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Hobbies to Reduce Stress

The rule of thumb for living a balanced life is to have three hobbies: one to make you money, one to keep you healthy and one to expand your creativity. We’re focusing on the one hobby to keep you healthy, because when you’re healthy, you inspire others. It’s like a chain reaction of positivity. Choose a hobby that keeps your mind and body in a harmony. Here are three suggestions of hobbies to reduce stress, keep you active and positive:

Gardening—Did you know that just one hour of gardening burns over 200 calories? Plus it gets you outdoors which naturally reduces stress levels. Studies show that spending 30 minutes outdoors decreases stress by 50 percent. So get out there and start gardening! A smile on your face will come soon after.

Yoga—Become more empathic and lower stressors in life with one simple exercise: yoga. Not only does it get you in tip-top shape, it relaxes your mind and helps you become more patient in life. It is a practice, so make it a habit to do yoga otherwise you won’t receive the benefits.

Swimming—Leave your worries at the door while you complete a few laps around the pool. Swimming gives us an escape from the loud world we live in. Have a moment to yourself in calming water exercising all the stress out of your body.

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International Day of Peace

September 21st is no ordinary day—it is International Day of Peace. This is a United Nations day dedicated to world peace and the absence of war and violence. The first International Day of Peace was celebrated in 1982 and still celebrated today as a preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Here’s a few ways you can do your part to spread love on September 21st.

Meditation—No single person can stop war unless you’re Mahatma Ghandi or Nelson Mandela. Most of us just want to make the world a better place as much as we possibly can. Try meditation to put you in a loving, kind mindset everyday.

Random Acts of Kindness—Spread love throughout your life with simple acts of kindness. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. Just tell someone a compliment or gather a few of their favorite things when they’re having a bad day.

Refugee Aid Kits—Countless families are constantly seeking refuge from their war-torn countries. Many lose all their valuables, belongings and even family members throughout the process of finding a new home. You can help them with refugee aid kits. Contact your local refugee agency and they’ll help you gather items to send.

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The Perfect Recipe for a Bake Sale

School has started, so consequently, it is the season for bake sales. Whipping up a fun, festive bake sale fundraiser is no easy task as a parent and as a student. You’ll need to bake delicious goodies, set up the whole bake sale and organize all the participants. Here are just a few tips to make the process go smoothly:

Sprinkle in family fun—No bake sale is complete without friends and family joining in the fun. Gather a couple loved ones and ask them to help bake homemade goodies for the bake sale. This will off-load a lot of stress and make the process more fun.

A good helping of decorations—Every bake sale needs a fun theme. Consider the cause the money is going to, or a certain holiday coming up. Maybe it’s just an “autumn” theme. Whatever the decorations, be sure to use fun items to attract more customers.

One cup of education—Of course, never stray too far away from why you are doing a bake sale. With each customer, give them a pamphlet or tell them an elevator speech. Educate people about your amazing cause.

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How a Nap Spreads Positivity

Whether you’re working a night shift, all day in the hot sun or from 9-to-5 in a cubicle, a simple 10-minute nap could make the difference between being a happy, positive person or being down in the dumps. Spread a little love throughout your life by being kind to yourself. If everyone took a nap everyday, the world might be a little better. Here’s three ways a nap can help you be happier:

Lifts your spirits—As a child, you would get cranky if you hadn’t napped. Well, it’s not much different as an adult. Our mood sours, and we become lethargic if we don’t rest the body and mind. Treat yourself to a nap.

Increases creativity—Scientists have found that creativity is more fluid after being rejuvenated by a nap. More creative ideas leads to positive solutions and positive life outlooks. Spread positivity through an essential nap.

Zaps stress—A mini-vacation can be attained by a simple 10-minute nap. If you feel happy, that’ll breed happiness in your home, work and overall life. If you are joyful, then life surrounds you with warm cheeriness.