Never heard of it? Neither had I until the term came to mind while finishing my morning walk. Mother's Day can be a bittersweet holiday, especially for those who have lost their mother, are childless, or who have outlived their children, as several of my friends have.
Mother's Day makes many women feel loved and appreciated, but others feel despondent and angry for a multitude of reasons. I spend Mother's Day in both categories. When I'm having a bad day and feel myself slipping into self-pity, I seek activities that will make me happy. Eating copious chocolate bars doesn't count, however a nibble or two can't hurt. I find walking helps as does reading a good book or spending time in the garden. Also, the simple act of smiling, not to mention a good belly-laugh, can help turn things around. I've heard laughing lowers cortisol levels and increases the production of dopamine, and all sorts of goodies that make you feel happy.
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