The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. When travel, in-laws and gift-buying are added to your likely already-busy schedule, it's not always easy to budget time to unwind.
If you don't have time to indulge in a good book or short story, we suggest you at least take the advice of one wise writer who knew a thing or two about slowing down. Thoreau once wrote, "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
In keeping with this mantra, National Geographic has recently published a collection of their most calming nature photos, coupled with quotes that will remind you of what really matters. Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and check out these soothing images from Daily Calm: 365 Days of Serenity [National Geographic, $19.95].