? Ultimately, health is all of the above and more. …

Consciousness

Consciousness. The state of being conscious. The kids these days are using the word “woke” (did you just groan at me? I just groaned for using that word) to describe consciousness and, it’s not a wrong way to look at it. To keep it simple, let’s think of consciousness as being aware of one’s surroundings – external and internal. Often, …

Competence

Did you know there are eight separate definitions for the word competence? I didn’t; until I looked up the definition on dictionary.com. In case you’re just beginning to read the blog, I like to introduce our values by defining them because it ensures we understand each other. Vocabulary is valuable and the words we choose to write or say matter, …

Growth

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Or in the case of this bizarre, extended winter we are experiencing, perhaps we should modify that to say April snow showers bring May flowers? No matter how slow or fast the weather evolves, spring is often a time of renewal and rebirth for many people after a winter of dormancy. …

Ethics & Integrity

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” CS Lewis Do you agree with CS Lewis? Here at Greater Hartford Wellness, we strongly believe in maintaining ethics and integrity in all aspects of our lives. These concepts are closely related so let’s look at their individual definitions before diving into what they mean to us at Greater …

Simplicity

It is March and this month we are talking about simplicity.   “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci   What’s simplicity? The dictionary definition of simplicity is as follows: “the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded; lack of subtlety or penetration; freedom from pretense or guile; directness of expression.”   What does simplicity mean to us? At …

Compassionate

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama   What’s compassion? Compassion is the expression of sympathy, with warmth and care, for the suffering of others. Being compassionate is another top value at Greater Hartford Wellness.   What does being compassionate mean to us? We deeply care about our …

Accountability

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.” Bob Proctor, business author, speaker, coach, mentor and consultant.   What’s accountability? Just like many words derived from Latin, the definition of accountability is within the word itself. At its simplest, accountability is the state of being accountable, or, responsible for one’s actions. At Greater Hartford Wellness (GHW), accountability is …

Introducing Our Values

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” This quote about values is attributed to Roy Disney, businessman and nephew of Walt Disney.   Values are something we talk about a lot at Greater Hartford Wellness. But we don’t just talk about our values, we try to live them. Some of you may know that …