3 ways to increase joy in your life
A moving reset
Research has shown that a myriad of health and brain benefits stem from gratitude, kindness, and compassion towards others (and ourselves). But, according to Dallas author Kay Wills Wyma, it’s magic when you deliberately practice the three intentions together to face the challenges of the day. Wyma, her family and a few friends gave it a try and she invites others to do the same by The Peace Project: a 30-day experience putting gratitude, kindness and mercy into practice (Revell Edition). The blogger, vodcaster and mother of five shares her journey, as well as chapters full of practical applications, in this encouraging read. Get the book or design your own 30 day challenge. “When combined, these three can gently reset the dislocation of our hearts, filling unrealized voids with peace – sometimes for days,” writes Wyma.
Music to your ears
They say music is food for the soul – and it’s even better when it’s free. Head to Paul Quinn College to celebrate the onset of summer and the cheerful sounds of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. on June 15 in a free outdoor concert featuring patriotic music and American classics. Masks are encouraged but not required, and groups are limited to 10 people. The concert takes place at 3837 Simpson Stuart Road in Dallas. In the event of rain, the show would move inside the Tiger’s Den gymnasium.
Endless hours staring at a computer screen can take its toll on your eyes. Practice the “20-20-20” rule offered by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other ophthalmology experts: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Better yet, grab some water and get moving. Not only will your eyes thank you, experts say these short breaks can help provide the mental break you need to boost your productivity.