Morgan Austin – Copy Editor
On October 3, wellness coach and speaker Tom Kens spoke to an audience of Lasell students and faculty in deWitt Hall. His speech, titled “Step Into A Positive Future,” focused on the importance of being optimistic in life by being grateful, setting goals, and letting go of past trials.
“I wouldn’t consider myself a motivational speaker…I’m here to spark something,” said Kens. He described himself as a normal person who as an engineer that “builds bridges by day [and] bodies by night.” He was motivated to become a wellness coach and speaker three years ago when he started living a healthier lifestyle. He began his wellness career speaking at colleges, libraries, and churches.
Kens came to Lasell with the intent of teaching his audience how to reprogram their brains from automatically thinking negative thoughts to implementing good thoughts into the subconscious. “This is pretty much positive thinking 101,” said Kens. “We want to see more goodness in the world.” Appreciating the ordinary, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet, giving random compliments, and learning to forgive are some of the ways Kens suggested that will lead to a healthy life, mentally and physically.
Keeping a log of things to be grate- ful for, such as virtues, actions, random thoughts, and future goals, was another of Kens’ tips. “There’s something about writing things down that makes it more powerful,” said Kens. He also advised writing about problems to help with forgiving and letting go of the past.
Toward the end of his speech, Kens gave his audience ten tips on staying positive. His guidance included getting “positive bling,” like pictures of family, friends, inspirational photos, and quotes; relaxing and breathing; showing gratitude; stop worrying; learning to laugh at yourself; removing yourself from bad situations; and spending time with positive people.
Kens recommended that a good way to build a better future is to get involved in the community, such as joining Lasell’s Center for Community Based Learning and participating in the service learning trips. “The same hands you used to cry out, ‘Why me?’ are the same hands you’ll use to help out others,” said Kens.