Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives  
November 2014


A couple of weeks ago, a cold snap blanketed my garden with ice. I had just planted some pansies in my planters and was sad to see them shriveled up and gray. I did not think they would survive. But, much to my surprise, as soon as the temperature crept beyond freezing, the pansies sprung from their winter slumber to bloom again. Every time I see the pansies, I am filled with gratitude for reminding me that inherent in each of us is the resilience to survive and thrive.  


As we gather with our friends and family to celebrate thanksgiving, I invite you to take a few minutes to offer gratitude for the many blessings in your life. Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don't. To learn how to cultivate the healing power of gratitude, please click here... 


Wishing you wellness, 


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
Founder & President, ASHA International
Gayathri Signature
Want to be happy? Be grateful.

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.
David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful
David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful


by Gayathri Ramprasad


"This is not just a book for advocates of global mental health; it is a book for anyone who cares about human suffering and justice, and should serve as a call to arms for them to join the movement to achieve a better life for those living with mental illness today."


Vikram Patel

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; the Public Health Foundation of India; and Sangath 

Shadows in the Sun is now available at
Hazelden,Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Powell's Books and other major bookstores in print and e-books.
 To see the book trailer, read an excerpt, and reviews, please  click here...   


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, is not a doctor, therapist or health care professional. She is a mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The information shared in this E-mail is for general information purposes only and therefore not intended to replace the medical advice afforded by physicians or other healthcare professionals.   

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In This Issue
Want to be happy? Be grateful.
Real People, Real Recovery
Upcoming Events
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience

Sherry Joiner


Earlier this year, my best friend Julie, introduced me to Sherry Joiner, an artist, author and mental health advocate. The more I get to know this petite dynamo, the more I am in awe of her resilience in overcoming many a trauma including schizoaffective disorder.  Learn more...  
Upcoming Events:  


December 6, 2014

Grit & Grace: The Science & Art of Personal Transformation 

Wellness Workshop & Book Signing by Gayathri Ramprasad

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134


December 18, 2014

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by the Schizophrenia Awareness Association 

Pune, India   


December 19, 2014

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by the Institute of Psychological Health 

Thane, India

December 21, 2014

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by Sangath 

Goa, India


December 29, 2014

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by Banjara Academy and FACEMi 

Bangalore, India


January 2, 2015

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by Public Health Foundation of India 

Delhi, India


January 6, 2015

Shadows in the Sun - Book launch and discussion hosted by Hymamshu Jyothi Kalapeetha 

Bangalore, India



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