The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter
They say laughter is the best medicine but is it really? Check out what Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has to say.
The Science of Tears
Did you know you actually release stress in your tears!? Indeed crying benefits your body as much as laughing does. So don’t hold back, break out the tissues.
University of Berkeley | Greater Good Science of a Meaningful Life
Ready to dig in deeper? I adore this entire website - The University of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science of a Meaningful Life. Why not start in the gratitude section of the site and learn what gratitude does to depression, envy, relationships, participation, stress coping in trauma, immune systems, blood pressure, sleep, pain and more! Explore all the science here and check out the rest of the site too.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The book he wrote while living with a terminal diagnosis is both a profound look into the normalcy of death as well as a glimpse into a philosophical insight dying can give us on life. It is breathtaking. I first stumbled on his essay called How Long Have I got Left? Which, although about his own terminal illness, applies beautifully to the unknown of infertility or any of life’s big question marks.
Social media and pop culture constantly expose us to highly edited versions of other people’s lives. The result? We end up comparing our real life experiences with the fictional version of others’. In this lens, our own struggles and real life complexities can feel lonely and like unique and epic failures while everyone else around us seems to be doing just fine. Enter this amazing book.
Story after story we hear real people’s struggles. We read what they really think, how they really experience heartbreak and problems that sometimes cannot be solved. We also grow from and all wisdom they have to share. We don’t have to feel alone because indeed, we are NOT alone.
“Everybody is a story,” writes Dr. Remen in her introduction. “When I was a child, people sat around the kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. Despite the awesome powers of technology many of us still do not live very well. We may need to listen to one another’s stories again.”
The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider
Slow down and do less says the author of this piece from the 2013 New York Times, The Busy Trap.
Headspace | Free Take 10
Try Headspace’s free TAKE 10 - Ten free 10-minute meditations on mindfulness.