Having trouble staying happy this holiday season?  Try some happiness helpers.

Having trouble staying happy this holiday season? Try some happiness helpers.

Wellness Wednesday

Having some trouble staying happy this holiday season? Try some happiness helpers.

Are you having a tough time being truly happy this holiday season? You’re not alone. The holidays are often a difficult time for many. Try some of these research-based happiness helpers.

1. Set an intention to enjoy the holidays. When making a conscious decision to be open to happiness, you are more likely to be more aware of uplifting moments.

2. Take a break to regain focus. If you are feeling completely overwhelmed by your to-do list, stop and take a moment to do something you enjoy. Have a cup of tea, take a bath, go for a walk, try some yoga, talk to a friend or watch a movie. Leave the holiday mode for a bit and just relax.

3. Practice gratitude and generosity. Don’t take good fortune for granted. Reflect on your good blessings and let your loved ones know you appreciate them. Everyone feels the joy of a loving connection. Neuroscience research suggests that performing an act of generosity lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food. When an impulse to be generous arises, act on it and notice the feeling.

4. Lastly, play and have fun. The holidays give us a reason to let ourselves act and feel like we did when we were kids. Take time to be around kids. Take delight in their enthusiasm. Singing or dancing is a great way to get out of our head and open our hearts to really experience joy.

Happiness is contagious! If you are happy, family and friends around you are more likely to experience your happiness and be happy too.

This Wellness article offers suggestions and does not replace the advice of a trained professional. If you feel prolonged sadness or the inability to find happiness this holiday season, please contact a healthcare professional.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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by Denise Visco

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June Is Lane Courtesy Month

June Is Lane Courtesy Month

highway photoJune is Lane Courtesy month. Yielding when you merge into faster traffic is a simple concept, but it is often overlooked and forgotten.

Chances are, when you’re behind the wheel, you observe many people ignoring this basic driving rule. This rule is commonly referred to as “Lane Courtesy”. If everyone would practice Lane Courtesy, driving would be much more pleasurable, our roads would be safer, and road rage would decrease along with the number of accidents we have each year.

Here are the four main benefits provided, when practicing Lane Courtesy:

1. You’re Less Likely To Be In An Accident
When you avoid distracting and frustrating other drivers on the road, traffic is able to run more smoothly. When traffic is running smoothly, there is less tailgating, less weaving in-and-out of traffic, and therefore fewer accidents.

2. You Will Get Better Gas Mileagegas mileage photo
While Lane Courtesy promotes smooth flowing traffic, it also helps drivers maintain an even pace. Vehicles use the most gas when accelerating. Less braking followed by acceleration will improve fuel economy.

3. You Will Arrive To Your Destination Faster
Correctly yielding and merging onto a highway reduces congestion and traffic. When traffic runs smoothly, drivers are able to use the road to its fullest extent.

4. You Will Not Have To Deal With Road Rage
Dealing with road rage is the last thing you want to do. Nobody likes to fight with others on the road. Drivers who “hog” the left lane are a main source of irritation for numerous drivers. The simple act of moving to the right can eliminate drivers’ stress as well as reduce road raging.

Think about Lane Courtesy next time you’re on the road. Not only will Lane Courtesy help you, but it will help others around you.

Drive Safely!

Written by: Amanda Haase

Photo by davebloggs007

Photo by Bill Selak