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Conscious Cat Sunday: Why Coloring Books Are Good For Your Mental Health

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Adult coloring books are winding up on bestseller lists around the world, and it turns out that coloring is more than just a fun way to pass the time. Studies show that the structured, rhythmic motion of coloring eases you into a meditative state, which allows you to push negative thoughts and worries out of your mind, and which induces a profound sense of relaxation. Coloring is also a great way to explore your creativity. Spending 15 minutes coloring an image can give you a sense of having accomplished something beautiful, and that can carry over into other parts of your life.Continue Reading

Are You Stressing Your Cat Out?

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What in the world could possibly stress out a cat? They have their every need met by their faithful human servants, and are blessed with the freedom to do whatever they want with their days, whether it’s sleeping on the sofa, sunbathing in a windowsill, or playing with their favorite toys. To us, with our hectic schedules, deadlines and worries, it may seem an enviable life.

But the fact is, a lot of things can stress your feline companion and even make him ill. For example, most cats like their familiar routines, so anything out of the ordinary, whether it’s another new cat, a move, home remodeling, or even a change in the position of household furnishings, can cause them to feel stressed. In addition to changes in the environment, your cat can also be negatively affected by your own stress.Continue Reading

The power of laughter, and kitty mayhem

Yesterday I talked about how smiling can shift your vibration.   Today, I thought I’d talk about laughter.  Statistics show that the average kindergarten student laughs 300 times a day, yet the average adult only laughs 17 times a day.   The benefits of laughter have been proven in multiple research studies conducted at major universities.  Laughter reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, provides pain relief (the endorphins released while laughing are more potent than equivalent amounts of morphine!), and helps integrate both hemispheres of the brain.  It’s even equivalent to a small amount of exercise as laughing massages all the organs of the body.

A sense of humor provides the balance we all need to navigate the inevitable turbulence of life.  Everyone loves a person who can make them laugh.  Why not try a dose of laugh therapy today?  Exchange jokes with friends or co-workers, watch a funny movie, send someone a funny greeting card. 

To get you started, I’ll share this recent entry from a friend’s blog with you.  She lives with seven cats, and Morning Mayhem describes a recent morning when all the kitties went a little nuts.  It’s one of the funniest pieces of cat writing I’ve seen in a while.  I’m sure parents of multiple cats can relate!