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

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for my home

My dream home: It’s nestled in the country with lots of acres all around. It has a big wrap-around porch where the kids can play and my husband and I can watch sunsets and see the storms roll in. I love a good thunderstorm....more

One Thank You at a Time

How often do you say 'thank you'? I don't mean in the checkout or drive-through line, but to people who aren't expecting it.  A few years ago, while reading books about effective leaders, I ran across a suggestion to send three thank you cards per week, old-school, handwritten, snail mail.  I loved the idea! Imagine someone's face or their voice when they tell you they've received your card. It's an amazing feeling to know you've made someone's day. You invested in your relationship with that person. Go ahead. Give it a try. Watch what happens....more

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for my children

 Today’s been a good day.The girls have gotten along and I haven’t felt stressed with the normal refereeing I usually have to do: “Don’t touch her. Don’t pull her hair. Get back. Don’t don’t don’t, nope, give it back …” etc....more
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