Gratitude + Giving

November 27, 2019

Gratitude turns what we have into enough!


Image: Le Mas Candille


Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving for our American friends! Cheers to our friends abroad (and happy Thursday).

Ah, yes…. tis the season for shopping, travel hassles, and crowds that go with them. Those back-to-back diet-busting parties. The requests for gifts and giving. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year.

That's why we've rounded up these expert-endorsed ways to help you dodge the seasonal blues and stay happy, healthy, and energized.
From quick stress-survival strategies to mood-brightening foods, here's your playbook to holiday cheer.


Holiday stress-busting tips

> Lighten your mood with sunshine
It stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which impacts millions of Americans every year.
To ease SAD symptoms, spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days, or ask your doc about phototherapy (a treatment using a box that emits full-spectrum light).


> Raise your spirits with a feel-good story.

> Take a whiff of citrus
Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.
For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.
> Plan 2 fun things!

As I write about in #ShineThroughtheNoise #Sparkcreativity, plan 2 fun things! When we do that, we always have something to look forward to! 
I am planning travel to places that inspired my Davanti thriller series, including the French Riviera.
I am also planning to make the most of Black Friday with this great news from our friends at the award-winning Le Mas Candille (see photo above for gorgeous inspo)! Check out their Black Friday sale to help with your shopping and a trip to look forward to!

Le Mas Candille Black Friday promo prices are here!




Read more about our first experience with the award-winning #TeamLMC




ICYMI, catch the other stressbusters.



And, by popular request, here are more details on the great Teen Cancer America backyard concert with Pink, Foo Fighters and The Who. We raised $4 million for Teen Cancer America!

Here I am with Howard a great TCA donor and friend, Laura and Ellen who flew in from Chicago with me for this stellar event! Here's a look backstage...


Thank you Ellen, Laura, Howard and Tina of Le Mas Candille who all donated to Teen Cancer America! Add your donation to ours here.


More photos and video from my front row view.



My last 3 moths have been very active and inspiring professionally and personally. Several meetings have helped me reconsider and redefine my next steps. I'll share more details next week. 



Thanks for reading!


All the best,
Akasha Lin
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker


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