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Center Yourself – a tip to help

As we wrap up the month of October and enter the holiday season, we can often get caught up in the busyness of life.  It can be hard to slow down.  My last two posts talk about how to stop worrying and stay in the moment.  Here are some of my favorite quotes to think Read More

Embrace each day with Gratitude

My last post recommended two mindfulness techniques to practice and help you focus on the present.  I hope you had a chance to try one or both.  Another way to incorporate mindfulness is to embrace each day with gratitude.  The word embrace means: “to take or receive gladly or eagerly, accept willingly.” Begin each day, Read More

Be Kind.

In my last post, I talked about focusing on the positive and paying attention to the present moment. One way to stay positive is in your actions.  Take time each day to build others up to look for ways to be kind to someone.  Look for ways to do someone a favor. It is easy Read More

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

Will You Be My Valentine?

When we think about Valentine’s Day, we often think of romance and personal relationships. With relationships in mind, I’d like to propose you take time this Valentine’s Day to improve your workplace relationships with customers, vendors, co-workers, etc. – and not at all in a romantic way. I’m sure some of you may work with 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

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