Did you know that how you dress is empowering you? (or not)
Studies show that it’s not ‘when you look good, you feel good’ it’s more like ‘when you feel you look good, you feel good’.
Folks from the University of Queensland are researching how clothes and emotions are linked. As it turns out, we might want to be more conscious of what we choose to drape over our bodies.
From birthdays and Christmas parties to parades and Halloween, dressing up is loads of fun and helps us feel happy, excited, puts us in a good mood and motivates us to head out the door with friends, snap selfies and boosts our positive vibe.
But what about every other day of the week?
Yes, it’s wonderful to love the skin you’re in. And dressing for your body type may sound weird (have a body? … dress it). But you gotta wear clothes, so you may as well put on stuff you LOVE. Because what you wear affects your self-esteem.
How simple can it be that a new piece of clothing (even a great ‘vintage’ score) can make you feel good? Remember first-day-of-school-clothes? It was awesome heading out the door wearing your confidence. (I’m talking post grade one; beyond the tear year).
There is something to be said for the feelings that so illogically come from a piece of fabric.
If you have a favorite pair of jeans, think about why they boost your confidence and try to buy clothes that make you feel the same way. You may have bought a top and worn it once, but if you aren’t going to wear it again because it reminds you of a date you’d rather forget, get rid of it.
From the study, Dr Tombs says, “Don’t feel bad about keeping any old clothes with which you associate good memories. It is like looking at a photograph and having those memories rush back.”
A group of young adult students in the study were asked some to wear superman T-shirts. Not only did it make them more confident, but it also made them actually think they were physically stronger.
‘Those in a Superman T-shirt thought they were stronger than students in a plain T-shirt, or in their own clothing.’
It wasn’t just superhero clothing that affected a person’s state of mind, though. Wearing a white coat, was found to improve a person’s mental agility, and wearing a bathing suit made a person score poorly on a math test.
We like to think “Every day is a parade.” So what are you wearing?
Summer can be over in the blink of an eye.
Here are a few tips to make the most of the days between Canada Day and Labour Day!
- Get your toes wet: At the beach, in a stream… even spritz them on your high-rise balcony.
Cool fresh water revitalizes your energy and wakes you up to the present moment. Besides it feels good on a hot day.
- Spend time in nature.
Sights and sounds (listen to those birds!) are very different from the winter months. Don’t miss ’em!
- Eat the food of the season: Apricots, plums, peaches. And yes, corn on the cob.
Freeze those berries for the winter months when you are craving a taste of summer.
- Unplug (no kidding)
I don’t need to explain this one.
- Watch the sun rise or set.
An attitude of gratitude will sink in with the moment the sun and horizon kiss. (Have you read the inside of our Oracle reusable shopping bags?)
- Stop and smell the flowers. Really, there are loads to choose from. Take a sec and do it. Mindfully…
Just like the birds – these are here for a short show, so get yer noses to roses.
- Be a tourist in your own town.
Use your ‘visitor eyes’ to appreciate your own backyard. Go to attractions early or late to avoid the line-ups and keep your happy on.
- Eat your meals outside when ya can.
I try and do all 3 meals outside, even if it’s just on my porch (usually).
- Find some shade and chill at least an hour a day. Be lazy.
Taking down time is culturally acceptable in most countries – but seems to make us feel guilty. Look up ‘Siesta’ on Google and give yourself permission.
- Do outdoor projects instead of indoor ones.
- Watch for falling stars.
Do this if you want to feel the total awe of creation.
- Get out on the water … seriously … this is the best. Just do it.
Live in joy,
Hey parents and grandparents… if you are using Baltic Amber teething necklaces … please make sure you are using them safely. Do not let baby wear anything around his neck to sleep or unsupervised.
Teething necklaces made of Baltic amber work when baby’s own body heat triggers the release of a minute amount of oil that contains succinic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in the body. When the oil is absorbed, it has an analgesic effect on swollen, sore gums.
Some people are sure they work, other’s are sure they are too risky.
