#NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 26: Obligatory Gratitude Post

It is that time of year where people are busy posting about all of the things that they are grateful or thankful for and I generally try to avoid this display myself, but this year, I am moved to participate....more

How to foster gratitude in kids

Here we are entering the festive season starting with Thanksgiving.As someone whose English is not the first language I was always intrigued by the meaning of Thanksgiving. A day to appreciate, to give thanks to one another around a nice meal while most of the time only unspoken gratitude gestures speak for this festive holiday.It is a good time to reflect as a family about the meaning of gratitude and how we express it....more

I'm Thankful For My Job (and not just because I get a paycheck)

It can be easy to focus on the negative in work situations, and I am guilty of this a lot lately. As much as I’m ready for something new, my job has largely been a good situation for the last five-and-a-half years, and I’m grateful for it. Without my current position, I don’t think I would have been able to figure out what’s next for me—and actually believe that I’m capable of doing it....more

Gratitude & Journals

Lifelong LearningThe world can bombard us with negatives: frightening news events, inconsiderate people, disappointing interactions. But research is showing that cultivating a sense of gratitude can help us switch our focus and remind us of the good things happening in our life right now. Establishing a daily practice of identifying “What Went Right Today,” and feeling thankful for it, can do wonders for our happiness and health. Let’s help our kids figure out how to do this too. Setting aside a little time to recall moments of gratitude associated with our daily life can help create a life filled with gratitude and thankfulness. If your children are younger, how about a little quiet time with Mom or Dad remembering a few positive things from their day? Did something happen today that they handled well?Did someone say something that made them happy?Did they experience something exciting or see something new? If your kids enjoy writing, how about a Gratitude Journal? There’s no right or wrong way to create one – whatever works best for you is your answer. Record somewhere between 3-5 things you’re grateful for on that particular day. You can write a quick list, or expand a little on each one. So here are some suggestions for your journal – modify as you like:...more

Shattered Glass and the Kindness of Strangers

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Thankful Thursday

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Gratitude ~ Worth More than Money

Sometimes when I am eagerly awaiting my next pay check because some unexpected expenses ate up my spending money or even when I'm trying to shuffle things around so that my automatic bills don't bounce, I try to shift my thinking so I don't get caught in the trap of lack consciousness and making myself unhappy....more

Giving thanks: It's about more than words

It's so cold out tonight-nothing extreme really, but it was 70 here in good ol' fickle-weather Kentucky just a couple of days ago, so the cold hurts. I think the cold was good for a cause tonight though.  Several local folks gathered at the county courthouse to discuss the need for, and plans for, opening a homeless shelter in our county. The biting cold certainly made me think about how miserable and frightening it would be to have to spend the night outside in some makeshift shelter. ...more

A grateful heart: My thanks to those who serve

 Jason Sommes flying the Grumman Bearcat in Watsonville, ...more

God is a Better Manifester than I, By Far

Yesterday I posted my first post about the popular topic of "manifesting." I stated it's not something I think a lot about, but I guess to correct myself I'll modify that to say that it is something I have been witnessing quite a bit ...more