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A Very Happy New Year

According to a Harvard study, it turns out that a wandering mind is the leak in your happiness bucket. Mindfulness creates a state of flow and well-being. Happiness is found by anchoring your thoughts in the present moment, even if you are at the dermatologist.

When your focus needs more focus, here are six ideas.

One: a set of sharp, bright pencils and a coloring book. I saw that eye roll. Yes, this is new-agey; I have no comeback. But it works.

Two: a brand new journal. Write down your walnut’s wanderings and close the cover, people.

Three: a jigsaw puzzle. Rediscover some Tarheel charm and industry with a few hours and one of these bad boys.

Four: an instructional on a new practice, like yoga. You can do this at home with no witnesses.

Five: a new recipe. You’re gonna have to eat dinner anyway, so you might as well dig in and learn how to make a new dish. Or dessert!

Six: I almost forgot: a great BOOK. Whatever your favorite—fiction, poetry, biography, sci-fi, thriller, young adult—we can help you find a gripping escape.

And since you can get all of these things—plus chocolate!—at your local bookstore, McIntyre’s can make you more happy. Fact.

– Kelley Fitch, Bookseller

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Style Resolutions

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