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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

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

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

Look Beyond the Surface

At breakfast with friends the other day, one friend began to complain about some recent poor customer service she had received at the grocery store.   I won’t go into specifics, but she seemed rather ‘proud’ of the fact that her reply to the cashier was just as “nasty” as the cashier’s original response.  As I Read More