We can enjoy the traditional smells of the holiday season such as cinnamon, orange, and pine naturally, or by utilizing essential oils.
Whatever the fragrance source, since our sense of smell is directly wired into to our brain, the aromas we breathe in have a powerful effect on our nervous system, memory, and mood.
Fortunately, many traditional scents of the holiday season stimulate the mind, lift our mood, and soothe away tension …
Almost all of us have one time or another said, “I’m bored.” This may mean we are doing something incredibly dull, or are at loose ends and can find nothing of interest to occupy us.
We may feel relaxed, restless, uncertain, withdrawn, or motivated to move on, but what we tell ourselves is, “I’m bored.”
However, because of the work of some scientists—curious humans who love to examine and categorize things—different types of boredom have been identified. Now, anyone so inclined can be specific about their boredom, calling it by its scientific name. Fortunately, the names are not in Latin …
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Couples have always experienced disagreement and conflict, but only in the past few years have they been able to argue via texting.
It seems many couples use text messages to address their differences but, according to researchers, this may cause people in committed relationships to disconnect …
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One way to relieve depression is experiencing simple pleasures that are easy to access or implement so they are not overwhelming.
Enjoying a simple, taste bud tantalizing pumpkin granola parfait, for instance, may help bring a smile to your face—and nourish your body. Pumpkin is low in calories, loaded with vitamin A, full of fiber, antioxidants, and beta-carotene.
But, before the revealing the parfait recipe, a few words about holiday cheer . . .
Ring Around the Sun
From New Zealand’s Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park a glorious halo circled the sun over the snowcapped and cloud-shrouded mountains of the rugged Southern Alps.
Such beautiful celestial displays occur when tiny ice crystals form in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and refract and reflect sunlight in a ring 44 degrees across. - Dennis Mammana
Expressing gratitude helps us enjoy the richness of life available to us now instead of waiting to feel satisfied later when our outstanding needs and wants are met. Receiving gratitude lets us know we are appreciated.
Most of us have experienced the benefits of expressing and receiving gratitude, and need no statistical proof of its effectiveness.
However, scientists—being scientists—have been busy quantifying the blessings of gratitude. Here is a sample of their findings …
Delayed gratification often involves turning down a smaller reward now to get a more substantial or enduring reward later.
Though it sounds like a no-brainer to wait for something better, it is not always easy to resist the temptation of an immediate reward. For instance, many of us would gladly take 20 dollars offered to us today instead of waiting three months to receive 30 dollars.
An interesting research study has revealed that spending time outdoors, or looking at natural landscapes, actually helps people curb their impulses—delay gratification—and make decisions with an eye to the future. The influence of nature might make waiting three months for an extra ten bucks seem worthwhile.
When stress settles into our muscles as tension, using a progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) technique can help us return our body to a calm state.
PMR is a simple two-step process of alternately tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in the body. It can be done sitting in an office chair, when commuting by train, or bus, or while lying in bed . . .
For those who live where there are distinct seasonal changes, autumn can be a bittersweet time of year. The colorful leaves are beautiful, but they soon fall away as the hours of daylight diminish. While this can trigger feelings of loss and sadness, it can also inspire us to participate in nature’s process of change and renewal . . .
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