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Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

with Bonnie Gray

S2 E12: Choosing Joy Isn’t Selfish: You Are Worthy of Joy

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Many people feel guilty or selfish when they want to change traditions or plans for how to celebrate Christmas. Busyness is one of the biggest obstacles to experiencing a meaningful time with God and with family, in a way that would be less stressful. This episode arms you with you 6 different ways of celebrating Christmas that is scientifically proven to lower stress and boost happiness levels. Use these ideas to brainstorm and be reminded of how you best experience joy during the holidays. These ideas are inspired by the shepherds in the Christmas story.

Scripture: "Put away all fear, for I am bringing you good news of great joy.“ - Luke 2:10

Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: The healing practice of music therapy, lighting candles, enjoying hot coca, stargazing, engaging your five senses, and reading books.

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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Grau_Art
December 21, 2021
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Bonnie Gray is the author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured at Relevant Magazine, (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons.
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