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Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone: Try Something New!

try something newLife is busy, often frenetic, and whether you are single, in a relationship, or perhaps have family, things can become routine. You can end up running on auto-pilot and in a rut, risking the joy of having passion and creativity in your life. And life is meant to be lived creatively.

This doesn’t mean that you should give up your job and abdicate your responsibilities. But it does mean that shaking things up a little might be good for not only the soul, but also for your overall wellbeing.

When you are too focused on work and the “business of the day” at the expense of your creativity you are only living with half of who you are. Trying something new, perhaps even something that provokes fear in you – whether it’s tap dancing, painting, learning a new language, skydiving, knitting, yoga, figure skating, writing, sewing, mechanics,  – whatever strikes your fancy and gets your mind, body, and spirit working outside your comfort zone, awakens the passion inside you.

Getting yourself out of a rut, and flexing muscles other than the ones you use every day, stimulates the brain and the body, and puts you in the mindset of discovery. It can stretch you in ways you never thought possible and give an added dimension to your life. And it doesn’t matter if you excel at your new endeavor.

Just the experience of it increases self-confidence, enriches your self-esteem, and gives you the impetus to keep trying new things and to grow as a human being. It makes you think differently about the person you are and see yourself anew.

And the best part of stepping out of your comfort zone is that it gives you a new appreciation for your life, yourself, and the things and people around you. You approach everything with fresh eyes and a new found gratitude for what you have.

Trying new things stimulates, brings fun into your life, and reawakens parts of yourself that may have lain dormant for a long time. It enhances your life mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. It makes you stronger, more open, and your best self. There is nothing better than that.
 

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How Physical Touch Benefits Us

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In many societies, touching, such as hugs, kisses on the cheeks and hands, are a normal part of everyday life. Often in these kinds of societies, people are generally happier and feel more connected to not just family, but to the community as a whole.

children huggingThere are even experiences of touch that are so common, we feel that we hardly notice them, such as, a pat on the back, or a touch of the arm when speaking to someone. Cutting edge research conducted by Dacher Keitner, editor of Berkeley University’s website, The Greater Good, touts the amazing benefits of touch, both conscious and unconscious forms.

According to Keitner, after many years of delving into the science of touch, even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant forms of touch, offer profound benefits. The simple act of touching releases and expresses our compassion for one another, and appears to be our primary way of experiencing and receiving compassion.

Many recent studies on the benefits of touch, including Keitner’s, have proved that touching has emotional, mental, and physical benefits. Touching has shown itself to be a fundamental part of achieving health and well-being. Touching also assists in our ability to bond, and to effectively communicate with one another.

Consider the question: Have you gotten enough hugs today?women hugging

Keitner’s groundbreaking research demonstrated through controlled experiments that human beings communicate emotions through touching, and that we are able to know intuitively what a person is feeling through touch. One experiment conducted by Keitner, placed two strangers in a room with a divider in between. One person was asked to stick his arm through an opening, and the other was asked to convey various emotions through touch. The chances of guessing accurately were proven to be only about 8%. However, remarkably, the participants in this study were able to guess emotions, such as love, gratitude, and compassion, correctly, at least 50% of the time.

Interestingly enough, Keitner’s study also showed differences in the way men and women communicate their feelings and emotions through touch, and it appears that Americans, compared to parts of the Eastern world, are touch deprived. Maybe, Americans see the act of touching as a sign of vulnerability, when in actuality, studies show that the experience of touch strengthens us and strengthens our ability to understand one another.
 

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