Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Best Remedies are Free?

I'm not a medical doctor, so I can't really dispense medical advice. I can say that many of the raw ingredients I use in the Stella Marie line are highly beneficial to your health, but I can't say, for example, that our products will cure your skin problems. I can only use quality ingredients and solid formulas to create products that I feel good about.

Lots of people spend tons of money on products that companies guarantee will heal them. But, some of the best remedies are totally free! Generosity can be a great way to beat the blues. Harvard Business School Associate Professor, Michael Norton writes, "Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop (with happier people giving more, getting happier, and giving even more)." You can actually elevate your mood when you donate your time or your expertise. And the more you do it, as Mr. Norton points out, the better you feel. I have a policy of keeping single bills on me most times. I love to feel the human connection when I give a person in need a buck or two. A random act of kindness helps both parties - the giver and the receiver.

Standing out in the sun for 30 minutes can elevate your mood, too. That fire ball in the sky emits tons of Vitamin D and when you absorb it, you are likely to feel happier and more energized! Cost = Free (except for a little sunscreen, of course).

You know the old saying, laughter is the best medicine? Well, there is a lot of truth to that! When we laugh, we release endorphins and we instantly become happier. I still use the movie Tommy Boy to lift me out of a funk.

Regular exercise can have huge health benefits! Studies have shown that it can even add years onto your life. And taking a daily walk around the park or your neighborhood won't cost a thing.

Enjoy your favorite products, but don't forget to take advantage of the things that don't require your wallet, too.