Whatever you decide, here are a few things to consider:
- Only buy an individually knotted bead necklace.
- Baby shouldn’t wear anything around his neck while unsupervised or sleeping.
- Check the necklace regularly to make sure it is still in tact and joining clasp is in good shape.
- Is it short enough that baby can’t put his arms through?
- Is it long enough not to pinch or choke?
- Baby should not bite or chew the necklace.
We hope this helps you with your decision to use, or not use, a teething necklace.
In our family we do Christmas.
Sometimes it comes without ribbons, but it always come with love. Anytime we get together anytime of the year it’s a fun-fest. Family is everything to me and it extends to friends as well.
When counting all your blessings, gifts of love that never end, you can count on friends as family and your family as your friends.
However you say it and what ever you celebrate – may the “Happy” part be fabulous, and may you enjoy a safe, wondrous, healthy, and abundant new year.
- Happy Holidays in French: Joyeuses Fêtes!
- Happy Holidays in Spanish: Felices Fiestas!
- Happy Holidays in Vietnamese: Hạnh phúc ngày lễ
- Happy Holidays in Chinese: 節日快樂
- Happy Holidays in Filipino: Masaya pista opisyal
- Happy Holidays in Irish: Laethanta saoire sona
- Happy Holidays in Swedish: Trevlig Helg!
- Happy Holidays in Portuguese: Boas Festas!
- Happy Holidays in Turkish: Mutlu Bayramlar!
- Happy Holidays in Romanian: Sarbatori Fericite!
- Happy Holidays in Korean: 행복 휴일
- Happy Holidays in Slovenian: Vesele Praznike
- Happy Holidays in Indonesian: Selamat Hari Raya!
- Happy Holidays in Croatian: Sretni praznici!
- Happy Holidays in Hungarian: Boldog Ünnepeket
- Happy Holidays in Greek: Καλές δικακοπές! (kales diakopes)
- Happy Holidays in Danish: Glade feriedage
- Happy Holidays in Albanian: Gëzuar Festat
- Happy Holidays in Mandarin: Jie Ri Yu Kuai
- Happy Holidays in Catalan: Bones Festes!
- Happy Holidays in Latin: Felix feriarum
- Happy Holidays in Swahili: Furaha likizo
- Happy Holidays in Japanese: 幸せな休日
- Happy Holidays in Hebrew: חג שמח
- Happy Holidays in Italian: Buone Feste!
- Happy Holidays in South African (Xhose): Ii holide eximnandi
- Happy Holidays in German: Forhe Feiertage
- Happy Holidays in Dutch: Prettige feestdagen
- Happy Holidays in Hawaiian: Hau’oli Lanui
- Happy Holidays in Gaelic: Beannachtaí na Féile
Size can be a signal that things have changed.
Have you seen bananas lately?
Or chickens compared to 20 years ago?
The height of buildings?
Density of cities?
I was visiting one of our suppliers a couple of weeks ago and noticed the size of abalone shells in their bin. They were maybe 5 inches. Teeny.
When I got home, I measured the one I collected about 15 years ago and it was almost a foot long.
That scares me. It makes my heart worry.
Abalone is regulated, and so is window-pane oyster (the kind used for windchimes). But the harvesting and dredging methods for most shells are wide open and horribly damaging. The regulations also change to suit business, not always environment. (Depending on the country of export).
To make a long story short… we don’t carry shell anymore.
No coral, abalone, jewelry, clothing accents, buttons, smudge shells. Nada.
Whew! My heart feels waaaaay better!
How about you?
Today – choose something that worries your heart and deal with it in a single decision.
It could be that you want to start a new habit or stop an old one and you’ve been procrastinating. Make today the day.
Maybe staying in touch with family has been niggling at your heart strings. Schedule it in.
Maybe all the cute little pig videos on Face Book are worrying your heart. Decide not to eat pig anymore.
Maybe you keep thinking you should start or add to your savings account. Make today the day.
Let me know how it goes!
Live in joy,