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This year, think about how you can give Mom what she really needs: relaxation, energy, and support. From massages to tonics, our holistic suggestions will offer any woman the gift of better health.
Rethink date night
Yes, you could save the money you’d spend on a sitter and stay home watching movies on demand. But you won't be doing your relationship any favors. Research shows couples who pursue novel activities—going to a restaurant they’ve never tried, exploring a new neighborhood—have stronger romantic feelings for each other than those who do the same things over and over. More recently, researchers found people who are working toward a goal report a higher level of relationship satisfaction that is also apparent to outside observers. For the biggest boost in romantic attachment, combine both tactics, suggest prominent relationship researchers Arthur Aron, PhD, Frank Fincham, PhD, and Greg Strong, PhD. Perfect example: Plan a backpacking or cycling trip and get in shape on weekend hikes or bike rides together in preparation. The regular excursions will provide a shared activity, while the trip will give you a goal to work toward and a novel experience to share.
Tea for you
It’s associated with better bone health, higher metabolism, and reduced risk of certain cancers. And in a major, newly published, 13-year Dutch study, the more tea people drank, the less likely they were to develop cardiovascular disease. Is there anything tea can’t do? Well, it can’t make itself. Enter an electric tea kettle: Simply fill with filtered water, flick a switch, and you've got hot water in less than a minute. Trust us, you will drink more tea. Some favorites: Zhi Sweet Desert Delight, a sweet-spicy caffeine-free brew of rooibos (red tea), cinnamon, anise, and cacao nibs; Organic India Tulsi Green Tea, an antioxidant-rich metabolism booster that also relieves stress (thanks to herbal tulsi); and The Republic of Tea Mango Ceylon Black Tea Bags, an energizing blend of black tea and mango blossoms.