Could Your Life Be More Awesome?

When was the last time you were dazzled? Can you remember when something, someone, or somewhere made your jaw drop, took your breath away, or really wowed you? To children, everything in life seems awesome. But for adults, it can be hard to find that same sense of wonder. Instead of the same old New Year’s resolutions, look for ways for bring more wonder into 2019.

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Quiz: Could Your Life Be More Awesome?

First, let’s ask an important question: Can your life stand to be more awesome? Maybe you already know the answer, or maybe you don’t even know what awesomeness looks like anymore. Either way, Greater Good Science Center presents this brief quiz to determine if you have room for more awesomeness in your life.

7 Ways To Spark Your Sense Of Wonder

When looking for wonder, it doesn’t matter where you find it as much as how you approach life. Reinvigorate your curiosity by learning to approach mundane things from a new angle or seeking out works from great authors and artists. Behavioral specialist and bestselling author Gregg Levoy has a few suggestions for reigniting your sense of wonder that you can incorporate into your life right now.

What Makes Things Cool?

When something is wonderful or awesome, it’s probably also very cool. In your search for wonder, it can help to ask what makes something cool. The answer isn’t as subjective as you think. This video from The Atlantic examines the “theory of cool” and shows that if you’re looking for wonder, it might help to look at something familiar in a different way.

Just For Fun: Tiny Pieces Of Wonder

You don’t have to travel to the ends of the Earth to be amazed by things. In fact, when one photographer got up close to the world around him, he proved wonder can be found in the smallest of things.

What kind of wonder will you find in 2019?

Tim

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Ready To Say Goodbye To 2018?

With only a few weeks left in 2018, we can’t help but be amazed by how fast the year flew by. Wasn’t it just March? It’s always crazy how much everyone still has to do before the year’s out! Don’t worry — here are some great resources to help you get through these next hectic weeks.

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Checklist: Things You Need To Do Before The Year Is Over!

So much to do, so little time. It’s hard enough to get things done in December, between all the holidays. Who has time to think about the new year? As always, a simple to-do list can really help you get things in order. Don’t worry; it’s not all chores and errands. This checklist gives you fun ways to celebrate 2018 and end the year on a high note!

Creative Ways To Prepare For The New Year

There’s no secret to having a great new year, not matter what some articles online may claim. Yes, there’s some great advice out there, but why take someone else’s definition of what makes a year good? Here are a couple creative suggestions to make 2019 your year. (This article is a few years old, but the tips are evergreen.)

7 Ways To Have A Happy New Year

There’s something promising about the new year. No matter what happened in the last 12 months, whether good or bad, happy or sad, you can start 2019 off fresh. The future is whatever you make it, so why not make it a good one? Check out these simple strategies to truly have a happy new year.

Just For Fun: Best NYE Parties In The World

Times Square gets a lot of attention on New Year’s Eve, but the residents of NYC aren’t the only ones who know how to throw a party. From Scotland to Chile, check out how the rest of the world rings in the new year.

Have a Happy New Year!

Tim

The Best Way To Give Back

What will you give this year? It’s easy to get caught up in the material joys of the holiday season, but we should also make a point to look for ways we can truly make a difference in the world. Since it is the season of giving, let’s look at some opportunities to give your time and money to charity and the best ways to make your donations count.

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15 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

When you’re ready to donate during the holidays, the question is often where to start. If you have time to volunteer at a soup kitchen or organize a toy drive for foster kids, that’s great! But there are other ways you can give even when your holiday schedule is tight. Here are 15 simple ideas that can make a world of difference.

Teach Your Child About Charity

Teaching your children the importance of charity and volunteering can help them grow into kind and empathetic people. But how do you teach kids about charity in a way that really sticks with them, instead of just adding a task to to their seasonal to-do list? This article from Today’s Parent dives into the challenges of volunteering and offers strategies to make giving back part of your family values.

Why You Shouldn’t Donate Canned Food To Charities

Canned food drives are huge around the holiday season. Some companies even offer discounts to customers who donate a few cans of food. It’s great to see so many people who want to give back, but the truth is that donating canned foods isn’t as helpful as is may seem. Watch this clip from the TruTV series “Adam Ruins Everything” to learn the trouble with canned food drives and discover the best way you can support your local food bank.

Make A Difference: Top-Rated Charities

The trouble with donating to a charity is that you are never sure if your donation is really going to people in need. Charity Watch is an organization that monitors the behaviors of charities and determines if they help people as much as they claim. Here are some top-rated charities you can feel good about donating to this year.

Here’s to doing good during the season of giving,

Tim

Tis The Season To Be Stressed Out?

For a time of year that’s supposed to be about joy and generosity, the holidays sure can be stressful. Between family gatherings, social obligations, and the demand to make the season magical for the kids, you might start to wonder why you even bother. But the holidays should be a time of joy, and with some tried-and-true stress management strategies, they can be again.

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6 Simple Practices To Handle Holiday Stress

The best way to reduce stress is to avoid stressful situations. During the holidays, this isn’t always an option. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the holiday spirit. This article from the University of California, Berkeley, examines the psychology of stress and offers science-backed solutions to make your holiday season more enjoyable.

Foods That Fight Holiday Stress

Stress eating is usually a bad thing, but what if you could combat your stress with tasty, good-for-you foods? Plenty of research shows the direct influence food has on your mental health and well-being. Chamomile tea is a go-to for stressful days, and eating oatmeal for breakfast can lead to more positive mornings. Snacking on a blood orange can help you get through a taxing meal with the in-laws. Check out Health.com to read about all the snacks you need to have a stress-free holiday.

