Reflecting on these summer months, there are just some moments that simply stand out. As we work to practice gratitude and mindfulness, it’s the it’s the following feelings, sights, smells, and tastes that are most appreciated.
2. Cold water
Isn’t it amazing to walk in after a hot, sunny afternoon to a refreshing, cold glass of water at the ready. For variety, throw fresh herbs, fruit, and even cucumbers into a pitcher and fill with water. Keeping this in the fridge helps keep a refreshing drink. Another way to remind yourself to drink water is having water cup available at convenient spots.
3. Lawn games
In the summer, don’t people seem just a little more relaxed? You see it in the office, in your neighborhood, and even at the grocery store. This relaxed atmosphere makes more room for creativity! Take advantage—enjoy writing, crafting, music making, or enjoying an art project.
5. Getaway Weekends
6. Warm breezes
When you feel stress rising, let the warm breeze remind you to enjoy a couple of mindful deep breaths. It will give you a a couple of extra seconds to collect your thoughts to move forward.
8. Bike rides
Living near a bike trail provides an amazing summer opportunity to get outside and feel a warm breeze. Remember to wear a helmet!
9. Sunny days
It doesn’t get any better than a sunny day by the pool, lake, river, or ocean. Please remember to Slip, Slap, Slop (Seek and Slide). Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen, seek shade, and slip on sunglasses.
11. The grill
Nothing can match that smell of grilled food.. Fish, veggies, poultry, fruit, and lean meat all work well on the grill. My favorite is grilled salmon served with Asian slaw and grilled sweet corn. Yum!
12. Summer evenings
In the summer have that wonderful light that stays with us longer. It lets my spouse and I catch up on a walk after dinner. We enjoy all-fruit popsicles on the way.
What makes you happy in the summer?
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