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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

It’s not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life–and researchers believe it may help us break our bad habits.

By Lindsay LaVine

Keeping track of what you are grateful for may sound like like something Oprah Winfrey suggested decades ago.

But today, several new studies suggest that practicing gratitude isn’t just for the Pollyannas of the world. Here are three benefits to being grateful:

You’re helping other people.

Gratitude is about focusing on other people, says Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, a psychology professor at Baylor University, who led a study which will appear in the July 2014 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

“Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them–and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” Tsang said in a statement.

You’re focusing on what you have, rather than on what you don’t.

Tsang’s coauthor, Dr. James Roberts, a marketing professor at Baylor University, says materialists are less happy partly because they have difficulty being grateful for what they have. “As we amass more and more possessions, we don’t get any happier, we simply raise our reference point,” Roberts said in a statement. “That new 2,500-square-foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house. It’s called the Treadmill of Consumption. We continue to purchase more and more stuff but we don’t get any closer to happiness, we simply speed up the treadmill.”

You’re more patient.

In another study, researchers from Harvard, Northeastern University, and the University of California-Riverside found participants who practiced gratitude were more patient than their less grateful counterparts.

In that study, which appears in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, participants were given the opportunity to receive immediate cash or wait for a larger check that would be mailed later. Prior to making their selection, participants were randomly assigned to write about an event that made them grateful, happy, or neutral.

Those who recalled feeling grateful showed more willpower and opted for the larger check. The findings suggest a connection between gratitude and long-term thinking, which may assist in helping people quit smoking, lose weight, and spend money responsibly.

Hat tip: Baylor University, Harvard Business Review, Association for Psychological Science

A Winter Wedding!

Need the perfect outfit for a winter wedding? Boutique is filled with dresses perfect for the occasion.  Our stylists can help you find the right winter fabrics- dressy enough for a wedding and warm enough for winter.  Look for midi-length and sleeveless-  showing a little skin at the reception is always welcomed.  Wear with a chic shrug for warmth when needed.  Pointy pumps polish off the perfect winter wedding attire!

Effortlessly Chic!

3 easy ways to look effortlessly chic every day (as seen in People Style Watch):

1) Invest in flattering classics with a twist (items that can be dressed up or down; for example, a trendy dark floral jacket worn with an army-green utility jacket or a tailored blazer).

2) Experiment with unexpected hues (mix shades of whites and pastels with fall’s traditional dark colors).

3) Add easy, but chic, extras (layer simple necklaces with different pendants; red-tinted lip balm polishes casual outfits).

Our style experts at wish boutique can easily assist you with your effortlessly chic style!

 

 

 

 

Closet Clean-Out Tips!

Our closets need a little fall cleaning!  How about yours?  We thought we’d share these three closet clean-out tips we recently read in People Style Watch.  First tip, BE TOUGH! Donate clothes that don’t fit (too small or too big) and donate anything you haven’t worn in a year.  Secondly, HAVE FUN! Invite friends over and turn your clean-up into a swap and share party.  Friends are usually good at helping us get rid of items we don’t need. Lastly, GET ORGANIZED! Once you’ve donated and shared, take the time to color-coordinate, hang and neatly fold clothes.  Put your favorites in an easy place to reach!  Hope this helps you get ready for the fabulous fall fashion season ahead of us!

Get a Feminine-Edgy Look!

As seen in Style Watch magazine, here are 3 tips to pull off the feminine-edgy look. First, wear a girlie shape but in a tough material (i.e. a full midiskirt in black leather).  Second, remember the look should not be perfect.  Try an over-sized cardigan with a cute leopard-print dress or a chunky gray knit sweater with a floaty skirt.  Lastly, cool accessories matter! Platform oxfords give a tomboy look to a more feminine outfit. Dangly gold earrings dress-up any outfit.  Try out your best feminine-edgy look and share it with us on Facebook.

Sporty Pants – for this fall!

As seen in In Style magazine, a key piece of clothing this fall is sporty pants! Seen as a combination of athletic and leisure-wear, sporty pants have the polish of trousers but the comfort of drawstring pants.  Best way to wear these: make it office-appropriate with dressier fabrics (silk, cashmere or leather) and wear with heels; pair the pants with a structured top (boxy blazer or fitted sweater); and pick a cinched ankle style to help streamline the look.

What do your closets say about your personality? Take a quiz!

Take the this fun quiz and discover secrets about you stashed behind closet doors.

1) What colors dominate your shelves? a) Bright colors or b) Black, gray and neutral shades.

2) The hangers you use are: a) Whatever is handy or b) Padded- never wire hangers.

3) When unpacking groceries, you: a) Put items wherever there’s room or b) Keep everything in its own section.

4) If someone opened your closet, what would he or she think? a) It needs organizing or b) Wow, that’s a lot of clothes!

5) What would you store in a spare closet? a) Whatever can’t fit in the bedroom or b) Private papers.

6) Do you place perfumed soaps in your linen closet? a) No, but that sounds like a good idea or b)Yes- they make everything smell fresh.

7) If you haven’t worn something in more than a year, do you donate it? a) No- it may be back in fashion or b) Sure.

Scoring:

Mostly A’s: Organizing your closet is not on top of your to-do list. You’re a carefree, informal type of person who feels neat and orderly can wait.  A phrase that holds truest to you: “Take me as I am.” You’ll get around to overflowing closets in good time.

Mostly B’s: A bit of a perfectionist, you value your prized possessions and take good care of them.  You know where everything is in your home and de-clutter your space often. One of your biggest pet peeves would have to be people who are messy!”

Quiz taken from Star Magazine, June 2014.

 

 

 

Overalls Comeback?

Overalls are making a comeback!  As seen in In Style magazine (May 2014), overalls are back.  The cut is much more flattening than the overalls worn in the ’90’s though.  If you are ready to take on this fashion trend, come see us at wish boutique.  In Style suggests upgrading the overalls look with “more classic and elegant pairings”.  Wear your overalls with a button-front classic shirt, ballet flats or even simple stiletto sandals.