THE RESULTS ARE IN!
The key to happiness is kindness.
A recent study published in April of this year has shown that doing acts of random of kindness (or ARKs, if you forgive me quoting from the movie Evan Almighty) has amazing results on personal, subjective feelings of happiness.
And it didn’t seem to matter whether the ARKs were done for complete strangers, acquaintances or loved ones. Doing something for another person made people happier. And the more ARKs they did, the higher the happiness quotient of the study participants.
So why does this work? Continue reading “What’s the key to happiness?”
Tomato & Squash Medley with Noodles
1/2 of a yellow onion
1 tbsp mined garlic
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup stewed tomatoes
3-5 button mushrooms, sliced
Half cup chopped Yellow squash
Half cup chopped zucchini
1 package of noodles
Stir in ingredients up to water (enough to coat bottom of pan) and put on low heat for 15 minutes with a cover, stirring frequently. Add carrots, and a little water if necessary, and cover for another 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, and let sit for five minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to simmer lightly.
Fill another pot of water for noodles. When at a boil, pour in noodles and bring down to medium heat. Here, add the rest of the ingredients to the tomato mixture, mix well and cover while noodles finish cooking (7-9 minutes).
Place noodles on plate, top with tomato squash sauce and sprinkle with peanuts (if desired). This meal also can be augmented with shrimp. Serve warm, and enjoy!
Dishes are always plentiful in the sink, and washing is done daily.
You use a knife and cutting board at least once (if not more!) a day.
Your pantry’s nearly empty, but your fridge is packed tight after a grocery shopping trip.
Your medications / spices are pretty much the same thing.
You don’t have to create a pile of trash every time you make a meal, and end up with a whole lotta composting material.
If you’ve ever struggled with weight loss due to stress and emotional eating,
an upcoming local Arizona workshop can help.
My workshop called “Coping with Food: Overcoming Emotional Eating” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Herbalicious of Arizona (423 N Florence St, Casa Grande, AZ 85122). Cost is $20. Participants will learn how to recognize negative behavioral eating patterns, learn mindfulness techniques to help in identifying and dealing with stressful emotions and alter behaviors, and gain a deeper understanding about the mind/body connection.
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It was the perfect end to a perfect day. It was a beautiful fall evening. The festivities had ended, and I was surrounded by every love of my life. A large group of us were sitting around in a semicircle around the fireplace in a bed and breakfast in Sedona in a post-wedding day stupor – me, my new husband and my dearest childhood friends (who had all flown in specially for the occasion). One of my closest friends–and the one who’d married my husband and I that day–I’d known since the first day of kindergarten.
It didn’t take long before we were laughing boisterously over dinner, singing, reminiscing, and embracing as if we’d all had too much wine (no, just drunk on each other’s company) – as the husbands exchanged looks, confirming, ‘Yup, this happens every time they’re together.’ Although we live nearly a continent apart, the five of us turn into teenagers again each time we are reunited, never skipping a beat in our deep, rich friendships. I didn’t want this night to end, and cried yet again at our parting …
Because these were the girls that saved my life.
Let me explain.
Continue reading “A little help from (girl)friends can prolong your life”
We all know how precious our friendships are. But so many times, life gets in the way and it could be weeks, months, even years between times when we get to see or speak to our closest girlfriends. Well, this month gives us an excuse to improve those statistics! Here are some great ideas to get you started in reconnecting with old friends (and making some new ones, too!).
- Busy? Carve out time to invite a friend out for coffee or tea
- Buy a friend a little gift – whether it’s a book of poetry, some fragrance, or something that has personal meaning to you both
- Plan a girls’ night out! Visit some of your favorite stores, restaurants, or even go out to see a movie
- Or have a girls’ night in! Rent a few feel-good girl night movies, drink some wine and all the sweets you avoid during the rest of the year.
- Spoil yourself and a friend by getting a massage or visiting a spa and get facials and pedicures!
- With the world as plugged in as it is, it is easier and easier to reconnect with people we haven’t seen in years. So try looking for childhood friend with whom you’ve lost contact, and say hello!
- Sign up for a class together with a friend! From tango to wine tasting, or a scrapbooking class, there are lots of choices.
- Plan an adventure or trip. Go hiking, hot-air ballooning, skydiving, backpacking, camping, white water rafting, etc.
- Send flowers to the special women in your life, whether it’s your mother or sister, or someone very close to you who has had a large impact on your life, like a female mentor
- Have a good group of gals at work? Tell them about International Women’s Friendship Month and schedule a lunch or after-work cocktails together
- If you’ve had friends for many years, you’ve seen a lot of movies and listened to a lot of music in that time. Trying making an old-fashioned “mix tape” or create a CD with songs that you and a friend or friends have in common and gift them with a note talking about all the wonderful memories you’ve made together!
- Do you have a creative hobby or two? Use your talents or hobbies to make something from the heart for a friend
- Take cards and a crafted gift, or a home-made meal or pastries to your lady neighbors or coworkers
- Make plans with your good friends to volunteer at a women’s shelter, soup kitchen, or other group in need
- Write a long letter, or maybe even blog and publish it to the world about your best friends and how much they have inspired or supported you through the years
- Create a standing monthly event with a group of friends, like a book club or a potluck, or movie night!
Make new friends!
- Try joining a club or group that is based on an interest of yours (photography, exercise, soap-making?)
- Find a group that is solely centered around women and creating bonds between women, such as a:
Did you know girlfriends can add years to your life?
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