I had the good fortune to start my day today at a Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network breakfast featuring columnist and best selling author Suzy Welch. Suzy is promoting her new book “10-10-10”. She started her speech by talking about two activities she does each day that help her stay centered.

The first is she makes a list of people to thank. Saying ‘thank you’ is a wonderful way to show gratitude to the people in your life that you care about and who support you. Thanks for this tip Suzy, I’m definitely going to incorporate it into my life.

The second is to do one thing that is healthy for you and that makes you happy. She related that having grown up in an Italian family there were many martyrs. With the many roles we play – mother, daughter, sister, friend, businessperson, volunteer, care giver – it is easy to forget about ourselves.

I totally agree with Suzy that we all need to incorporate things in our day that are good for our health and make us happy. The place I disagree is that it is only ‘one thing’. One is a great place to start, but it is not enough. If we aren’t doing things that keep us healthy and make us happy, how can we be there for anyone else? These don’t have to be big things, but they have to be meaningful. Building small rituals into our day that provide the healthy/happy experiences provide the energy for us to get through our hectic days. It can be a mindfulness break to take a few deep breaths, a short walk at lunchtime with a colleague or the dog (if you work at home), doing a small act of kindness for another person, or making healthy food choices.

I’d challenge you to build rituals of many healthy things you can do each day to keep yourself centered, focused and looking after the most important part of you – your health.