Interview with Rachel From Dance With Joy!

Have you met Rachel? If so, you would surely remember. She is a positive ray of sunshine, beaming with love! I followed her around her studio (which was hard, she never stops moving!). We chatted about her summer kids camps, and her online and in person dance lessons.

Watch this video to see how she continues to support her community, and is keeping everyone safe. We even do an impromptu dance lesson at the end!

We start downstairs where she shows us some of the kids camp activities, then head to the upstairs studio around the 7 minute mark, and our dance lesson start at about the 14 minute mark.

P.s. this is my first attempt at filming, and editing an on site video! While it may not be the slickest production value ever you’ve ever seen, I can now add video editing to the things I’ve learned during the pandemic! Yay!

I Am Thankful For You!

Yes YOU! If your eyeballs are reading this post that means we have had, or currently have a connection. If I see you once a week or once a year I appreciate you!

Thanksgiving is coming up and I have been thinking about who and what I am thankful for. Here’s a short list: this little bird (pictured) and his sweet family. My sweetie, Eric. My supportive family. Oregon’s outrageous natural beauty. My Sellwood neighborhood, where parks with rivers, creeks, and big trees are all a short walk from my house. And last but not least, all of you! Without you I would not have a thriving business. We have a lot of fun together and I love how you support each other.

Did you know that expressing gratitude can improve your health? Research shows that grateful people have fewer aches and pains, sleep better, and are less aggressive than those who have more pessimistic outlooks. It’s hard to be a grump when you are counting your blessings!

This month I challenge you to share your gratitude. What are you thankful for?

Click here to leave a gratitude post on Fluid’s facebook page and you could win a movement + massage gift certificate. Winner will be announced in the December newsletter.

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Can Being Happy Protect Your Heart?

According to a recent study your outlook can and does affect your heart health.  People with the most negative emotions had the highest risk for heart disease and people who scored highest for happiness had the lowest risk.  One possible explanation was that happier people tend to lead healthier lives; eating better, sleeping better and getting more exercise.

“Naturally happy people certainly do experience depression and other negative emotions from time to time”, lead researcher Karina W. Davidson, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center tells WebMD. “But this is usually situational and transient.”

“If we are able to change people’s level of positive effect we may be able to lower their risk for heart disease,” Davidson says.

She recommends devoting at least 15 to 20 minutes a day to doing something enjoyable and relaxing. And make sure this activity is not the first thing to be abandoned on a busy day.

As with a lot of things in life deciding to be happy is a simple concept, but not always easy to implement.  Here are some tips on how you can bring more happiness to your life:

  • Express gratitude to those around you.  Say “thank you” and “I appreciate you” often.
  • Take a moment at the beginning of the day and imagine your day going smoothly as if you were watching it unfold on a movie screen.
  • Practice forgiveness.
  • Take note of even small good things that happen to you during the day.  Did someone let you in on the freeway?  Did you step right up at the coffee shop without having to wait in line?

I recently heard the phrase “inverse paranoid” which means instead of believing the world is out to get you, you believe that everyone is plotting to do good things for you.  What a great concept!