We’ve probably all heard of forest bathing by now, and its ability to heal us on physical, mental and emotional levels. Simple gratitude is known to have similar effects. Imagine the strength of combining the two by immersing yourself in nature and allowing yourself to well up with gratitude. Meandering down a path, across a bridge, by a trickling stream, or just sitting by a tree, helps rid you of mental distractions, allowing you to surrender to the simple joy of just being.
Seeking solitude in nature is one of the most effective ways to find and nurture your calm center. But involving your family in the experience can be joyful and rewarding as well. We all have our share of stress in today’s world, including around the holidays. But when we think about where that stress comes from, it becomes clear that simplifying our lives and traditions can help bring an end to it. Why not turn over a new leaf and start really making this season about peace, sharing, reveling in the simplest gifts and truly understanding how to make gratitude a part of our everyday lives throughout the year.
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