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WW Question: What Brings Me Joy and Improves My Health?

Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s time for us to take a look at how we’re doing in some area of our wellness again. On Monday, we talked about how pets can improve our health. I realize that not everyone is an ‘animal person’ so rather than making our Wellness Wednesday question specifically about animals, let’s take a wider view of things.

For pet owners, our pets become a part of the family and bring us joy. We don’t even think about how they’re improving our health. For those of us who don’t have pets, we may have other things in our lives that bring us joy and benefit our health without us even realizing it.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads: What are some of the things in my life that bring me the most joy? Do they also have the potential to improve my health in some way? How do I capitalize on that potential?

This is just to help us take note of anything we already have in our lives that may be benefitting our health. It certainly doesn’t mean that everything we enjoy has to have some ‘higher purpose.’ Sometimes simply enjoying them is enough.

On another (completely different) note….

If you read Monday’s post, you know we had to say goodbye to one of our fur-babies last Friday. He had been on medication and a special diet for two years, and we got both from Chewy. They were in the process of trying to get a prescription extension when he passed away. My Hubby contacted them to let them know we didn’t need the prescription anymore, and Monday afternoon, this was delivered:

Flowers sent from Chewy.com with condolences on the loss of our dog Coda

These lovely flowers were such a surprise, and an incredibly kind thing for Chewy to do. They didn’t stop there, though – we had received three boxes of (expensive) medication that we couldn’t use, so my Hubby asked if we could return it. If not, we were planning to donate it to our vet for people whose pets needed it but they couldn’t afford it, or if the vet didn’t take it, to our local Humane Society. Chewy refunded our money for the medication AND told us to go ahead and donate it. We have always had exceptional service from Chewy, and this just cemented our high regard for them. If you have a pet, I highly recommend you check them out at Chewy.com.

Back to Wellness….

There are so many things in our lives that can impact our health and wellness; some of which we don’t even realize. It can be helpful sometimes to just set aside some time to think about those things that may be improving – or hurting – our health. What better time than as we get closer to the end of our year?

What are some of the things that bring you joy? Do you have anything in your life that both makes you happy and improves your health? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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21 comments

  1. A cup of tea with milk.

    A massage.

    Telling a story that sounds saucy and naught and delicious… until the last line and watching my friend come unglued.

    A mindful breakfast (healthy, lots of protein and good fat, some carbs, cup of tea with lemon) sat down at a table and taking my time.

    A full nights sleep.

      1. In a time of mandatory isolation and distancing, the need for human touch does not go away. So I prescribed massages for myself not only to help with the stress but also because it’s safe, healthy, and necessary touch that helps keep depression in such times away.

        I am staying safe and well, thank you, and hope that you are as well!!! 💜

  2. Planis are very important to my mental health! I love to watch them grow and have seven that are low maintenance. Did you ever buy that Money plant for your husbands office? Mine is growing slowly but it’s leave are shaped like coins and are very shiny. I mixed some sand in the dirt to good drainage and it’s doing well. Very low light requirement like your husbands office.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Mel! I have quite a few plants too, but I haven’t gotten the money tree yet. I really do need to see if I can find one somewhere. Hubby would really enjoy having a nice live plant in his office. Thanks for reminding me I need to be checking on one!

    1. Thank you so much Bar. It’s hard to lose pets, especially when they’re so much a part of the family. The joy of having them far outweighs the pain though. I hope you’re staying safe and well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  3. For me, it’s just being around my family and our dog and watching them do their thing. Just living in the moment and thinking how can it not get any better than this. I know that’s a little strange but there are times in my life where I’m with my family and feel totally content and wishing this moment in time could last forever. That’s what usually brings joy to me.

    1. That’s wonderful Mark! It’s such a blessing when we can reach that level of contentment. I hope your December is off to a great start and that you and your family are well. Blessings to you dear friend!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Being able to see the beauty in everything truly is a gift. I’m glad you find so many things in life that bring you joy. I hope you’re staying safe and well sweet friend. Blessings to you!

  4. I missed Monday’s post, so first I want to offer my condolences. I do know how much our fur-babies add to our lives, and how empty a house can be after loss. Hugs, Terri.

    Birds also bring me joy. Not as pets, but we have feeders situated so that all the windows at the back of the house can see them. The love of birds also gets me out walking (when I can) which surely adds to my health.

    1. Thank you so much VJ. We’re definitely missing the little guy. We’ve been kind of surprised by how well his brother seems to be doing, but we’re glad he’s handling it well. Thanks for sharing about your joy with birding – I always enjoy seeing your photos you post. Isn’t it great that you can enjoy them by going out walking but also from your window when you can’t get out? I hope you’re warm and well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

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