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Leading up to Thanksgiving, many people were writing about the importance of practicing gratitude, but giving is another way to spread gratitude. The Greater Good Science Center explains how gratitude can inspire generosity and vice versa.

The holidays are a notoriously stressful time for many of us, and stress significantly impacts sleep. Mindful.org shared four effective stratgies for reducing stress at bedtime, including two specific breathing exercises, listening to calming music, and mindful movement like yoga, which has been shown to reduce insomnia.

If you’ve been feeling preoccupied with worry following recent world events, you’re not alone. Advice from the New York Times for coping with anxiety during a time of terror threats includes: checking your fears against statistics, limiting use of social media, practicing good self-care, making a worst case scenario plan, and sticking to a routine.

The BBC reports that, according to a recent poll, more than 55% of parents in England never talk to their children about mental health. You can read the full story here.

Taylor at Nerd Fitness just wrote the one of the most nuanced pieces we’ve read on body acceptance. Calling on mindfulness traditions, Taylor suggests a move toward non-judgmental, realistic, and objective acceptance rather than fat shaming or glorifying obesity. It’s definitely worth a read.

By Clare M. 

 

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