The energy-boosting power of dance!

I love to dance and it is one of the fastest and easiest ways to boost energy and break out of any kind of slump (writer’s block, tedious chore blues, loneliness & anxiety.)

Years ago when I ended a major relationship I was so down, lonely and disconnected. Depression is exhausting – mentally, physically and spiritually.

The last thing I wanted was to “rebound” and fill that gaping hole with another loser relationship.

I signed up for Salsa Classes.

Long story short, I got the touch and connection I craved, 2 min with this man and 2 min with that man! I made a fabulous new group of friends. We were all there for the same reason, just had different stories. This Friday night class was something I could look forward to and it brought back the simple joy of TIGF!

Physically I worked out the kinks in what had been a chronic back pain and danced my way back into a supple spine. Emotionally I built back my self-esteem (Salsa Dancing isn’t easy and positive non-threatening attention from 2 minute men was great!) I strutted and swayed my stuff right out of depression and fed my worn out adrenal glands the “right stuff”, FUN!

If you are feeling blah, depressed or down right exhausted, your cure could start with a dance class. Look at your life. If you don’t see a weekly date with joy, fun, and friends all the pills and massages in the world are not going to make a difference. Joy is part of the Fatigue Be Gone! prescription.

Let’s dance, dance, dance! (And post later and tell me all about it!)

Hugs! Viveca


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The Re-Energizing Power of the Pup! (and the purr)

Just back from my weekly volunteer time ay my SPCA. One day a week I walk dogs for a couple of hours and twice a month I host their TV Show called “Making Friends.” Some days I have to drag my butt in there but I always leave with a spring in my step and my heart.

According to Dr. Stephen Post, author, Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, “Stress related health problems improves after performing kind acts. Helping reverses feelings of depression, supplies social contact, and decreases feelings of hostility and isolation that can cause stress, overeating, ulcers etc. (like fatigue.) A drop in stress may, for some people, decrease the constriction within the lungs that leads to asthma attacks.”

Whew. That is a lot of good that comes out of doing good.

To locate your neighborhood shelter, go to and click on the “Animal Shelter” Tab. For more information about the healing power of pets and purrs, click here:
For more health benefits of hugs, smiles, friendship, laughter and gratitude, click here!
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Hold on tight and experience the healing power of the hug!

Yes, you are just a dozen heartbeats and thirty seconds away from feelin‘ fine.

All About The Re-Energizing Health Benefits of Hugs!

I’ve been doing a little experiment to see if something as simple and free as a hug could really make a big difference in how I feel AND re-energize my marriage.

Guess what? The answer is YES to both!

Here’s my 3 Step Hug Formula.

1. Before you part for work in the morning hug and hold on tight for thirty seconds. Take big deep breaths and relax into each other’s arms. Tell him that you love him and wish him well in his day.

2. When he returns … repeat with a welcome home hug.

3. Before or after dinner … repeat.

There. Easy isn’t it? Now, how about those health benefits … I got goosebumps when I read them because they confirm exactly how I have been feeling during this experiment!

1. Loving contact before a tough day at work “could carry over and protect you throughout the day,” says psychologist Karen Grewen with the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Yes. I have been feeling calmer and happier all day long.

2. When couples hugged for 20 seconds, their levels of oxytocin, released during childbirth and breastfeeding, increased. Those in loving relationships had the highest increases.
Yes again. Twenty seconds seems long the first couple of times but we settled right into this routine and I love feeling his heartbeat and breath on my cheek.

3. “Scientists are increasingly interested in the possibility that positive emotions can be good for your health. This study has reinforced research findings that support from a partner, in this case a hug from a loved one, can have beneficial effects on heart health,” said Dr. Charmaine Griffiths, spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation.
My heart feels happier and he’s been much less stressed.

Psst. Have you seen the Free Hugs Campaign Video? I LOVE this, click here to see it for yourself:

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Give Thanks = Feel Great. All natural energy and optimism boost.

Sometimes I need to go down-down-down to remember to do what I would tell a friend to do in exactly the same situation.

I came down with the flu officially on the 1st. It started with a niggling headache on the way to church. By the time I was walking down the isle for communion I knew I had to make a dash for it. I was about to faint or throw up – or both – in front of a crowd. Yikes.

Today is January 7th, . I’ve languished through seven days and nights of headaches and hot and cold aches. Now it’s turned into a full blown head cold and a huge snuffy nose.

Can you believe that I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself? This is not my triumphant launch of the New Year! Finally this morning I remembered the gift of gratitude and its awesome, re-energizing and healing benefits.

According to University of California David psychology Robert Emmons “people who remember to give thanks every day feel better, have more energy, are better liked and are more successful.”

He also went on to say that “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.”

Count me in! I can do this!

I would write more here but I have to get busy writing thank notes for Christmas gifts and gatherings. Then there are left over “thank yous” for being my friend, my brother, parent and … Then I’ll whip up a couple thank you notes to stuff in my husband’s lunch box and coat pocket. I’m feeling better just thinking about this.

If you are reading this note, you too are not feeling your mostest. Join me.
Put on some cool music, light a scented candle, gather some fun cards, a big glass of water, some cloth hankies! and take a gratitude break. Leave me a comment and let me know how good you feel a half dozen thank yous from now.


P.S. Stock up on fun Thank You Notes (pictured above) and raise money for animal rescues and shelters at

P.S.S. Check back here on Friday. I have HOT information to share. There is a BEST and natural time of the day for passion, creativity, tough tasks, breaks, collaboration and more. Imagine how easy life could be if you only knew …

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