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Matt Richardson is a retired hitch hiker and a taco enthusiast. He is passionate about gratitude, and its effect on relationships. He is the co-founder of Gramr Gratitude Co. and he is currently on a campaign to start a cultural movement for gratitude.

Entries by Matt Richardson

The Last Three Inspirational Quotes You'll Ever Need

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:56 PM


I used to write down inspirational quotes in a little red, pocket-sized Moleskine. There are hundreds of them. You've heard them all.

You've seen them all on Instagram posts, on tweets, on posters, t-shirts, memes, GoodReads. I collected these quotes religiously, thousands...

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4 Ways to Make Your Child Love to Write Thank-You Notes

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 9:41 AM


If you've ever tried to learn a second language in your 20s or beyond then there is a good chance you've added your two cents to the common complaint: "I wish I had learned this language when I was younger! It would have...

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The Best Time of Your Life Is... Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:20 AM

When we are in elementary school, we want to be in our thirties or forties (though we don't quite know the ages for certain, yet). We want to be like our parents, and teachers, and the people we love and look up to.

When we are in middle school, we...

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3 Ways to Get Everything You Want

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:20 AM


Want less. This might be annoyingly simple and ironic, but there you are. The single best way to get everything you want is to stop wanting things you don't truly need. There are people all over the world who live on less than...

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An Open Letter to My Homeless Hero

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Dear Dirt,

I saw you digging in the trash, and I felt moved to ask you to lunch. I asked if you felt like tacos and a soda, and you did, and we sat down to eat those tacos. We had a conversation that changed everything. Can I tell you...

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The One Sleeping Trick You Don't Know About

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Forget the blinders, the blackout shades, the light therapy and the Ambien.

A recent study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being suggests that a "gratitude intervention" before bedtime will help.

Don't worry it's not as daunting as it sounds -- no therapist or any of that...

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This Gift Lasts Forever and You Can Afford It

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Shoebox food is the longest lasting gift I know of. It doesn't expire. It comes in all shapes and sizes--mostly small sizes though, and mostly rectangular. You've given shoebox food before, and you've received it. Sometimes it makes you cry, sometimes it makes you laugh, sometimes it breaks your heart.

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One Weird Trick for Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Okay fine, it's not weird, and it's not really a trick per se... but the point is that there is one extraordinarily simple thing that you can do to become happier. And the real reason you clicked on this article was because you wanted to be happier, right? Perfect, read...

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10 People You Should Send a Thank-You Note To

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Thank-you emails, texts, and tweets do not serve as equal substitutes for the handwritten thank-you note. When it comes to a follow-up note of appreciation, or a thoughtful note of gratitude, there is something deeply human and important that gets missed in an attempt to make the gesture more efficient.

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Heartbleeds, Handshakes, and Foolproof Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:39 AM

The "heartbleed bug" hysteria has come and passed. You may or may not have a general sense of what it was all about. Something about compromised passwords, hackers, SSL and encryption; security and privacy.

When it was the really in full force I decided that I had better understand the...

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Matthew McConaughey, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Rise of Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Matthew McConaughey picked up the Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday; Mark Zuckerberg made a $19 billion purchase very recently. Mr. McConaughey depicts people in movies; Zuckerberg is depicted. McConaughey is tan and Zeus-like, with an irresistible grin, gait, and drawl; Zuck is pale, speaks in code,...

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4 Reasons Why Gratitude Will Make You Happier

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:12 PM

There are few things in the world that everyone agrees on. The most simple and profound thing is that we all want to be happy. Fox News anchors and Barack Obama both want to be happy. Chris Brown and Rihanna? Them too. Yankees fans and Red Sox fans both want...

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