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How Gratitude Affects Adaptability

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when your plans change?  Even if it’s just a slight change to your schedule, it can be frustrating and emotional, especially when new situations throw us a curve ball. Fortunately, gratitude allows us the ability to adapt to changing and challenging situations when they arise.  By learning to cultivate an attitude Read More

The Science Behind Gratitude

In my blog post on November 1, you were invited to participate in a gratitude challenge. I know many of you started, and I hope you all finished the challenge and feel better as a result.  Neuroscientists have discovered that practicing gratitude releases the happiness hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is nicknamed the “happiness hormone” because Read More

How Gratitude Influences Sleep

We can all appreciate a good night’s rest, but did you know that cultivating more gratitude throughout the rest of your day actually adds to your ability to maintain levels of deep sleep for longer? By focusing on the positive side of life in our daily experiences before we settle down to sleep, we are Read More

21 Day Gratitude Challenge

Thanksgiving is 21 days from today.  Will you join me in a 21 day gratitude challenge? Here is how it works: Open a new Word document, page in your journal or note file on your mobile device. Title it: Gratitude List. Each day, between now and November 22, 2018, identify one person you can be Read More

How to Handle Angry People

This is a Guest Post by Ben Martin, Thera Rising We’ve talked a lot lately about the power of reciprocity. (Remember, reciprocity is the human tendency to reflect the attitudes and behaviors of others.) Today, we’ll give you a simple model for using reciprocity to defuse anger and hostility. But first, let’s do a quick Read More

Can You Hear Me Now?

There have been violent rain storms across the country recently.  The photos of flooded streets, twisted trees, and roofless buildings serve as a reminder of the destructive power in nature. We would do well to remember the destructive power within us, as well, when we lose our temper and act out against others.  Often, the “others” Read More

Why Is It So Hard To Just Listen?

In one of my favorite books, the authors Kathi Elster and Katherine Crowley write, “Let’s face it, the relationship at work between a boss and an employee often becomes a minefield of emotional misinterpretations.” I couldn’t agree more, and it’s not just between the supervisor and their direct report, it is between employees at all Read More

Whose Fault Is It?

I’ve noticed how often people play the blame game lately (think political ads) and wanted to repost this from a few years ago because I think it is as relevant today as it was then. — Since work involves other people, it is easy to look around at those people and place blame on them Read More