The holiday season brings a lot of reflection on life and relationships. It can also be an especially hard time for those who have had a tough year. Sometimes one of the most thoughtful and special gifts can be an relatable, inspirational book to help pick someone up and bring hope to their day. Chicken Soup for the Soul books are fantastic for doing just that! We're planning to gift Simply Happy, The Power of Gratitude and The Joy of Christmas this year.
November and December have long been filled with cookies, cakes and all around 'pigging-out' celebrations. While I'll be the first to say that I look forward to it each year and go a little crazy on the dessert table, it's a disaster on my diet. Many weight battles are based around self-control and a better mindset. I've heard a lot about the connection between meditation and weight, which makes sense considering it connects to frame of mind. Meditate Your Weight is a book that creates a 21-Day Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great.
Here's a great description about the book that will help to decide if it's the right gift for you or someone else:
'Hundreds of medical studies have shown the spectacular health benefits of meditation. Now Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, puts that scientific research to good, practical use by incorporating easy-to-use, targeted meditations into a unique weight-loss program. This 21-day plan optimizes health as well as body image by tapping the hidden strength of the mind. We learn a whole new way to lose weight; and it takes just a few relaxing and energizing minutes a day.
- How to get started: advice for new meditators (no weird positions or chants required)
- 3, 5, 7, and 10 minute meditations that bust cravings, break self-defeating habits, stress-proof the body, and reboot the brain
- What to eat—and the top 5 foods to consider avoiding
- How to continue your success after your 21-day retreat
- Bonus: 10 stress-relieving, cardio-revving yoga exercises to complement the plan
We hope these suggestions help you to find the perfect gifts to brighten someone's day this season!