I’m Karen Hugg, the author of Leaf Your Troubles Behind: How to Destress and Grow Happiness Through Plants as well as fiction books featuring plants’ magical secrets.

In every newsletter, I offer seven ways to brighten your day, often using nature and always-proven strategies from happiness researchers. There are seven key strategies and they happen to spell out the word “leisure.”

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Karen Hugg
Knower of plant things. I write to inspire, garden for joy, raise kids for angst, laugh to survive. Learning collage and trying to be arty.