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News[letter] From The Happy Side

A Warm Greeting:

It’s been a special week. I (Alice) launched my newest book, A Story for Small Bear. This little story has been quite a few years in the making, and I’m happy to see it shared with the world!

I hope people love reading it as much as I’ve loved writing it. The initial idea for the book actually came from a parenting principle (giving the child responsibility to complete bedtime tasks in time for stories), and as soon as I created Small Bear and Mama Bear, their warm, secure, playful world began to take shape.        

I got great pleasure in escaping into Small Bear’s world as I wrote and revised (and revised and revised). Any troubles from this world were left behind. I reveled in the way Small Bear’s world felt. Even though there were things to do as Small Bear got ready for her winter’s sleep, there was still time to scratch in a cozy hole, to splash in the river, and to adventure in the tall trees, knowing Mama was near. Even though wind was biting and winter was near, their den was warm, and so was their love. “No dilly, no dally!” Small Bear reminded herself, and she saved enough time for stories before their winter’s sleep.

I hope we all can find that kind of warm, secure world to embrace us when we need it—whether we find it in a book, in a special place, or with a special person. 

We’ve included in this Newsletter an article about the Danish wellness concept of Hygge, which focuses on comfort and coziness. What can each of us do to bring more Hygge into our worlds? As winter draws near and especially this winter when we may be spending more time semi-quarantined at home, I think it’s essential to make our “dens” cozy and warm. This article gives some suggestions.

And last, speaking of warmth and security, this month not only brought a book birthday but Alan’s birthday as well. He’s my warmth and security. Please join me in wishing Alan a very Happy Birthday!

Warmly,

Alice

Quotes From the Happy Side

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” - Lucy Larcom

“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.” - Desmond Tutu

“A smile's warmth comes from the fire within the heart.” - Anthony T. Hincks

Article From the Happy Side

“Benefits of the Cozy Wellness Trend Hygge”

Hygge is a concept originated in Danish culture that focuses on living with a sense of comfort, coziness, and peace. This article discusses what it is, its benefits, and how to bring it into your life.

Activity From the Happy Side

I found this list in an article about comfort and safety and thought it offered helpful things to think about and do.

Steps to Feeling Safe:

  • The very first step is to recognize that safety does indeed exist and that you are deserving of it.
  • Think about the moments when you have felt safe and write about them. When you are feeling frightened, turn to your journal and focus on it. For example, if you remember feeling relaxed and warm laying on the beach, bring up a memory of that and allow it to flow into your fears.
  • It is important to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly and hang out with those who really have your best interest at heart.
  • Discover what unconditional love really means and apply it to yourself-accepting that you are not perfect and that is OK.

Source: The Importance of Feeling Safe 

Song From the Happy Side

The Small Bear Song” 

Join Alice and Alan and Small Bear for this happy performance!

As the winter sets in, stay safe and cozy out there. 

 

Warmly,

Alice and Alan

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