It has been said that giving is good for you, as it strengthens bonds and evokes feelings of gratitude. It turns out laughing, crying, and hugging are really good for you too. Reducing stress and releasing endorphins, in science terms, all stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS: i.e., the “rest and digest” system; opposite of the “fight or flight” system). Activating the PSNS can do awesome things in your body like promote healing, build immunity, aid in digestion, and even lower blood pressure. Turns out all of these actions – giving, hugging, crying, and laughing – tend to happen with higher frequency around the HOLIDAYS! Don’t forget: all are important parts of social connection, human interaction, and family functions.
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I like to burn candles any time of year. I light a candle with intention to boost my own mood, to spiritually send out positive vibes to those in need, to remember loved ones who have passed. I enjoy beeswax candles for they are beautiful, smell like honey, give off a warm light and produce negative ions. In this case negative is a positive thing!Read More
Sure, we all become equipped with our own set of feelings that come during this time of year – it’s what makes us beautifully human. Fond sentiments arise that you may have always counted on, such as the solid foundations of a family tree. As well, some things you may complain about but secretly enjoy – it’s those small things that weave it all together into that crazy time we call “The Holidays!” I’d like to focus us on those time-honored traditions that get threaded through all of that. With a closer look at my own Christmas past, present, and future I found many patterns uniting my family and this life.Read More