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Give (or Get) the Gift of Health
Now that you're making healthy living a part of your life, why not make it part of your gift giving — and getting — as well? Share your new lifestyle with others by giving gifts that will encourage them to adopt the same kinds of healthy habits you've adopted. And if your friends or loved ones solicit ideas for holiday or birthday gifts for you, suggest items that will help you reach your goals. You'll have more incentive to keep up with the healthy changes you've been making — without the challenges presented by traditional offerings like chocolates, cakes, and other high-calorie foods.
Healthy gifts include those that make it easier to eat well, exercise regularly (whether indoors or outdoors), or reduce stress. Consider these ideas:
• Exercise videos or equipment
• A meditation or self-awareness CD
• Workout clothing
• An assortment of herbal teas and a teapot
• Gift certificates for a spa treat such as a massage or pedicure
• Tickets to a concert or play
• A sports watch with a stopwatch
• A pedometer
• A colorful water bottle to take to workouts
• A yoga mat with a gift certificate to a yoga class
• A countertop grill or steamer
• A juicer
• A backpack or gym bag
• A basket of fresh fruit
• A portable music player
• A soothing tabletop fountain
• Aromatherapy bath products
• A cookbook featuring healthy fare
• An all-weather jacket
• Maps of hiking trails, or guidebooks to the outdoors
• A subscription to a fitness or health magazine
As you can see, there are many options for gifts that promote health and wellness. This list is just a beginning. This week, why not treat yourself or someone you love to one or more of these gifts — or put them on your own wish list?
Show hospitality to strangers for, by doing that, some have entertained angels unawares.
Never stop helping others because others think that they abuse you. That stranger can be Jesus and you lose the opportunity to serve, even in something simple.