3The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success. It seems like another shade of mindfulness that focuses on unity, relationships, and harmony. It is called Nunchi. If you have ‘quick’ nunchi, that means you are skilled at sizing up people and their needs. It comes in handy when you are at a wonderful dinner party, and the host now wants everyone to go home.
4Gifts to Thrive By: The Gifts Celebrities and Well-being Experts Are Giving and Getting This Year. “The ultimate holiday wish list for self-care, stress relief, and a happy, healthy New Year.” Instead of giving something that will collect dust or make you fat, some healthy gift ideas. Favorites on the list were giving a retreat or spa treatment, calming candles, and sending a flower of the month.
5Bill Gates’ 5 Secrets To Happiness Are Surprisingly Affordable. His pearls of wisdom come down to this: One, ditch your twenty-year-old self and talk to your future self. Two, follow through on your commitments. I totally agree with this one. Three, give to others. This one too! Four, do more exercise. Of course, this one. Five, put love first. Absolutely!!
6Here’s What Happened When I Complimented Everyone I Met for an Entire Day. Ever thought of doing a ‘Compliment Challenge?’ This article gives some useful guidelines. I make a point of complimenting people I know as well as random strangers for the very reason mentioned in this article. We do not praise others enough, and it is important. It is uplifting. It makes them feel good, and you feel good. It genuinely makes for a better moment for both of you. Here is the other thing about complimenting people. It stays with you. Long after I have complimented someone and seen their face light up, I hold that image in my mind, and it continues to feel good inside. So, the next time you are standing in a long line at the airport, say something nice to the person in front of you and see what happens.
7Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times. The holidays are meant to be a peaceful time. However, often, it is anything but that. So, what can you do about it? One, breathe. It calms your body’s response, regulating your emotions. Two, show self-compassion. Be kind to yourself versus being your harshest critic. Everything will get done. If not, release any judgment about yourself. Think instead that you, at least, tried. Three, connect. From the moment we are born, we feel the need to connect. So, spend time doing just that. Let go of the petty arguments and love your family, friends, and colleagues. Four, show compassion for others. Remember, everyone wants the same thing. A happy holiday season!