One Thing You Must Do Daily for Your Mental & Spiritual Health

I have to make a confession. I’m guilty of this too. I’m a work-a-holic and social media maniac.

How many of you are guilty of being on your phone/iPad/computer when you shouldn’t? It’s hard to resist overworking and social media madness because when you do something that you absolutely love — your passion work — it doesn’t feel like work. I just want to climb Kilamanjaro and yell, “Go Inspire Go (GIG)!”

One of my best friends, Yasmine Farazian made me realize that I was becoming a work-a-holic. She single-highhandedly inspired me to unplug and be more present by forcing me to get off my computer. Literally. One day, I had Yasmine and few friends over for dinner. It was about 7 p.m. and I was still plugging away on my computer. She said, “No more. You’re always working.” And she politely, but firmly, pushed my MacBook screen closed with her perfectly painted pretty phalanges.

Since then, I’ve tried — operative word being “tried” — to consciously be as present as possible when doing my GIG work. I don’t always succeed, but I try. I live in San Francisco, one of the most postcard(esque) places in the world. Everywhere you turn, there’s what I like to call a “postcard-worthy” snapshot. I try not to be on my cell phone, checking emails or Facebook. I admit, I fail miserably when there’s a scene or shot I want to share with the world through my lens via Instagram. (That’s excusable right? After all, like my Momma told me, “Sharing is caring!”)

So in the spirit of being present while going to and fro, I want to introduce our latest GIG Spark. Melissa Cheng produced our latest Go Inspire Go’s GIG Spark (Youth Lesson on Compassion Program) in San Francisco.

Her goal: To inspire you to be more conscious, present and aware of the beauty that surrounds you.

So please remember: It only takes a few seconds everyday to stop, take a mental snapshot of something beautiful that surrounds you and be grateful. You will be mentally, physically and spiritually thankful you did. Don’t have any images that inspire you? Check out my Instagram & Pinterest posts for some beautiful pictures that inspire me!

We hope this video inspires you to do something nice for someone in need in your community in the next 24 hours.

Gigster: Melissa Cheng
Where: San Francisco
Spark: Stop and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you
Your Turn: What thoughtful deed can you do to help others in need? Do it and share it in the comments section below.
Feeling inspired? Make your own GIG SPARK. Here’s how:

As part of GIG’s mission to inspire our viewers to discover their power, we developed GIG Spark: A Lesson on Compassion. The goal is to spark action in everyone that witnesses your good deed. We want you to identify a problem in your community and be the change by capturing your action in a short 1-1:30 minute video. Use your passion and creativity to produce a GIG Spark and inspire viewers with your story! What can YOU do?


  1. Sometimes someone's need is completely obscure to others and sometimes just by smiling at them, or wishing them a beautiful blessed day, we are filling a great need! A few weeks ago, I made a comment to a complete stranger about how beautiful something was that she was wearing and that she looked radiant in it. Her reply was to tell me that my words had made her otherwise "difficult day", beautiful!
    We sometimes forget how simple the intention of taking time to see the beauty around us in nature and in others truly is! Many may notice things, but fail to give a kind word, or helping hand to another. Taking time to reflect, and taking time to help others doesn't always have to be a grand gesture or time commitment. Sometimes the simplest gesture has the grandest outcome for both the other person and yourself!!!