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I admit; I’m a dreamer. And today my imagination is off sowing its wild oats in a tropical paradise.


Positivity researchers say that mind-travelling to a “Happy Place” is a valid happiness-enhancing strategy with powerful emotional benefits. Skeptical? Let’s put it to the test with some  palm therapy, why don’t we?  C’mon!



The Dalai Palma

Few images evoke that unmistakable vacation feeling & falling stress levels like a swaying palm.


Sunny serenity. Sea-scrubbed air. Salty freedom.


The legendary palm lives up to its lore & is a must for any honest-to-goodness, bona-fide tropical paradise.

After swaying palms welcome us to paradise, they immediately issue a demand: Slow down.


As our clenched shoulders & saturated psyches begin to relax, we oblige with deep-belling breathing. And movement that slows to the speed of sloth.


Palms sway to a song stirring in the distance–the sound of crashing waves lulling our brains to peace.

Photo: Diane Smith

The Dalai Palma. Exhale anxiety and inhale calm.





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You know how sometimes life starts to feel too serious?

Never less so than in the shade of a towering palm.

Throw in a thatched roof & all bets of returning to over-seriousness are off.

Ahh…the soothing silhouette. (Makes you want to close your eyes, take a deep breath, & just feel good, doesn't it?)



The iconic image signals:

•   An instant laid-back, Rasta vibe (time to unplug & recharge)


•   A tranquil zone where high-frequency brain beta waves (anxiety)

    give way to  alpha waves (calm)


•   A place to put down our phones & hold somebody’s hand


•   A place to lock into the feeling—the deep inner knowing—that no

    matter what life throws at us, “every little thing gonna be alright.”

    (Bob Marley, of course)

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