There’s no doubt that along with everything we enjoy about this time of year, the holiday season comes with its own unique stressors — social pressures, family dynamics, food over-abundance — so what do we do about it?
You can use this #TinyPractice from mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro anytime and anywhere to reconnect with a softer, kinder side of yourself.
The Upshot of Kindness
The small hand-over-the-heart gesture is a simple way to cultivate positive change in the midst of stressful moments. As Shauna shared at Mindful Living, a recent LifeWork event, practicing kindness with ourselves bathes our system with dopamine, which turns on the reward and pleasure centers of our brains — we are biologically designed to not only recognize that kindness feels good but also to take action toward creating more of it. This #TinyPractice is a great way to do just that.
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. She is coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline, a loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child.
Filmed at Mindful Living, a LIfeWork event held at the EILEEN FISHER showroom in New York City, fall 2017.