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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Stress. Nobody seems to like it. Even the word “stress” seems stressful. But did you ever think that a certain level of stress can actually be good for you. It’s true.

This type of good stress is what psychologists call "eustress," and it keeps us vital and excited about life. According to verywellmind.com, examples of eustress include the “excitement of a roller-coaster ride, a scary movie, or a fun challenge.” Other instances include the anticipation of a first date or the initial day at a new job. Many other triggers like this create good stress, too. They keep us feeling alive and enthusiastic.

We also deal with something called acute stress, which arises from surprises that need immediate responses. These triggers aren't always happy and exciting, but they can (and should) be dealt with immediately so we can then find ways to relax again. Or at least that’s what the experts say.

I have long believed that a little stress is good. The butterflies in the stomach before a public speech, the awkwardness of meeting new people, or a competition of any sort all bring about a stress that makes us better — but there is a breaking point.

Al Deleon, the longtime Britt High School wrestling coach who passed away in 2020, often said: “A little bit of everything is good. Too much of one thing is bad.” That is true about most anything in life, but it is especially true about stress.

During the holidays, most of us feel extra stress. Some of it is the good stress that I mentioned previously, but much is just plain awful. Too much food. Too much family. Too much festivity. All of it crammed into too short of a period of time.

Well, this year I am going to do something about it. I am not going to stress about the stress of the holidays. I am going to accept it. Head on. In fact, I am going to issue a challenge to this thing called stress. Try to take this smile off my face. I dare you.

I am taking the time to hand-write Christmas cards. I am going to get my shopping done prior to Dec. 24. I am going to spin some Sinatra Christmas albums. I am going to watch “Frosty the Snowman” on TV multiple times. And I am going to drink a lot of eggnog.

But I better hurry up. There are only 17 days till Christmas! Good stress. Good stress.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Winds will be lighter today as highs will top out again in the upper 30’s. Thursday looks milder. On Friday, expect rain by midday that will change to snow by evening and linger into Saturday morning. Still to early to call amounts but expect at least 1-2” in the metro with heavier amounts to the northwest. The snowmelt starts right away as temperatures climb into next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Wednesday, Dec. 8
At: Wells Fargo Arena
Info: Easy listening music icon, James Taylor, takes the stage along with his All-Star Band and with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne. Wells Fargo Arena is located in downtown Des Moines at 730 Third St. For more information, visit iowaeventscenter.com.

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FROM KCCI: Knoxville tells family that pet pig must go

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Pumbaa the pig will need a new address after Knoxville decided the support animal violates the city code against having livestock in town. The potbelly pig has spent the past year and a half at a home on Marion Street. He has an outdoor shelter as well as a room in the house. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Two charged with stealing vehicles from Urbandale charity

URBANDALE, IOWA — A Des Moines man and woman are facing charges for allegedly stealing two vehicles from an Urbandale-based charity last month. EveryStep says a truck and a van were stolen from their facility on November 17th. The vehicles were found abandoned in Des Moines the next day. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Police: Man involved in altercation with officer has died after he and officer were both hit by a car

DES MOINES, Iowa — ... The 48-year-old DMPD officer remains hospitalized as of Tuesday. The 31-year-old police say was in an altercation with the officer has died, according to an updated release.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Restaurant Supply Company
1. Bolton & Hay, Inc.
2. Hockenbergs
3. Iowa-Des Moines Supply


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Meet Amy Llewellyn: The 12+ special education teacher at Vince Meyer Learning Centery.

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If you could have one superpower that only applied to your occupation, what would it be and why?
“Mind reader. Sometimes my students struggle to communicate what they need or what they are feeling. If I could read their minds, it would make solving problems or getting them what they need much easier.”


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Poll of the Week

How do you prefer your eggnog?

Right out of the carton
I don’t like eggnog


Which type of can opener do you have?

Electric - 18%
Manual -82%
None - 0%

Morning Chuckle

Why did the elf put his bed in the fireplace?

HE WANTED TO SLEEP LIKE A LOG! Got it Lori Bluml!  A second guess by Phil Kreznor.


What kind of poultry is always going to the bathroom?

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