As she gathers with family and friends this holiday season, LooHoo founder Cyndi Prince appreciates being able to fulfill her vision of improving the health and wellness of families.
Gratitude. It’s the greatest gift we can give ourselves.
But how do we remind ourselves? How do we prioritize the conscious decision to be count our many blessings regardless of where we are in our lives? Happiness and optimism are directly linked to gratitude, researchers agree, so yes, being thankful improves our health and well-being.
Cyndi Prince, founder of LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls, says she often stops herself during quiet moments to remind herself to be grateful, especially this time of year when personal and professional activities are pulling her in many directions. Early morning walks with her son stir images of what’s truly important in her life.
“To spend that quiet time with Graham with the crisp air, colors in the sunrise, witnessing the change of the season, it gets me thinking,” Cyndi says. “Often it happens after the chaos of the morning becomes silent. It happens when my son heads out the door to walk to school and my husband gets in his truck to head to work—that’s the moment when my heart swells with the love and gratitude I have for my family.”
On Sundays, the Prince clan spends part of their “family meeting” giving each other a compliment. They also share their blessings of the week.
At her local YMCA, where she teaches strength training classes, Cyndi feels especially thankful for the real-life connection to her community. It’s a special place buzzing with staff, members and dedicated students that’s unlike any other gym.
“I’m incredibly grateful every time I walk through the Y doors,” Cyndi says.
And in her home office, even amidst the busyness of the holidays and the piles of work stacked in front of her, Cyndi pauses.
“I take a moment to be grateful for all the sales and more importantly, I’m grateful for all of the people who love and appreciate our product, this object that I started making over nine years ago,” Cyndi says. “My team, my suppliers and all of the support I receive regularly from fellow entrepreneurs and mentors, I am ever so grateful.”