Apr 21, 2018

Tackling your garden makes you happier

She trundled her wheelbarrow back to the greenhouse, wandered through the
smell of rich, moist earth; burgeoning flowers; sharp, strong greens, selecting the
plants she’d nurtured for this particular project.
Good, steady physical labor in the warm afternoon. That made her happy, too.
Who knew she had such a capacity for happy?

The Witness


By Si Griffiths - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

'The repetitive nature of a lot of gardening jobs allows you to really be in the moment and forget your worries. It may sound corny but the way it clears your mind helps you notice the beauty around you, and in our busy, hectic lives we have filtered out a lot of that, so just getting back to nature can be a real tonic.'


An hour later, she stepped back and checked her progress before going inside for ice to add to the tea she’d left steeping in the sun.
“It’s going to be beautiful,” she told Bert. “And we’ll be able to sit on the porch and watch the butterflies. I think we’ll draw hummingbirds, too. 
I’ll love seeing all this grow and bloom, the butterflies and birds. We’re putting down roots, Bert. The deeper they go, the more I want them.”
She closed her eyes, lifted her face to the sun.
Oh, she loved the way the air sounded, loved the way it smelled.

The Witness

Apr 20, 2018

Home Happiness test

Professionally, her life was besieged by problems, pain, frustrations. 
To compensate, she kept her private world organized and simple. 
Because she’d grown up with the cushion of
wealth and education, she took the Matisse print on her wall and the Baccarat crystal on
the table as a matter of course. 
She preferred clean lines and pastels, but now and again
found herself drawn to something jarring, like the abstract oil in vivid strokes and
arrogant colors over her table. 
She understood her need for the harsh as well as the soft,
and was content. One of her top priorities was to remain content.

Sacred Sins


By Alan Light - Living room, CC BY 2.0, 

Are you a ‘home wrestler’ or a ‘home warrior’? 

Take Sarah's test to see how much you love your home and what you could do to it to make you happier!

Apr 19, 2018

Smelling Your Partner’s Stinky Shirt Makes You Feel Better

But he started to hold her back when she would have moved into him. 
“Let me rinse some of this sweat off first.”
“I don’t mind it. It’s basic and natural, and …” 
She pressed her lips to the side of his throat. “Salty.”

The Witness


By Pablo Heimplatz pabloheimplatz - 
https://unsplash.com/photos/M1doNY5gdZs, CC0, 

Researchers out of the University of British Columbia say that smelling your partner’s scent can help lower stress levels 


Twilight deepened, cooling the air, but she felt only the heat from his body 
as she pressed against him. He smelled of horses and leather. 
Dazed, she thought that the scent must be part of some deeply buried fantasy.

The Name of the Game 

Apr 18, 2018

A Fulfilling Career

The story Nora Roberts likes to tell of her transformation from harried homemaker to 
published novelist reads like something from one of her novels: 
Stuck at home with her two young sons during a 1979 snowstorm, 
the Silver Spring native started writing longhand, 
and the epiphany hit: 
“ ‘This is it . This is the thing I am meant to do.’ 

Nora Roberts @ WP


By Melchisedek ABAKA [CC BY-SA 4.0 
(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons47

Why Having a Fulfilling Career Makes Me a Better Mother

Before I became a mother, I was a woman with my own dreams, ambitions, and creative desires, just like anyone else. Then when my son was born, the role of motherhood was thrust upon me and all of a sudden I had two new identities to cater to, but how would I manage both without sacrificing one for the other? 


She needed this job. 
Not just for the salary—and it was generous—but for the structure, 
for the challenge, for the doing. Doing more, she knew, than circling the wheel
she'd fallen into back home.
She needed a life, something more than clocking time, drawing a paycheck 
that would be soaked up by bills. 
She needed, however self-help-book it sounded, 
something that fulfilled and challenged her.

Blue Dahlia

Apr 17, 2018

Easy Outdoor Chairs You Can Build

“No. You could use a new rocker for your porch. The one you have is ugly.”
“It’s not ugly. It’s serviceable. And it needs repainting.”
“The left arm is warped.”
She opened her mouth to deny it, then realized she wasn’t sure either way.

The Search


By Moritz Poll - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

These amazing outdoor chair projects may look difficult to build, but they're actually really easy—even for a beginner! We've got the step-by-step plans for each project, so all you need to do is decide which one will look best in your backyard; then get started!

Apr 16, 2018

Helpful Infographics Visualize Complex Branches

“Wait. Wait. Mackensie? The redhead you had a crush on in high school?”
Defeated, Carter rubbed the spot between his eyebrows again. “I should never have told you about that. This is why I rarely drink.”
“But, Cart, this is like kismet.” Excitement rushed through the words. “It’s like return of the nerd. It’s the big chance to follow up on a lost opportunity.”
“It’s coffee,” Carter muttered.
Flushed with enthusiasm, Bob jumped up, grabbed a piece of chalk. On the board he drew a circle. “Obvious, the circle. You’re completing one, and completing it just means taking point A and point B—” Within the circle he made two dots, connected them horizontally. “Up to point C.” He drew another dot at the apex, then joined it with the other points with two diagonal lines. “See?”
“Yes, I see a triangle inside a circle. I’ve got to go.”
“It’s the triangle of fate inside the circle of life!”
Carter hefted his briefcase. “Go home, Bob.”
“You can’t argue with math, Carter. You’ll always lose.”

Vision in White