Fall is my favorite time of the year!
My birthday is in the fall, the kids are back in school, and I love having time to do all the things I’ve put off all summer. Things like cleaning the house, storing patio furniture and summer clothes, and bringing out warm blankets to get ready for cold weather! Crisp air, cooler nights, the smell of burning wood, and evenings beside a crackling fire are just some of the things I love about fall.
The Power Bowl Recipe on page 5 is a great way to kick off the season. LG Health nutritionist Janelle Glick focuses on clean eating using unprocessed whole foods in their natural form. Positives from cooking and eating whole-food meals include having more energy, improved digestion, and spending more time together as a family and less money eating out. Janelle’s LG Health Hub blog is authored by LG Health physicians, therapists, nurse practitioners, and other health experts who offer practical advice on just about any topic. You’ll find these wonderful articles and clean eating recipes on her blog at LGHealthHub.org.
There’s another essential ingredient for living a happy life; it’s called joy and happiness.
“Choose Joy,” by counselor and psychotherapist Kelly F. Dennis on page 9, states that brain science research on happiness and joy found that those who are happy and joyful actually choose happiness and joy. Kelly points out what writer Henri Nouwen writes: “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and then keep choosing it every day.” Researchers found that 20–30 seconds of the feelings we have when we’re hugged by a dear friend, or the laughter of a grandchild, or the beauty of a sunset can strengthen the pathways in our brains. Finding joy and happiness in the simple things…we know we can choose happiness, no matter what.
Upcoming events you’ll not want to miss: The Women’s Expo at Spooky Nook Sports on October 12—there’s a free entry coupon on page 19. Holiday open houses for Heritage Design Interiors (Nov. 7‒17 in New Holland) and Inshanti Pure Essential Oils (Nov. 21‒23 in Kinzers). Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork celebrates their 40th anniversary in October with a month of activities and discounted services every single day (see page 21).
Fall is the beginning of another season full of joy and happiness throughout the city and county, and a time to thank all our wonderful contributors and readers. We love and appreciate you!
With special thanks and appreciation to our wonderful men and women in the armed forces who keep us safe and free to enjoy everyday life. Our happiness and joy are a direct result of their sacrifice.
With blessings for a wonderful fall,