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9 Gorgeous Photos That Will Totally De-stress You

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].

  • "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do—and not doing it." - Mary Little
    "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do—and not doing it." - Mary Little
  • "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
    "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
  • "I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex." -- Oscar Wilde
    "I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex." -- Oscar Wilde
  • "I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing." - Kather
    "I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing." - Katherine Mansfield
  • "Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens
    "Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens
  • "Water becomes clear through stillness. How can I become still? By fl owing with the stream." - Lao-tzu
    "Water becomes clear through stillness. How can I become still? By fl owing with the stream." - Lao-tzu
  • "Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in fl ashes of light from heaven." - Henry David Thoreau
    "Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in fl ashes of light from heaven." - Henry David Thoreau
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
    "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy
  • "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." - Louis L’Amour
    "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." - Louis L’Amour
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