Digital Detox: 24 hours offline

digital detox, noun “a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.” -www.dictionary.com   In a world where people look at their phone an average of 30 times a day, … Continue reading Digital Detox: 24 hours offline

The science behind gratitude: depression and relationships

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward In some of my previous posts I looked at the effect of gratitude on sleep, physical health and well-being. These are just a few of the many benefits that have been ascribed to practicing gratitude. Here is … Continue reading The science behind gratitude: depression and relationships

The science behind gratitude: physical health

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar Today is all about the effects of gratitude on our physical health as November, my month of gratitude, draws to an end. The problem … Continue reading The science behind gratitude: physical health

The science behind gratitude: well-being

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson   During the last weeks of the gratitude challenge I have been doing, I never stopped … Continue reading The science behind gratitude: well-being

Is It Time for Us to Rethink How We Give Gifts? — Becoming Minimalist

“Twenty-five years ago, Christmas was not the burden that it is now. There was less haggling and weighing, less quid pro quo, less fatigue of body, less wearing of soul; and, most of all, there was less loading up with trash.” —Meredith Deland in Harper’s Bazaar, 1904 Giving gifts is an expression of love, and it… … Continue reading Is It Time for Us to Rethink How We Give Gifts? — Becoming Minimalist

The science behind gratitude: sleep

“Count your blessings (instead of sheep)”- Irving Berlin As part of the 30 day gratitude challenge I have been doing this month I have been reading up on the positive effects of gratitude, starting with the effects on sleep. Research suggests that writing down the things we are grateful for before going to bed helps … Continue reading The science behind gratitude: sleep