Who doesn’t appreciate a present? There’s nothing more special. It’s not just a positive experience for the recipient, but satisfaction for the gift-giver as well. Apparently, there are some psychological and physical benefits behind it. Giving produces endorphins, decreases blood pressure and reduces stress, promotes cooperation and social connection, and evokes gratitude.
Our dog, Kai, just had his first birthday, and it’s been fun watching him and our son, Aiden (2 years old), grow up together. Kai is a Golden Retriever, and I am so glad we did our research and found a dog whose temperament is a great fit for our family...especially for a toddler.
I think I can speak for many when I say that being a mom is so much more than one could ever attempt to anticipate. It’s laughter, smiles, worries, and meltdowns all chaotically bound together. It’s taking
care of another human, better than you probably ever took care of yourself. It is so many decisions, and so many hopes.
In 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman identified the five love languages, which are different ways of expressing and receiving love. The love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
So many of my fondest childhood memories are from family traditions around the holidays. For Thanksgiving, no matter where everyone was living, our family would meet up in Palm springs. For Christmas Eve, our extended families would get together at my grandma’s house. And on Christmas Day, our immediate family made it a tradition to be home to attend church together and celebrate the special day. I remember who was there, where we were, sights and smells, feelings of comfort, family and love.
The first step in getting the life you want is to get rid of the things that don’t benefit you. The dictionary describes clutter as a collection of “things'' lying about in an untidy mess. However, clutter and disorganization can affect every aspect of your existence. It gets in the way of people achieving their personal goals as they deal with piles of unread mail, unread books, clothes that have never been worn, and the latest technological gadget.