University of Rochester researcher Thuy-vy T. Nguyen, M.A. recently completed 4 studies related to solitude. Here’s one of the major findings her work revealed, which is summed-up nicely by Bella DePaulo Ph.D. in a recent Psychology Today article:
“In short, the people who sat alone by themselves for 15 minutes with no electronic devices, and who got to choose what to think about, or who thought about positive things (by choice or by assignment) had very positive experiences of solitude. They felt calmer and less angry or anxious, without also feeling any sadder or lonelier, and without losing any of their feelings of excitement or enthusiasm.”
15 minutes of quiet – no phone, no laptop, no TV, no music, no iPad or Echo – can increase positive feelings and reduce stress. How wonderful is that? Doing nothing is good for us!
Here’s how to unwrap this personalized, peaceful present that will keep on giving to you throughout the year!
- Sit quietly for 15 minutes.
- Think about any positive thoughts you like.
- Relive your happiest or simply fond memories or anything else that brings you pleasure.
- And, then enjoy the benefits of feeling more peaceful!
Give yourself this free and easy, sure-fire gift to make your life feel more relaxing and fulfilled this holiday season.
You deserve it! Unwrap your 15-minutes-a-day for the next 21 days, and see how your happiness grows.
“Tis the Season to be jolly . . .
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