Last time I went, I brought home a small stack of magazines to peruse, and then I shared them with some other ladies. I did rip out a few recipes to try, and thoughts to try.
I just found one quote that went along with (or likely influenced) my last post on being content. I wish I knew what magazine it was torn from (I think it might be Oprah's):
Making Joy a Goal may not be the best idea. According to a study in the journal Emotion, women who place a high premium on happiness tend to be more depressed, perhaps because they feel disappointed with their failure to meet their high standards.
Under that quote was this one:
A Rigorous Review in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine showed that for depressed people, finding contentment may be as simple as doing nice things: "Positive activity interventions" - such as performing acts of kindness, counting one's blessings, and writing letters of gratitude - reversed apathy, stimulated the brains' pleasure circuits, and restored happiness.
I just wanted to give credit where it was due, and am comforted in thinking that there are others in the world who might have similar thoughts. Today, I am feeling pretty content.