“And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.” Grandma Moses This quote came from a gratitude journal I have—one I try to write in at least once a week. I intentionally think of people and things in my life I am grateful for every day. But once a week I […]
Do any of these statements sound familiar: “I need a vacation!” “I need to start working out at least 5 days a week.” “I want to start [insert new hobby here] because I think it will help me lower my stress level.” All of these are great ideas, but they are also what I consider […]
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot I sit here thinking about how the holidays are soon coming to an end, and the New Year is around the corner. With a new year comes a better me… or so I like to think […]
A year or two ago I started a new practice. At the end of every day I mentally list 3 things I am grateful for. I also sometimes list one thing I could have done better that day. I usually do this as I am falling asleep, but sometimes I do it throughout the day […]
Thanksgiving has just passed, and now I am counting the days until Christmas. I love Christmas, because I love giving (and getting) gifts. I love lit trees, delicious treats, and family traditions that have been celebrated and passed down for thirty plus years. And, yet, as I am getting older, I have come to love Thanksgiving […]
A little more than one year ago I started to take gratitude—everyday gratitude—very seriously. I had the epiphany, “aha moment,” whatever you want to call it, that practicing gratitude transforms my thoughts and feelings.
It happened sometime during my childhood, though I don’t remember exactly when. Our family had been through a particularly trying time and I realized I had begun to be a pessimist. Even as a child I recognized that my negativity was destructive to my emotional health. Moreover, I felt my black cloud caused some people […]
The power of positive thinking. Most likely you have heard this catch phrase sometime during your life. There are countless books on the subject and research has been done to test the power of positive thinking. For example, years ago studies were conducted to determine if cancer patients would feel better and heal faster if […]