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being thankfulLast November, I wrote about gratitude letters, how I wrote a note of thanks to the people in my life who I am grateful for, listing reasons why they were so special to me. This year, I’ve decided to show my appreciation for my loved ones in a different way. I’ve told them the special things about themselves that I love and appreciate; now it is my turn to do special things for them. What can I do to make the people I am thankful for thankful for me? How can I brighten their lives, or make them easier; what can I do to fill them with gratitude?

It’s easy to make the decision to be my best self with the people around me; it’s much, much harder to actually put that into practice. In order to hold myself accountable for my actions and decisions, and to work towards being someone that the people in my life are grateful for, I wrote a (brief) list of what I could do to contribute positively to the relationships I have.

Thankfulness Among Various People

The relationships I have with my loved ones are all different; what I’m thankful for when it comes to my husband isn’t necessarily the same thing he’s thankful for when it comes to me. So I made it simple. I asked. What do I do that my husband is grateful for? My children? My parents? And now I know exactly how to show how appreciative I am of having them all in my life – by making the conscious choice to behave in a way that will help them appreciate me. [click to continue…]

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Building Your Confidence Plays A Role In Success

Contrary to the belief of some, making money doesn’t have to be difficult. A large portion of your success will be determined by your own self-confidence and esteem. It’s more of a mental blockage than a run of bad luck or failing job markets. Your own views of yourself can cause doubts, which lead to less risk-taking. If you want to make money in order to live a comfortable lifestyle, you need to focus on your mental state first. What […]Read the full article...


Less Stress, More Happiness: That’s The Power Of Positive Thinking

It has been a long process (six months and counting), but my family and I are finally getting our new home. We had some obstacles to overcome along the way and now that it is almost ours, we are faced with the reality of owning a new home that, while new to us, is not quite new or even livable yet. There is a list a mile long of things that need to be done that we can’t even begin […]Read the full article...

spa day

The Mental Spa – Meditation For Peace and Relaxation

I don’t know about you, but not every day can be spa day. But I still need a way to feel the same healthy relaxation I do after an hour or two of steam and scent. After attending my weekly yoga class for a few months, I asked my instructor how I could benefit from daily meditation at home. Her advice was excellent, and I’ve been enjoying my thirty minute sessions every day since. Here is what I have discovered. […]Read the full article...


The Fallacy Of Jumping To Conclusions

I think we have all been there. Driving behind someone who stops in a lane of traffic to turn – without using their signal. Walking behind someone in a store who slams the door in our face. Little moments of inconsiderate behavior where we stop and think “So rude! I can’t believe people do that!” The truth is, though, we’ve all done things like that, intentionally or not. We can get so easily blustered by or frustrated with others, instantly […]Read the full article...

your time

Why The Rush? Taking Control Of Your Time

We live in a world where time is money, time is not on our side, time needs to be micro-managed, where there’s never enough time. I know people who feel like failures if they are not booked up, running from one event to the next, always doing something. And while I like to be active, I am realizing more and more how important it is to just be. To leave room for dreaming, for relaxing, for paying attention solely to […]Read the full article...

human beings

The Good And Bad Of Human Beings

Driving home from our local arboretum, I was thinking about the loveliness that is fall, humming along to the radio while golden leaves drifted over my windshield and sun streamed into the car. I was thinking about pumpkins, the scarecrow display we had just seen, the bright splashes of color on the trees, when a grumpy, nap-needing four year old piped up from the backseat, “I don’t like humans.” O-kay. “Why’s that?” I asked, sighing a little to myself and […]Read the full article...

dna and positive thinking

Easy Ways To Change Your DNA For A Healthier Life

Flipping through the paper the other day, an unusual article caught my eye. Written by a local doctor, it began by comparing aglets, the tips that keep shoelaces from unraveling, to telomeres, stretches of repeated DNA sequences that protect our chromosomes’ ends (much like aglets do), help cells divide and eventually, shorten and die. (For anyone out there reading who is more familiar with genetics than I, I sincerely apologize for that incredibly truncated, layman’s explanation!) Telomeres dying, or becoming […]Read the full article...


Are You Sabotaging Your Own Happiness?

Unhappiness is often a choice we make without even realizing we are responsible for bringing it on ourselves. We have the power to make our lives happier and easier by simply being kind. How do you react when someone wrongs you or confronts you? Do you exacerbate the problem with that person, or do you let it go with a humble attitude of kindness, giving in or apologizing? Often we feel the need to punish the person who wronged us […]Read the full article...


Positive Life Quotes – October 12, 2014

Life has been crazy busy lately! Tons of weddings and other events, plus some house remodeling projects. The good news is that is has all been a great time with lots of learning and growing through it all. The even better news is that it is time for this weeks edition of positive life quotes! You can check out all of these posts here. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, […]Read the full article...