July Joy Dare

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It’s July! Yay! I always get excited about July because it’s the month of our anniversary. Unfortunately, this year, July is welcoming us with illness. Luca has his first cold. It’s such a bummer. I’m also feeling kind of anxious this month because we have some potential big changes happening with our family (more on that another day). So, what better way to start off the month than with the determination to be JOYFUL? Ann Voskamp of 1,000 Gifts (her blog is called A Holy Experience) has a “Joy Dare” for her readers each month. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression or just a general sense of apathy? I know that sounds like the beginning of a lame pharmaceutical commercial, but if you’re a mom then I’m betting you’ve experienced those emotions at some point. Many people have asked me what I would recommend as natural remedies for anxiety and depression. There are many natural mood boosters such as exercise, socializing, B Vitamins, talk therapy, physical touch, sunshine, and contemplative prayer. Of course, I’m always looking for more so I was delighted when I stumbled upon Ann’s website. Here’s what she has to say about the power of gratitude:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)

2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)

5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

From A Holy Experience

Sound good? It does to me! To download the July Joy Dare click here.

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– The Garden of the Soul

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