Passions

Singing Your Heart Out

For those of you with questionable singing voices, please don’t click off this blog yet.   I struggled with how to keep you reading on.   Can you hum?

Joan Singing Climb Every Mountain

Recently, Dia, a friend of mine sang to her husband on a Facebook post.  It was so touching, I thought I’d look up the benefits of singing and humming.  Guess what?  Of all the many health benefits, singing and humming directly contributes to “world peace”.   If we all sang and hummed daily in our showers or in our cars, we would contribute to “world peace”.  Stay tuned for the upcoming challenge for world peace.

First, let’s talk about the health benefits.  Continue Reading

Unexpected Benefits of Hobbies

Do you have a hobby?

A hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.  There are so many benefits mentally and physically to having hobbies.  Most people that have hobbies are very passionate about them.  When you are in hobby mode, you are generally in a state of mindfulness and presence.  It is a form of meditation for many.

Young woman with a guitar.

Hobbies are a great way to divert your busy life into another totally different direction from time to time.  Studies have shown that hobbies are beneficial to your brain because they can release positive chemicals into your brain such as dopamine and create new neuro-pathways.   Hobbies can reduce anxiety.  For instance, I get very anxious on airplanes.  The first thing I do is whip out my crocheting and I am good to go.  No need for tranquilizers as long as I have my crocheting project.

Many hobbies enable you to express yourself like no other.  You put your own mark on your creations such as painting, woodworking, singing, gardening, even cleaning or decorating your home.  Having hobbies can generate a sense of pride and accomplishment.

They sometimes enable you to have a special group of friends outside of work that has the same interests or benefits from your hobby.  Socializing is now being touted as a must for good brain health.

Hobbies can contribute to key pathways to human flourishing.  They can provide happiness, friendships, community, beauty, purpose and meaning.  These are just some of the pathways.

Are you nearing retirement and work 24/7?  Continue Reading

Passions in Action

Get Ready to JournalIt is time to become your passions. This practice is a form of visualization but is going a bit deeper than the last exercises. Words have power. The written word creates a visceral response. This means that your reaction will create deep and emotional feelings versus reason, thought, or intellect.
This week select 3 of your top passions. Each passion should have its own piece of paper. Do not use the computer. This is a pen and paper exercise.
Write three to five sentences that describe what your life will look like as if you were living your passions today.  I call these your “signposts”. You’ll know your passions are alive when you notice these “signposts” materializing.

Tips

Don’t write about how you will get there.

Do not use negative words like “don’t,” “no,” or “not.”
Use positive words.  Have fun and use some “wacky” words, too.
I’ll put myself out there and use one of my passions as an example.

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