What is it about rocking back and forth gently in a porch swing that takes us to that ultimate level of relaxation? Does the movement remind us of being rocked as children by a loving caregiver? Does the gentle sway send a signal to our brains to slow down and breathe deeply? I cannot explain it, but I can attest to the positive effects that sitting in a porch swing has on my body. My mind settles, muscles loosen, mood lightens. And, it doesn’t matter if the day is snowy and cold or hazy and humid; as long as I am dressed for the season, there’s no where I’d rather be than sitting in my porch swing, feet dangling, cares melting away.