l Build a culture of belonging where team members know it ’ s okay to ask for help . l Create a renewed feeling of purpose and trust within your team . l Discover proof that small acts of service can create a large-scale impact in your organization and community .
Pulse : ISPA presents the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award annually to an individual whose work encourages the renewal of mind , body , and spirit . We look forward to your acceptance of this award named in honor of a true spa champion and early ISPA president . When you reflect on a decade since depression rerouted your own
life ’ s journey , how much of your recovery came from dedicating yourself to championing the well-being of others ? BN : Helping others is one of the tools in my Mental Health Toolkit . It ’ s been such a meaningful part of my healing journey . When I feel down , I try to help someone else , and I forget about how low I feel . In other words , I stop thinking about myself and I start to think about someone else . This takes me out of my own head , and I also build a meaningful connection with someone else ( which boosts my wellbeing ).
I ’ m extremely grateful to be receiving this prestigious award and I am so very excited to share my story with ISPA . n
WHAT Ben LIKES TO DO
FAVORITE SPA TREATMENT ? Sauna and cold plunge , into a massage .
MOST UNEXPECTED BUCKET LIST ITEM FROM A STRANGER ? Say “ meow ” during a speech .
FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE ? If you think you ’ re too small to make an impact , try sleeping with a mosquito .
OTHER LISTS YOU LIKE TO KEEP ? Shows and movies to watch , restaurants to go to , places to travel , friends I care about and want to be intentional about spending time with , work to-dos , Big Ideas ... I keep lots of lists .
Best way to relax while on the road ? Work out and hit the spa in the hotel .
MOST INSPIRING LEADER OR PHILOSOPHER ? Dalai Lama .
THE THING MOST GUARANTEED TO INSPIRE YOU WHEN YOU ’ RE DISCOURAGED . A friend who believes in you and wants you to win .
BEST COMPLIMENT YOU ’ VE RECEIVED ? You smile with your eyes .
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