• The Art of Celebration

    In our busy lives, it seems we move from one accomplishment to the next to the next.  There is no pause for acknowledgement.  There is no pat on the back for success.


    Why are we so averse to slowing down and celebrating ourselves?  Celebrations can be positively life-affirming!  Here’s why celebrations are so important, and how you can more easily find those hidden moments of celebration in your everyday life.


    Why are celebrations important?

    Any celebration, big or small, is really about taking a beat to notice the good stuff in your life.  A celebration is actually important to your mental health, because it creates more meaning in your life:

    1. When you recognize what’s working well in one part of your life — your talents, abilities, skills, or persistence — you can replicate it in other parts of your life. Celebrating a “success mindset” motivates us to keep working toward our goals.
    2. Moments of celebration make us pause and be mindful, and that boosts our well-being. According to social psychology researcher, Fred Bryant, when we stop to celebrate the good stuff, we buffer ourselves against the bad, and that helps us build resilience.
    3. According to research led by Hadassah Littman-Ovadia, when we have something to look forward to that’s worth celebrating, we feel more optimistic. When we’re optimistic, we have a more positive mindset that permeates all aspects of our thinking.
    4. The process of “savoring” — noticing, appreciating, and celebrating positive experiences — increases feelings of self-worth and overall life satisfaction.


    Celebrate the moment in 3 simple steps

    Not every celebration needs to be marked with fireworks.  It’s easy to soak up the good vibes in every situation with these simple steps:

    1. Be on the look-out for “good”

    What is it that you are proud of?  What do you like about your life?  Don’t wait for someone else to tell you you did a great job.  Notice what gives you that little spring in your step.  It matters.

    1. Bookmark the moment in your memory

    Give that achievement, that satisfaction, that sacrifice, that milestone the spotlight it deserves.  Whatever you’re celebrating, set the moment apart by stepping out of your routine for just a few minutes to bookmark the moment in your memory.  It’s important.

    1. Take ACTION

    Even the smallest moments of happiness deserve a celebration.  So leap to your feet and make a toast, say a prayer, burst into song, hug yourself, or blow a kiss.  Bring the moment to life with a happy dance or high five that sends an explosion of dopamine to your brain.  You are worth it.


    How does OHI embrace “celebration”?

    If you hadn’t already guessed, OHI makes it a priority to practice celebration every day.  We invite guests to participate in celebrations that honor accomplishments, attributes, and talents in a safe environment of trust, honesty, laughter, and joy.  Rejoicing with others who are also on the journey towards optimum health makes every celebration that much more meaningful:

    Release Ceremony:  Our weekly release ceremony encourages guests to let go of barriers to their health.  As soon as you let go of something, you make room for so much more in your life.  This ceremony celebrates the courage it takes to let go, and embrace the new path you are about to embark on.

    Validation Group:  Sometimes it’s difficult to look in the mirror and acknowledge all the good in you when all you’re used to doing is focusing on faults.  When you’re part of our validation group, we celebrate and affirm each person’s positive gifts.  Hearing how others see you and value the whole you is quite a celebration, indeed.

    Inspirational Testimonials:  Time-and-again, guest say that sharing inspirational testimonials is one of the most life-affirming moments they have ever experienced.  In this sacred space, guests share details of their healing journey while at OHI.


    It can be easy to get caught up in the stresses of everyday life.  Taking time out to celebrate can be an important way to build connection, remind ourselves why we do what we do, and generate hope.  Every celebratory moment you discover cultivates a positive mindset, and suddenly it’s easy to see the good that exists all around you!


    At OHI, our entire program – including our classes, diet, and community fellowship – supports all dimensions of wellness. Remember, wellness is a life-long pursuit.  Strive for balance, control what you can (diet, exercise, stress), and surround yourself with supportive care for the rest of it.  May the changes you make to your wellness habits change your life for the better! Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.

