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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

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

What Makes You Remarkable?

Remarkable – This is the word that Norm Dominguez, former CEO of Business Network International (BNI), uses in response to the question, “How are you?” Norm admits that it can be remarkably good or remarkably bad. What I want you to think about is how remarkably good you are. In the entire history of time, there Read More

Follow Your Bliss

Is 2018 your year for bliss? You may have heard the term follow your bliss.  I’ve often interpreted this in terms of the work one does; I am beginning to rethink this.  I now believe it’s possible to have bliss even if our current situation is the opposite.    Bliss as a NOUN is defined as: Read More

Simply Be

The Art of Being Human was the name of a course I took many years ago during my freshman year in college. Since my last post was about the busyness of life and how we can find that to be an excuse, this post is about simply being and enjoying where we are on life’s Read More

Why?

Lately, people seem to be asking, why. Why did this happen? Why am I here? Why are they acting that way? Why, why, why? We may never know the answer to that question while we are here on Earth.  I believe we each have a purpose and it’s up to each of us to try Read More

Searching for Paradise

Many years ago, there was a man who lived in a small town with his wife and two children. He had heard of a place called Paradise that he wanted to visit. It was a place of peace and harmony; a place of comfort and care. Each morning, as he ate his breakfast, he dreamed of Read More