Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Spreading Wellness: How will you release oxytocin today?!

"A laugh is a smile that bursts!" ~Mary H. Waldrip

Stairs are clear, no barriers, a look of determination, a look back to see if there will be resistance, none, GO FOR IT! Crawling as fast as her little arms and legs could carry her, she sped off toward the stairs without looking back. Up 3 of them, she turned around to see an adult, but since the adult smiled at her, she put her determined face back on, giggled a joyful giggle, and continued to the top...turning around only to see that she made it, crawling to get away from the edge, and it was then that she paused, and burst into a fantastic smile! Going back to the edge, looking, wondering if she should venture back down, crawling away again, turning and pausing with a look of satisfaction. "I DID IT!," spread across her face, filling herself and those around her with a great burst of accomplishment and excitement!

Those were the days; the days with continuous moments of accomplishment. The days that we celebrated the small milestones in our development, naturally, excitedly. The days that those surrounding us instinctively gave us a high five, and a hug at the completion of a small victory. The days that we lived in the moment, celebrated spontaneously, and easily loved ourselves. The days that we spontaneously and generously released oxytocin within ourselves, and those around us.

Those are the days that we can look back upon for inspiration into our future. Do you remember how you felt as a child when you accomplished something? Do you remember the excitement and joy when your friends/loved ones gave you that spontaneous hug of celebration? Do you remember how you felt when you gave that spontaneous hug to a friend or loved one? Maybe you still give them, and that is fantastic! Have you ever thought about the jolt of oxytocin that those moments gave/give you?

Last week I shared my gratitude for all of my friends and family who are supporting the opening of E3 Twin Ports, LLC. This week, I want to share something else that I am grateful for. I am grateful for the abundance of knowledge in my personal and professional life that has been sparked by TED Talks. Recently, I learned more about the science behind why hugs are so important in life...in the developing child, and in our adult lives as well.

If you have 16 minutes to learn more about the reasons why, you can click on Paul Zak's TED Talk.
http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_zak_trust_morality_and_oxytocin If you don't have 16 minutes to listen, Paul Zak's take home message is: "8 hugs a day will help you to be happier, and make the world a better place."

How do these stories relate to E3 Twin Ports, LLC? Helping to build confidence, empower individuals, and improve the energy of everyone around us is the core of our business! We do this through coaching lifestyle changes, celebrating the small successes, encouraging growth, and spreading wellness. Ultimately, "making the world a better place."

High Five Clip Art from
Would you like to be a part of this wellness movement?! Join one of our classes! By enthusiastically, actively, and consistently participating in one of our activities, you can be a part of this movement!  We offer indoor fitness classes, Zumba, and others based on Music and Movement. We offer outdoor recreation activities, and Wellness Retreats. But wait, our offerings continue! You may want to improve an activity that you currently do, if so, personal training is your ticket. OR, maybe you would like help making lifestyle changes, then our Wellness Coaching sessions are right for you. Our highly educated staff can help to coach lifestyle changes, no matter your ability. And, every day, you have an opportunity to mark your progress (through consistent participation/lifestyle change), and every day, you have an opportunity to celebrate your little successes! Every day you have an opportunity to give and receive a hug, releasing oxytocin within yourself, and others, making the world a happier place.

I encourage you to reflect upon your life, determine what your "stairs in the world" are, and choose how you will climb them. Then, celebrate your milestones!

How will you release oxytocin in your personal physiology today? I am empowering you to take that next step toward spreading wellness, by giving a spontaneous hug, and making this world a happier place!

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