  • Staff Spotlight: Meet Long-Time OHI Staff Member, Bertha Acevedo

    Bertha Acevedo has worked at OHI for more than half of her adult life.  WOW!  A 17-year veteran of OHI, Bertha first joined the staff on June 2005.  Prior to joining OHI, she worked in the hospitality field in a 600-room hotel.  “I liked helping people,” said Bertha, “but I felt like there was something missing.  When an opening became available at OHI, I jumped at it.  I wanted to learn more about holistic healing.”

    Bertha has filled many roles at OHI, and is currently a Community Care Manager.   “I work in various departments, such as the front desk, the Optimum Health Store, and the contact center,” said Bertha.  “After 17 years here, I’m a bit of a jack of all trades.  The one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is what I learned on the first day — EAT CLEAN.  I quickly introduced 80% fruits and vegetables into my diet, and I have felt better ever since.  I am grateful for the self-healing my body is now capable of.”

    Bertha seamlessly fit in with the guest service aspect of her position at OHI.  “I strive to accommodate every guest’s needs,” said Bertha.  “It is my honor to witness their wonderful transformations by the end of their stay.  I attend the circles and the release ceremony, where everyone really allows themselves to be open and vulnerable.  It is a beautiful, emotional moment that is unique to each person, but also surprisingly universal.  I have seen time and again that humans are all just trying their best, and if we validate them and support their efforts, it magnifies the growth they are able to achieve.  It’s so life-affirming.”

    Over the last 17 years, Bertha has attended every class on the OHI roster, but she does have her favorites.  “The two classes that have had the most impact on me are Emotional Detox and Self-Esteem,” said Bertha.  “The emotional-detox class teaches you how to feel, process, and understand the important role your emotions play in creating and maintaining health and well-being.  It all boils down to the healing power of forgiveness.  And the self-esteem class really digs into how self-esteem is formed, how low self-esteem can impact health, and how to build self-esteem for personal growth.  Both of those classes are so powerful for me.  It really helped build my confidence.”

    Working as part of the staff at OHI is a gift that comes with responsibility.  “I have discovered that my purpose in life is to help people heal,” said Bertha.  “Of course, I’m always helpful as part of the team working at the front desk and store.  But I have also been included in private moments where I prayed with guests.  Some have come back to share how they felt calm and peaceful after praying with me.  That is so meaningful for me.  I really do try to incorporate prayer, positive mental attitude, patience, and purpose into everything I do here.  It’s rewarding to know it’s been helpful for someone.”

    At OHI, guests are encouraged to practice a daily celebration to keep growing as a human being and make themselves more present.  “My daily celebration of choice is listening to motivational speakers,” said Bertha.  “Some speakers help me learn life skills.  And other speakers motivate me to become more connected to God.  Over the years I have learned to trust Him more, and I have come to use prayer to help me heal or unwind if I’m feeling stressed.  I also find great peace listening to guided meditations.  Just as healthy food nourishes my body, prayer and meditation help me to stay grounded and present.  I had a really wonderful spiritual upbringing that carries through my life to this day, and I can thank my mother for that.”

    Bertha has been indispensable to OHI over the last 17 years, and after all this time she has some really beautiful advice for guests. “Read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz,” said Bertha. “The book reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can transform your life, so you are open to embracing freedom, happiness, and love. The four agreements are so simple, yet so powerful: 1) Be impeccable with your word. 2) Don’t take anything personally. 3) Don’t make assumptions. 4) Always do your best. It all boils down to being honest, forgiving, non-judgmental, and hardworking. You think you are already doing those things, but until you really examine your life, you might be falling short. When you come to OHI, you’ll get the time and the space to really examine your life. Come to OHI. The journey to a better you is so rewarding.”

    Optimum Health Institute is here for you! We will motivate you to stick with your commitment to health and discover new ways to empower yourself. Explore the holistic healing program offered at OHI. This program offers three week-long sessions, where you will learn to cleanse the body, quiet the mind, and awaken the spirit.

    Call OHI at (800) 588-0809 or visit www.OptimumHealth.org today for more information.