The Weekly Weigh-In: The Imagination is a Weird Thing

Plus, RI is one of the healthiest states, good habits to make 2018 great, a dance party at the Children's Museum and more in health and wellness.

The brain is the wild, wild west when it comes to how much we know. Check out this super interesting article about imagination and the human brain’s ability to picture multiple images at once (read: it’s harder than you’d think). [Aeon]

While the holidays might seem like a time for excess, why not tone things down a bit and go simple and natural? Try pairing some natural wines with your holiday meal for a less-guilty sip. [Well + Good]

While Mass might have beat us (they’re number one, of course…) RI is still among the healthiest states. We came in at number eleven, up three spots from last year. [RIPR]

If resolutions aren’t your thing, a better way to set yourself up for success for the new year is by committing to and maintaining small changes. Don’t bother waiting for 2018 – pick up these good habits today, from taking twenty minutes of your day to read to giving yourself praise when it’s due. [POPSugar]

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping? These self-care gifts are the perfect way to support the important people in your life, whether that’s you (we won’t judge) or someone you love. From a Headspace app subscription to therapeutic aloe-infused socks, this list has what you need to send the message that self-care isn’t self-indulgent, it’s self-preservation. [Greatist]

Student groups at Brown and local high schools aim to spread sexual health awareness and to de-stigmatize sex-related questions. [Brown Daily Herald]

On the Run: Health and wellness goings-on

Dec. 23: Want a healthy, natural glow this winter? Check out the Natural Skincare Workshop to make your own Shea-based body lotion, cream and balm.

Dec. 24: Instead of gorging on Christmas Eve, why not cleanse your body with a Free holiday eve yoga at Laughing Elephant Yoga in East Greenwich?

Dec. 28: Okay, at face value this doesn’t sound health-related at all, but we vote that a night of Pizza and Pints at Sons of Liberty is a mental-health must after a stressful year.

Dec. 29: Get your kids off the couch (we know it will be tough when all they want to do is play with their new iPad) and take them to KidsJam, a fun, educational dance party at the Providence Children’s Museum.

Dec. 30: Want to learn how to kick chemicals out of your home? The Kick Toxins Out class is free to the public and will give you a step-by-step on how to use essential oils to kick those chemicals to the curb. The easy, simple and affordable tactics will blow your mind. They will also be giving some prizes away to some fortunate attendees.

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