Sweetness alert!! We’re about to get a wee bit corny and a wee bit cute. Mainstreaming cuteness is mandatory in a time of crisis. So here’s to NOT using excess food and using healthy distractions instead!  

At Beacon, we are all about developing skills instead of turning to food to “soothe”. One skill we love is a pure, unadulterated overindulgence that has nothing to do with warming up the stove, and everything to do with warming up the heart. 

Cuddling up with your pet, or a viral puppy or kitty video is a coping skill we ADORE.  Hit replay and scroll the cuteness. We are begging you to do this for 5 minutes or 500 minutes a day. Why? It’s fun, and —-  there is science behind it!

Pet therapy is excellent for physical and emotional health.  It comes down to a hormone called oxytocin. Sometimes known as the “cuddle hormone” or the “love hormone,” because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. 

Who doesn’t feel a smidge better just looking into the eyes of pure animal love?  Interacting with animals increases levels of oxytocin, according to the Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Emotionally this is A-MA-ZING. And access to animals reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   Other benefits include simply feeling cozy inside and smiling!

If you don’t have a pet of your own — borrow, foster, or just click onto some cuteness on your computer screen. 

The best “eye candy” ever!

Shine Bright! 

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