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Focus on the Positive

You are probably familiar with the Japanese proverb Fall down seven times, stand up eight.  In other words, continue to try.  Too many people give up when success doesn’t come quickly enough.  In her book, Your Journey to Greatness Through Routine, author Michelle Steffes says, “Imagine your success journey as a train. Unless you begin Read More

Attitude of Gratitude

In 2014, a wide receiver for a Texas high school football team, Apollos Hester, was interviewed after a stunning comeback against the opponent expected to win the game.  His interview went viral on YouTube.  Here is what he said: “You’re going to be successful because you put in all the time, all the effort, all Read More

A Laugh a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

A laugh a day will keep the doctor away.  Yes, I know this is a modification of the old saying “an apple a day…” Laughter, though, has many health benefits! It relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, protects the heart, burns calories, and helps you live longer. Laughter also plays a key part Read More

Attitude is Everything

With only a few days left in the year, our thoughts turn to what can we can do differently in the next year to improve. However irritating you may find the phrase ‘attitude is everything’, it is SO important to remember if you’re determined to cultivate more positive emotions and experiences in your life. The way we perceive 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

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