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15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I can really get behind a day of feasting, relaxing and visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things we have to be thankful for.  Gratitude is such an important factor in our lives.  Practicing gratitude can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, create contentment, improve our relationships, and even further our career. And here we are, right in the middle of National Gratitude Month. Could there be a more appropriate time to teach our children about gratitude? Unfortunately, it often seems that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by the big commercial push of Read More

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One is Silver and the Other, Gold

Remember the old sing-a-long “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other, gold”? This time of year makes me think of old friends and new friends and this old song has been on my mind. I love my friends. My life would not be half as rich without them. An old friend of mine was visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday. She and her family live on the opposite side of the country. They spent a week here in sunny California and had Thanksgiving dinner with us. I hadn’t seen her in more than a year Read More

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Giving Without Expectations, Receiving Without Guilt

The gift giving season will soon be upon us. It can be filled with happiness and joy and/or fraught with disappointment and unfulfilled expectations.  We have often heard that it is better to give than to receive. I don’t believe that is always the case. Being giver or receiver can bring us hurt feeling and warm feelings. It is up to us to learn how to be a happy and gracious giver as well as a willing and thankful receiver.     Giving Without Expectations Don’t we sometimes give a gift with an expectation attached? It happens all the time. Read More

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Simple Pleasures to Be Grateful For

Simple pleasures are often the best. It is easy to get distracted by the big, flashy things in life, but when it comes right down to it, it’s the little things and moments that add the biggest value to our days.  Day eight of my 30 Day Gratitude Challenge  asks the question: “What simple pleasure did I or can I enjoy today?” Including simple pleasures in our daily routines can give us moments of calm, happiness, peace, and joy. We all need to stop and smell the proverbial roses in our lives.  They are usually little things that don’t cost much Read More