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Appreciation

The Day My Son Gave Up On Me

Lauren Cormier | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

Ever since our two sons began sharing a room, their bedtime routine has been the same. Baths, PJs, teeth, stories, cuddles. And every night as I leave their room, Eli always says, "Remember to come up, cuddle, and bring water!" I head down the stairs with a quick, "Okay!" knowing full well that the likelihood of following through on that promise is next to nothing.

A Wake-Up Call: It's Just Water, It Will Dry

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Today, remember: Even the things that happen in your life that feel cold and icy, let them soak you, submerge yourself in them, because they are just water, they will always dry in the end.

Kindness From a Stranger

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

What I've been learning is that it's important to press the "pause" button more often when something good happens and to leave it pressed down for extended periods of time.

3 Ways To Make Your Wedding Memorable -- For Your Guests

Anne Naylor | Posted 08.07.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

At this time of social media, we expect to be engaged in what is going on, even if we do not comment. Those who witness your vows are more than passive onlookers. They care. Your love can touch them, and reconnect them with the love they have for their loved ones.

The Commuter's Art Of Doing Nothing

Elena Kaufman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Elena Kaufman

Drive past five streets. Walk two blocks. Sit on the train for 50 minutes. Ride the subway four stops. Each piece of my commute can be broken down into distance traveled and time spent in transit. 90 minutes of commuting a day times times five days a week times 365 days a year equals an insane and, depending on your point of view, depressing amount of time spent sitting and standing in between point A and point B.

The Die Is Cast

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

The school year brings new lessons to students that will hopefully remain with them until they too attend weddings years later and spontaneously recite lessons fondly, with a new appreciation for those that helped shape their lives.

Why I Fear We're Raising A Generation Of Ungrateful Kids

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

The other day I got into an argument with my youngest teenager. He was complaining about our family's strapped financial situation and was quick to point an accusatory finger at me. He understands that I'm a struggling writer trying to earn a buck, but he couldn't resist asking when I was going to get a real job. The argument quickly turned sour.

How To Stop Taking Our Lives For Granted

Psychology Today | Steve Taylor | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

About 20 years ago, I traveled around India for several weeks. It was a time in my life when I was very unhappy, when I spent a lot of time alone, lac...

Retail Home Buyers Need to Think Wholesale for Appreciation

Dean Graziosi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Dean Graziosi

There's been a lot of publicity about improving markets, higher home prices, and even bid wars in some areas. However, for the most part those bid wars are in a very tight price range band and the competition there isn't being felt in most of the rest of the market.

Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

By interrupting our normal pattern, we not only gain a fresh perspective, but we get to rest, refresh, and recharge. No matter how little time or money you think you have, you just can't afford not to take vacations!

The Secret of the Bottom Right Desk Drawer

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

I have started my own practice of saving my treasures in my bottom right desk drawer. When I get an email from an overwhelmed surgical resident, thanking me for the lifeline one of my blog posts has given her, it goes in the drawer. When one of my patients reminds me of why I went to medical school, it goes in the drawer. Pick a drawer. Take the time. Start the practice.

Because I Can

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

"At least you can run," I offered. One of my kids' middle school teachers was lamenting how middle age has slowed her pace. She awakens at dawn, run...

The Philosophers' Guide To Gratitude

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Feeling grateful about the good aspects of our lives is something we all know we should do a bit more often. And yet there’s often something curious...

Create Time for Teacher Appreciation and Validation Meetings

Calee Prindle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Calee Prindle

Teacher appreciation and validation is typically minimal and short. It usually comes during a faculty meeting in a 60-seconds or less "shout out" or in a quick conversation passing by in the hallway or standing in line for the copier.

I'm Done Being a Parasite!

Monique Honaman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Divorce
Monique Honaman

A friend once said to me, "If he doesn't appreciate my presence, then I will make him appreciate my absence." Drastic? Perhaps. But true.

Never Any Doubt

Abby Heugel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

No matter what I might doubt in this world -- myself, humanity, the validity of expiration dates on ChapStick -- one thing I will never, ever doubt is the love that my mom has for me.

The Best Graduation Present to Give Your Classmates

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Quick. Your apartment or your house just caught fire. Besides your phone and whatever computer drives you can stuff into a pocket -- especially those filled with photos -- what do you grab on your way out the door?

Why Living Life to the Fullest Really Isn't so Cliché

Unwritten | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Unwritten

As cliché as it sounds, we all really do take so many parts of our lives for granted. As much as we've heard it, we need to remember to appreciate the little things -- whether it's as simple as eating that delicious burrito bowl from Chipotle or something as critical as family.

My Appreciation

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.20.2014 | Entertainment
Paul Reiser

Dave Brenner was in our living room with remarkable regularity, a saturation level I've never seen equaled since. He was a guest on the Tonight Show, he hosted the Tonight Show, he was on Merv Griffin, he was on Mike Douglas (for weeks at a time), he was on game shows... and, it seemed to me, always with new material. That kind of prolific consistency takes a lot of hard work and dedication -- something I sensed would hit home with my dad.

How The Best Fortune 500 Companies To Work For Drive Appreciation, Access, Rewards

George Bradt | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Looking across the 18 best companies to work for in the Fortune 500 indicates three broad themes: appreciation, access and rewards. Google, American E...

Appreciation: One Small Action with a Big Effect

Birute Regine | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Birute Regine

Expressing appreciation is one small change that each one of us can make. One small change that can make a big difference in the workplace.

Chronic Illness' Opportunity for Patients and Providers

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

While I don't think anyone with a chronic illness would chose it, many of us have found it has added something to our lives we're not sure we want to give up. And in many ways, it has made us the best of ourselves.

Land: They're Not Making Any More of It

Anita Verma-Lallian | Posted 04.23.2014 | Business
Anita Verma-Lallian

There is an upswing for raw land. As demand for housing grows, demand for land grows. It's a simple fact of economics and American ingenuity.

5 Ways To Strengthen Your Relationships This Valentine's Day

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

One of the nicest parts of being in a relationship is having routines that you share together and love. But becoming too comfortable in your routines can put your relationship at risk of falling into complacency and even boredom, which isn't so great for your relationship.

Lost and Found

Irene Tanner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Now that my definition of "home" has a whole new landscape and mindset, I will take some time to reflect on feelings about the events that have transp...