Besides lightening the mood at home, playtime creates an atmosphere that everyone in the family is free to be who they are, and this inherently encourages confidence and self-love.
Studies indicate that more women than men are engaged in people-pleasing. This results in adverse effects on our mental and physical health. So, how do we stop trying to please everyone and bring peace into our lives?
Many studies have found that people who practice gratitude tend to be happier and less depressed, but there is much more credit that can be given to the benefits of living a mindful life of gratitude.
The pandemic has led to loneliness and sadness through sickness, loss of life, economic hardship, and social distancing, but it has also produced a positive outcome in its wake, a powerful strengthening experience and opportunity in both our own selves and collectively in our communities.
Our lives may feel out of control due to the pandemic, economic instability and the political climate. What is there to be thankful for this year?
What do we do to keep ourselves from wallowing in life’s normal situations, or perhaps circumstances that are not so normal but seem to pile one on top of the other? How do we stay soft of heart despite life’s difficulties, including when others are not in agreement with our personal choices?