The idea behind this blog was to share information I have and to promote my business. I wanted to keep it neutral. And I am a little scared to write about this because… it’s different. But if I am scared, it would make me a little more courageous if I wrote it anyway. I am stepping outside the box, out of my comfort zone, so here goes.
We could all use a little more:
Hugs. Some interesting facts about hugging:
- If you give someone a hug and hold it for little while, it boosts serotonin levels, which makes us happy!
- Hugging someone teaches us how to give and receive – sharing. And sharing is good.
- It relaxes muscles and releases tension. It can even relieve pain by increasing circulation into our soft tissues.
- A really, really good hug can boost oxytocin levels in us. And that gets rid of those feelings of being alone and even crankiness because oxytocin makes us feel calmer and less anxious.
- Watching an awkward hug is kind of funny and can make us laugh which is always good. (made that one up myself)
- It is also a positive form of communication. It expresses love, forgiveness, gratitude, and so on.
I Googled hugging. There is so much info out there; how to hug someone who is taller, how to hug someone who is smaller, how to hug a girl, the list is endless. Some of the results are entertaining. It’s worth a Google, or Bing.
Smiles. Here are some interesting facts about smiling:
- Have you ever tried to smile when you’re really mad? Not a sarcastic smile or smirk. But a genuine smile. Soften your eyes and smile. It sends a message to your brain that you are happy so you get all these endorphins released into you. Try it next time you’re a little cranky.
- Ever walk by a stranger and smile, perhaps even say hello? I do it all the time. Smiling is an expression right? An expression of your happiness, confidence, and it makes you feel good. When you smile at someone, chances are they are going to smile back. So you’re really spreading happiness.
- Smiling helps us stay positive. I learned this during my anger management coaching days – try this fun test. Smile. Try and think about something negative without losing your smile. It’s pretty challenging.
- People are drawn to those who smile.
- Smiling is awesome. So Smile!
Quiet time, meditating, some call it silence – call it whatever. It can be done sitting down, sitting on a chair, lying down, on your knees even standing. Here is my method; Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Relax your shoulders and neck, your face muscles, your jaw. Visualize positivity in whatever form, release your barriers, and maybe even forgive. Relax and just breathe. We see new studies emerging every now and then on the actual physical benefits this practice can have on one’s life.
Lately, I have been caught up in growing my practice. And I love it. It’s such a great path for me. And I love sharing, learning, strategizing and creating plans that work with my clients. Also, my son is in Florida with his dad until the 13th – so I am missing out on all his hugs and smiles and our quiet time. I’ve been working a lot and I became a little unbalanced in the hugging and smiling and meditating department. I think it is so good to be aware of the benefits of these three things and how they can make such a positive change in all of our lives. Give it a try. Brighten someone’s day, and your own too!
Thank for reading my blog!
P.S. Stepping outside my comfort zone…and post!
We Could All Use A Little More