Stay Active During The Holidays

If you already struggle to make time for exercise during the rest of the year, working out during the holidays may seem impossible. But it’s important to stay active. A lack of exercise will do a number on your health, and realizing you haven’t exercised in a few weeks will only add to your seasonal stress. What’s more, staying active has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress overall!

Just For Fun: 32 Things You Didn’t Know About The Holiday Season

There are a lot of reasons the holidays can be stressful, but there are also a lot of reason to celebrate! Remember what’s fun about the holidays with these seasonal fun facts.

Here’s to a more relaxing holiday season,

Tim

Did You Hear? Green Is In This Season!

The holiday season is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited! But the most wonderful time of the year also happens to be the most wasteful time of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, we throw away 25% more trash, use 50,000 trees’ worth of wrapping paper, and consume over 1 million tons of fuel with holiday shipping.

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7 Tips To Make Your Holidays A Little Greener

Did you know buying a fake Christmas tree isn’t better for the environment than getting a real tree? Did you know you can reduce your energy use by 70% just by switching the kind of lights you decorate with? Going green during the holidays doesn’t mean missing out on the holiday fun. There are a number of simple changes you can make to go green while still enjoying your favorite seasonal traditions.

Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste During The Holidays

Food waste is a big problem year-round. On average, Americans toss out 40% of the food we buy, which means millions of pounds of food and billions of dollars end up in landfills. During the holidays, food waste gets worse. Fortunately, you can reduce your family’s food waste without skipping the big feasts. The experts from Food Network have some advice any chef can use to make their kitchen more eco-friendly.

Green Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season

It’s exciting to find that perfect gift for a loved one, but the holiday crowds and exhaustion from shopping don’t always inspire feelings of goodwill toward our fellow man. The good news is that most eco-friendly gifts aren’t found at the store! Upcycled goods, homemade crafts, and experiences all make wonderful gifts — and you don’t have to worry about finding parking at the mall. Make this year’s shopping list greener with these clever gift ideas.

Just For Fun: Hilarious Videos To Beat Holiday Stress

Getting ready for the holidays is pretty stressful, but don’t panic. Take a deep breath and give yourself a few minutes to enjoy these hilarious videos. They’ll help you unwind and get you into the holiday spirit.

Here’s to a greener holiday!

Tim

The Secret To Never Getting Sick

As a kid, getting sick was simple. You got to stay home from school and spend all day in your pajamas watching daytime television. Yeah, it wasn’t fun to be sick, but at least it was relaxing. Getting sick as an adult only adds to the stress we experience every day. You miss work, have to find someone else to pick up the kids, and fall behind on all those errands.

Since we’re nearing the peak of cold and flu season, this week we’re looking at how to stay healthy — or at least feel better if we do happen to get sick.

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The Secrets To Never Getting Sick

Everyone has their own strategies for fighting back during cold and flu season. Some people rely on echinacea supplements; others swear by essential oils. And we all have that coworker who breaks out gallons of hand sanitizer the moment someone in the office coughs once. These strategies have varying degrees of success. Check out this article for some medically approved techniques for maintaining your good health.

Does Chicken Soup Really Help With A Cold?

If you aren’t able to dodge that cold this year, someone is sure to suggest you serve yourself a big bowl of chicken noodle soup. This cold and flu remedy has been passed down by grandmas since the time of the ancient Greeks, but does it really work? Check out this brief video from the Smithsonian that seeks to answer that very question. When it’s over, you might find yourself craving a warm bowl of chicken noodle goodness.

6 Cold & Flu Old Wives’ Tales, Debunked

Are you still feeding your cold and starving your fever? How about covering your mouth when you cough? There are certain pieces of advice that get passed around every year, but just because you’ve heard something before doesn’t mean it works. It might be easier to survive cold and flu season if we stopped believing so many myths about getting sick.

Just For Fun: Ultimate Flu-Busting Chicken Soup

As we discussed above, your grandma was on to something when she offered you that bowl of chicken soup whenever you felt sick. If you’ve come down with a cold, have a friend who’s not feeling so hot, or just want some good soup, this recipe has everything you need.

To staying healthy this winter,

Tim

 

Are You A Top Chef Or A Kitchen Nightmare?

We all need to eat. In this modern era, eating is easier than ever before. An app on your phone will have a whole meal delivered right to your door. You never have to set foot in the kitchen! But there is something to be said about home-cooked meals. And when you know what you’re doing, cooking can be less of a chore than you’d think. There’s a reason some people call it an art form!Nov12.png

25 Skills Every Cook Should Know

Cooking is actually quite simple if you can nail the basic kitchen skills. No one starts out as a master chef — even those kids on “MasterChef Junior” had to start somewhere. If you’ve burned boiled eggs in the past or need to brush up on your skills in general, this article is full of handy resources that can help you.

Gordon Ramsay’s Most Brilliant Holiday Cooking Tips

Cooking dinner on a Thursday night is one thing, but preparing holiday meals is the equivalent of the major leagues. It takes a lot of time, skill, and some excellent recipes to make a holiday dinner that captures the spirit of the season. Celebrity chef (and the source of many cooking nightmares) Gordon Ramsay has some helpful advice for holiday cooking that will impress your whole family.

How To Make The Most Of Your Leftover Food

Unless you measure everything just right, you’re going to have some leftovers after every meal. This uneaten food doesn’t have to be destined for the garbage. With the right storage strategies and a little creativity, your leftovers can return to the table better than ever. These tips can help you make good use of your leftovers, saving time and money on future meals.

Just For Fun: 18 Reasons You Should Watch ‘The Great British Baking Show

“The Great British Baking Show” is the most wholesome, relaxing, intense reality show ever to grace television. If you like good food, competition, and programs that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, let TGBBS be your next Netflix binge.

May your next meal be a masterpiece,

Tim