Today's Daily Challenge Saturday Mar. 08, 2014
Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.
Share 1 way you could update or bring back a tradition you used to enjoy.
How to do it
Think about a tradition that has faded into your past. It can be an everyday tradition such as always having a nice dinner with a friend or family member on a Sunday evening, a tradition that's related to vacations or trips, or one that's connected to a holiday or birthday celebration. Now think about how you could bring that tradition back or modify it so it fits into your life now. For example, if you have fond memories of camping but can't get away for trips, could you go with your friends on a long nature walk? If you always made a favorite food with a special family member, can you re-create the experience with another person in your life now?
Why it matters
Traditions provide a sense of security and continuity in our lives, but as we grow older and become busier, many of them fall by the wayside. By thinking of a way to re-create or re-invent a tradition that's meaningful to you, you can tap into a source of comfort and pleasure – and may be able to connect with others in a new way, as well.
Celebrating New Year's in Scotland? Get ready for Hogmanay, in which the arrival of the year’s first visitor is considered to be a predictor of fortune in the year ahead. Male, dark-haired visitors are lucky and women or blonde men are considered unlucky.
- Joyce H.GrowingLevel 308
First thing that came to mind was card games, like canasta, with my maternal grandparents. Now, as a grandparent myself, we have 3 grands near by and we updated the games to a bit more action and play Pictionary or Jumbling Tower blocks.
In a baking mood today and will surprise husband with pumpkin cookies. By the time I alter the recipe so as not to send his blood sugar to the moon, the cookies will probably taste more like cardboard, or at least they would to me. I'm on my 3rd day without my beloved pretzels and so I'm not a person to be reckoned with. Giving them up (about 400 calories a night) has increased my admiration of people who can stop a bad habit cold turkey. I'm trying.
Thelma P., we racked up our points!
- Carmen D.BranchingLevel 64
This is one tradition that i can do now....if i could find the book. My mom and dad would read bible stories to us each night from a certain bible story book. I have one of those books i just have to find it.
The weather is warm but rainy. Love weather like this.
I dint know what made me stop on this channel this morning but i was watching dr. Mark Hyman talk about his 10 day detox. It sounds like something i really need to do.
I hope everyone has a greatly blessed day.
- Dee D.Flourishing
When my children were growing up we, naturally, developed a lot of family traditions based on holidays, family milestones, and other happenings. Once they grew up and started their own family traditions, I happily relinquished my role to each of them to continue or expand upon those traditions and make them their own with their particular families. I, in turn, can now be free to be my own non-traditional self.
James F. replied March 8, 2014 at 16:16 UTC:
- Karon R.BlossomingLevel 98
Thanksgiving meals have always been a big thing with our family, but they can also be a bit stressful. In the past, it was my responsibility to create the menu and cook the food, set the table, serve the meal, clean up afterwards. Basically do it all.
This past Thanksgiving, I sat both my adult daughters down and said "It's your turn." We turned it into a bring a dish which worked wonderfully! Additionally as we all work full time jobs, we decided to make it as un-stressful as possible and everyone wore pajamas. It was awesome! Even family who came "just for dessert" wore their PJ's in keeping with the theme of de-stressing the holiday. It was a wonderful day, and quite possibly a new tradition in our family!