READ: I’ve got love on my mind this morning as I prepare a sensory feast for the near and dear people attending my annual holiday soirée this evening. As you gather with your loved ones this season it might be useful to reflect on this sometimes mysterious force that draws us together and builds bonds of connectedness.
Positive psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson, offers us some deeper insights on the underlying mechanism of love in her book, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become.
“Evidence suggests that when you really “click” with someone else, a discernible yet momentary synchrony emerges between the two of you, as your gestures and biochemistries, even your respective neural firings, come to mirror one another in a pattern I call positivity resonance.
Love, from your body’s perspective, is a biological wave of good feeling and mutual care that rolls through two or more brains and bodies at once. Your body needs these micromoments of positivity resonance just like it needs good food and physical activity. These micromoments, our research shows, nourish both you and the other person. The more of these micromoments you each have, the more each of you grows happier, healthier, and wiser.”
EAT: Another way that we often experience “positivity resonance” with one another is by making and sharing delicious food together! I discovered the delectable goodness that isMississippi Pot Roast at my dear sister Gené’s 40th birthday celebration in June, and I’ve got one simmering in my slow cooker right now. This pot roast simply melts in your mouth and fills your palate with buttery goodness. It couldn’t be simpler to make, so if you need a quick and easy dish for one of your holiday gatherings, here’s the recipe!
1 (3-4 pounds) chuck roast
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 packet au jus gravy mix
1/4 cup butter
4-5 pepperoncini peppers
Place roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle the top with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix. Place peppers on top of the mixes, and add the butter.
Cook over low heat for 8 hours. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
LISTEN: As I was trimming the trees and hanging up sprigs of holly around the house this morning, I was listening to one of my all-time favorite Christmas records, Emmylou Harris’ 1975 Americana classic, Light of the Stable. It’ll get you in the holiday spirit, guaranteed!
Make this week magnificent!