Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.
THIS WEEK DAN AND I WILL CONTINUE ON THE SERIES; GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER. PLUS, CONTINUING ON THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
Let the week begin and step back; enjoy the week of Thanksgiving.
It is time to break that wishbone!
It is hard to believe that Thursday, Americans will continue to celebrate a holiday that originated all the way back in 1621.
Even though our current-day Thanksgiving feasts look a little different than what they served back then (cod, bass and porridge topped the menu), it is still a holiday that is remarkably close to our hearts.
Whether you spend Thursday gobbling up a big meal alongside your relatives, nestled around a fireplace with friends or sharing rich oral history that honors Indigenous people, it tends to circle back to a central theme: our loved ones.
Even though Thanksgiving gatherings can get a bit chaotic, it is important to take a few moments to pause and remember matters most.
There are so many ways you can weave Thanksgiving quotes into the day.
Make gratitude the main theme and write the quotes on place cards, a mini chalkboard or create a sign for the door that welcomes guests.
Use a meaningful family-centric quote as an Instagram caption for any siblings, cousins or grandparents who cannot celebrate with you.
Memorize a few funny quotes ahead of time and include them in your toast to lighten the mood.
No matter how you decide to observe Thursday, Thanksgiving is a reminder to recognize the blessings in our lives, and inspirational words do just that.
Continuing, GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER.
So, how does gratitude impact the mind and body?
Gratitude changes our body, too!
As we know, everything is connected.
So, it makes sense that a happier brain leads to improved physical health, especially in ways related to stress, like blood pressure and immune system function.
A study of 186 heart failure patients found that those who felt more grateful had lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers, less inflammation occurring throughout their bodies.
To further evaluate their results, the researchers asked some of the patients to keep a gratitude journal for 8 weeks.
Those who kept the journal experienced reductions in circulating levels of inflammatory biomarkers and reduced cardiac risk as compared to controls.
According to Dr. Robert A. Emmons, a leading expert on the science of gratitude, expressing gratitude has several other proven health benefits:
Twenty-three percent lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone)
A 25% reduction in dietary fat intake
Sixteen percent lower diastolic blood pressure and 10% lower systolic blood pressure
9-13% lower levels of Hemoglobin A1c, a key marker of glucose control that plays a significant role in the diagnosis of diabetes
Lower levels of creatinine, an indicator of the kidney’s ability to filter waste from the bloodstream
NOVEMBER 21st, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about November that is so significant during this month?
World Hello Day – November 21, 2022
World Hello Day is a secular unofficial holiday celebrated on November 21 by 180 countries to illustrate the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.
On this day, people are encouraged to participate by simply greeting ten people.
Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have noted World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.
Other supporters include almost one hundred authors, entertainers, and world leaders.
Remember to greet someone kindly on this day!
World Hello Day was originally created in 1973 by Arizona State University graduate Brian McCormack and Harvard graduate Michael McCormack as a direct response to the Arab Israeli war officially known as the Yom Kippur War.
Gathering all the money they had at the time, these two brothers bought postage and sent out letters to as many world leaders as they could and asked them to support this new holiday.
Within the first 12 months of their campaign, they received the support of over fifteen different countries.
In the last 42 years, they have managed to gather the support of an additional one hundred and sixty-five countries.
Today, this day is used by ordinary people, as well as world leaders; from all around the world to settle their differences with communication rather than conflict.
The McCormack brothers have also received dedicated support for their holiday from writers, entertainers, and Nobel Laureates from all over the globe.
The only real custom associated with World Hello Day is the practice of saying ‘hello’ to friends, families, and strangers.
People who want to celebrate this holiday should take the time to say hello to at least ten people they encounter throughout the day, particularly strangers.
People should also take the time to learn how to say hello in a couple of different languages and then put that into practice sometime during the day.
World Hello Day is an opportunity for everyone, all throughout the globe, to try at reaching out to one another, taking steps towards world peace.
The primary means to achieving this personal connection is by simply saying, ‘hello!”
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
WE CAN LAUGH ONLY RIGHT NOW AND HERE, BUT THROUGH MEMORY, WHILE VIEWING PHOTOGRAPHS, FOR EXAMPLE, WE CAN CONNECT WITH THE BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS OF PAST EVENTS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; SMELL
SMELL; TIME CYCLES AND RHYTHMS-
AROMATIC SKIN AND HAIR TREATS-
Dan and I will share in coming post great ideas for skin and hair treats; these are very quickly prepared and work well if applied for five to ten minutes as a treatment.
The ingredients are easy to assemble and are natural, with no harsh additives or chemicals to irritate your skin.
In addition, the essential oil combinations bring marvelous aromas and wonderful skin-rejuvenating properties into the recipes to enhance your complexion and uplift your spirits.
The blends suit dry, combination, and mature skins.
If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, use only half the stated number of drops of oils.
Are you ready to get started, stay tune tomorrow for; GERANIUM AND PETITGRAIN-OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
WORLD 🌎 CHANGES
Until Tuesday, thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.