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Tuesday
Feb072017

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v13

The current installment (v13) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring change-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are a beautifully engaged group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?

 

What’s Interesting? . . .

 

1. Interesting Read – Happy Living Change

The word, hygge (pronounced hooga), has been showing up in popular culture lately. While it’s not a new word or concept, it is new to me. Meik Wiking, author and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen educates us in The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Living Happy. He describes hygge as “an atmosphere and experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down.” Other descriptions include “coziness of the soul” and “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.” Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. It seems that hygge has a positive influence for the Danes’ happiness. Hygge can be experienced through a combination of ways, which includes giving attention to the quality of light (low light, fire and candles preferred), having close, small social circles, eating comforting food and drink, wearing comfortable clothing, expressing gratitude, and spending relaxed, non-competitive time with loved ones. “Hygge is about the now, how to enjoy the moment and make the best of it.” If you’re looking to change your happiness quotient, perhaps exploring hygge will inspire you.

 

 

2. Interesting Resource - Mindfulness Change

One of the changes I’ve made this year has been learning more about mindfulness through reading, meditating, and taking a mindfulness training course. In a special edition of Time magazine, Mindfulness – The New Science of Health and Happiness, there is a terrific collection of articles about the benefits of mindfulness practice along with the science to back up those benefits. If you’re looking to reduce stress, increase focus, and be more present, the mindfulness path could be the answer. Change can begin with curiosity. That curiosity can develop into action.

 

 

3. Interesting Tech - Habit Change


Stopping bad habits and forming new ones is all about change. If you’re in the habit-change-mode, but are feeling challenged because you don’t have the help or support you need, try HabitBull. This app allows you to organize and track to either break bad habits or build positive ones. With an easy set-up, reminders, inspiring quotes and a support community, you’re just one step closer to making the changes that you desire.

 

 

4. Interesting Product – Mood Change

Have you noticed how color affects your mood? You can easily change your mood by adjusting your environment with the Luci® Color light. It’s solar powered, inflatable, and has a feature that lets you set it to a single color or cycle through all the colors in sequence. What color are you feeling today? Are you ready for a change? Light on!

 

 

 

 

 5. Interesting Thought - Positive Change

One small way to change our day is to change our perspective.  Our attitude influences our experiences in positive or negative ways. Use positive thoughts or affirmations to encourage successful outcomes. See what changes occur when you begin your day with a positive thought

 

 

 

What are your interesting finds? Which ones resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (10)

I find that I always have a better day if I begin with prayer and reflection. I like the idea of being mindful of what we are doing, something that technology and distractions tend to undermine. How often do we lose something simply because we weren't being mindful when we put it down? I never regret slowing myself down to breath and watch and listen.

February 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- There's something so grounding about beginning your day with reflection. My favorite time of day to meditate is in the morning. It's had a great side effect, which is that instead of checking tech first thing, I check in with myself first thing. You're so right that technology can easily undermine us with its infinite distractions, dings, and buzzes. It makes us have to work extra hard to be mindful of what we're doing and who we're with. The mindfulness practice has been helping me with that. I'm more able to just be without feeling the need to constantly check my tech devices. I love what you said about not regretting the times when you allow yourself to slow down to "breath and watch and listen." Beautiful!

February 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My husband recently bought a diffuser for essential oil which has a thin band of light around it that constantly changes color, similar to the color light you've shown, but with the added benefit of aromatherapy.

February 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Thank you for these, Linda. I'm interested in the Danish book... I'm a big believer in perspective and tend to see the glass half full myself. I think sometimes problems/issues get blown out of proportion the more we talk about them. I realize that some problems are HUGE but there are other problems that can morph from being solvable into being bigger than big - it's all a matter of perspective and reframing.

February 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Love all these finds on positivity. Winter can be grey and offset our positivity. I love the Good Quote on instagram too! A new app I am using is Headspace for meditation. It's a great way to change my mood too.

February 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Janet- The infuser your husband purchased sounds SO lovely. How cool that it combines two senses...sight and scent. Wonderful!

@Diane- If you read the book about hygge, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. There are so many aspects to it and I find myself coming back to the concepts over and over...seeing which ones I might be able to integrate more into my life. I agree with you about how our attitude or perspective can transform situations in all kinds of ways

@Ellen- It's so true that it's been a gray, even if mild, winter. Some infusing this season with some additional positivity can't hurt. So glad you liked the quote about starting the day with a positive thought. That's so awesome that you've been using the Headspace app. I haven't tried it yet, but instead, am working with some guided meditation recordings from a mindfulness class I'm taking. Love them!

February 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I am fond of colors, but I never knew that they do affect our mood. So do we can have a mood swing because of colors around us! Luci® Color light seems pretty interesting to me. After all, colors give life to our imagination. What if there were no colors! I'm sure without colors there would be no emotions, and without emotions, there would be no positivity.

February 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmar

@Amar- Color definitely affects our moods. Have you ever noticed that doctor's offices are never painted red? Red can excite. More often medical office walls are gray, white or even soothing light blue. Yellow and red can also increase our appetites. Many fast food restaurants use those colors. You raised an interesting question..."What if there were no colors?" It's hard for me to imagine a colorless, emotion-less world.

February 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great finds, Linda. Positive thoughts in the morning are very useful to keep depression at bay. I prefer not to watch the news in the AM because it influences my day.

February 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- So true how giving ourselves some positive thoughts changes the shape of the entire day. I agree about the news and especially these days, you just never know what crazy thing might be happening. I limit my news intake.

February 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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