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3 Easy Steps to Becoming an Optimist

Noelle Nelson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

You're convinced, being an optimist is the way to go. But beyond the old adage "See the glass half full" how do you do it? Here are three quick, easy steps to becoming an optimist.

5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Your Partner (and Save Your Relationship in the Process)

Em & Lo | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Here are five ways to demonstrate your appreciation to your partner -- in other words, this is how to remind your partner that you still notice them. Trust us, noticing goes a long way in a relationship.

The Next Best Thing Isn't Always What's Best

Adina Evans | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Adina Evans

I'm not trying to say that there will be no more great moments in the future, but we need to realize that sometimes the grass is greenest right where we are standing and we should be living for the moments we have right now before it's too late.

Mindfully Managing Emotions

Susie Wolbe | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Our emotions are always with us. Reacting to our thoughts, our encounters and everything around us, often our emotions seem to have a life of their own. When confronted with something we find unpleasant or unkind, we may politely smile, rant and rave, scream and cry or simply walk away. In order for you to respond, rather than give a knee-jerk reaction, try some of these strategies:

The Power of Gratitude

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

Gratitude is a simple notion, yet one that we formally honor but once a year. But how does gratitude color our lives when we're not sitting around a table laden with turkey, stuffing and candied yams? When did you last pause to recognize and acknowledge the many things for which you are grateful?

Different vs. Better

Noelle Nelson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

One of the keys to happy, healthy relationships is accepting and appreciating difference, yet, it is one of the hardest things for humans to do. No wonder so many of us find relationships difficult. Accepting differences is doable if you keep the following guidelines in mind.

Expectation

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 07.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

"This is going to be hard" "This is going to 'suck'" "I'm going to have a terrible time" "I'm dreading going to work" Sound familiar? When we...

10 Ways Gratitude Makes Your Life Better

Tom Casano | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Casano

Science is producing mounting research that our lives are much better when we practice gratitude.

With vs. For

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

When I work with people, I never consider them working "for" me, or me working "for" them, but "with" me as part of a team. I now understand why I've been met, time and again, with disappointment or frustration.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Surat al'Adiyat -- Qu'ranic Advice on Gaining Contentment Through Gratitude

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I had read this verse over and over throughout my life, but when I read it that day, it felt like I was reading it for the first time. I didn't know how to be appreciative, and the impact it was having on me was quite severe.

This One Is for the Teachers

Lindsay Henry | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Lindsay Henry

A time where we focus our eyes and spotlights and applause on the students who successfully pushed through the exams, the essays, the sports games, the drama, to walk across a stage and receive that diploma. To graduate.

To the Everyday Heroes: Thank You!

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dragos Bratasanu

Appreciate your loved ones. Appreciate your parents. Appreciate your children. Appreciate your friends and colleagues. One day in the future, not too far from today, everything else will not matter anymore.

'Why Did You Have to Wait Until I Resigned to Let Me Know You Appreciated Me?'

Aenslee Tanner | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Aenslee Tanner

A manager in one of my leadership workshops recounted the sad story of how one of her team members reacted to the heartfelt speech she had made recognizing his contributions on his last day with the company. Unfortunately, this scenario of "too little to late" is far from uncommon.

Attitude of Gratitude? (Yeah, Right...)

Noelle Nelson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

An attitude of gratitude, appreciating what you have, what is already in your life, is a way of seeing the opportunities that abound to help you achieve whatever it is you want. Your attention shifts to what is possible, what might be helpful or useful to you in your present circumstances.

Appreciating and Learning Through Life

Susie Wolbe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Sometimes it's just so easy to take the gifts in our lives for granted. We get so used to seeing our surroundings that they almost become invisible.

Living The Good Life: Why Gratitude Is Golden

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Gratitude has opened me up to the beauty of life. Big time! Being able to see the sun rise, hear kids play, taste summer's first basil, smell the salty ocean air, touch someone's heart -- those are simple, profound pleasures ushering in more of what lets you thrive.

The Parenting Advice I Hate to Give

Jenny Witte | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Jenny Witte

Even before you give birth, advice is doled out to you freely, whether you are receptive to it or not. Everything from how to feed your baby, how to swaddle it or put a diaper on it or look at it or hold it, is heaped on you left and right. Most of it is good-natured. Some is not.

Dare To Be Naive!

Fabiana Fondevila | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Fabiana Fondevila

"Dare to be naive!" I utter that phrase to myself like a mantra. I know that to be astonished by the force of life, by that mystery that keeps us striving and sometimes thriving, is probably our most important assignment.

Breaking Up With Myself

Laurel Lederman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurel Lederman

My mom said, "I'm moving out," in the same casual voice I use to order my 7am coffee. I must have blacked out because the only thing I remember from that night is slamming a door and suddenly I'm 15 again: frustrated, emotional and dramatic.

Using Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

Susie Wolbe | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Stress used to be one of the feelings that I liked to avoid. It kept me from sleeping, seemed to lead to multiple extensions of the same worry, and, i...

Warning: Try This And You May Never Go To Bed Angry Again

Aenslee Tanner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Aenslee Tanner

I've experimented with all sorts of different gratitude practices over the years, and upon reading an article warning against the relationship dangers of taking one's partner for granted, I decided to implement a nightly ritual with my own partner, declaring three things that we appreciated about each other each day.

Start Here for Mental Health Awareness Month

Susan Vernicek | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Vernicek

This is an important month -- mental health plays a vital role in our identities. Our mental well-being is probably the most difficult muscle to exercise. One thing I do know is that it's never, never too late to practice, teach and learn.

Bruce Jenner: Conformance and Judgment

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 06.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

I commend Jenner for opening a much-needed area for discussion, and, hopefully acceptance for many. After all, Who says we can't all live together in harmony and enjoy life?

The Incredible Value Of Gratitude At Work

Noelle Nelson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

When you're the boss or in a supervisory position at work, gratitude for your employees can make a real impact -- not only to your workers, but also t...

Celebrating the Little Moments

Helen J. Russell | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Helen J. Russell

When we allow ourselves to stop and feel grateful we are no longer peering out into a future that doesn't yet exist. Now we're really living, in the only place it is possible for us to live -- the here and now. That's what I loved most about that moment yesterday. I was nowhere else.