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Gratitude Journal

The Healing Potion of Hope

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.31.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Some days when I feel defeated, hope is the only thing that can coax me out of my mindset. It has a way of challenging me to consider the best possible outcome of my dilemma.

Do You Have Joie de Vivre?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.30.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I can spot a Parisian anywhere, even if he doesn't live in the City of Light. Even if he speaks broken French with an American accent.

Goodwill Under the Radar

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.28.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

There's a network of women who feed the hungry, but they don't make a fuss about it. They aren't looking for recognition. They're far too busy doing g...

The Pope Is Coming To The U.S. Late Night Goodwill In The Offing?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Chaput recently announced that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families conference.

After 10 Years, Sideways is Still Bewitching

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.25.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The hit film Sideways, which debuted in 2004, still holds up with pinot noir as the clever matchmaker. To recap, the comedy follows the antics of two...

Can A Mother Inspire a Cease Fire?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.24.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

As world powers are trying to put a halt to the fighting in Gaza, one mother is making an appeal to the whole of humanity. Her message? Let's make a p...

One Woman, Two Proposals, Dumbfounding Indecision

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.23.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

A woman on an airplane was trying to decide between two marriage proposals. She knew no number of drinks on the stewardess' cart could help her solve ...

Saving Lives, One Blanket At A Time

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.23.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

A homeless man with pneumonia went to a social agency in Northern California to ask for help. My friend, Nancy, greeted the man at the door. She said...

I Was Married By An Astronaut.

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.21.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

On my wedding day we fired the minister. Our photo album documents the woman leaving after she got her pink slip. Hearing my daughter talk about weddi...

Did You Know Faith Is a Bird?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Before I heard the following quote I never realized there was such a thing as "winged hope."

Do You Fancy Secrets?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.19.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

We love knowing the insider chatter of Wine Country, because it makes exploring it an authentic adventure.

Can You Be Romanced by Food?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.18.2014 | Taste
Peg Melnik

In a word, YES. My husband is a journalist who doubles as a class-act chef, a Romeo with delectable recipes. He announces he is going to make an u...

The Body Doesn't Lie

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.17.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The body tells the truth about one's emotional well-being. In short, if there's an illness, distressed emotion precipitated it. This is according to ...

"Failure is Never Quite So Frightening as Regret."

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

This telling quote is from the Dish, the film about man's first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Scientist Cliff Buxton, played by Sam...

Sibling Rivalry Takes on New Meaning

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.15.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The Huggins sisters from North Carolina are in competition to live the longest. As it stands, all three are strong contenders. Wanna is 101, Delle is 98, and Frances is 96.

The Perils of Children Who Long to Be U.S. Citizens

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Peg Melnik

Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez will never have a chance to help his mother. The 15-year old Guatemalan boy died while trying to illegally cross into...

How Does One Make Peace With War?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.11.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The Middle East has long been a simmering caldron. Yet the people who live there have learned to adapt to the day-to-day cruelty of war. I'm worried ...

Gratitude for Viktor Frankl

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.09.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Viktor Frankl chronicled his life as a Holocaust survivor in Man's Search for Meaning. It's such a compelling book that people can't help but read i...

Feel Defeated? No Need. Your Life Is in Flux.

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.08.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

There's no logical reason to ever feel defeated no matter what life is showing you right now. There are far too many examples of people who have overcome their circumstances to transform their lives.

The Eiffel Tower is My Touchstone

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.08.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

With Bastille Day on July 14th, this Francophile is already celebrating French National Day vicariously. Today I'm paying tribute to my favorite cu...

How Gratitude Changed My Life

Prasanna Ranganathan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Prasanna Ranganathan

Keeping a gratitude journal and taking these mental gratitude pictures have made me more conscious, every moment of every day, of the many miracles life has to offer, if I simply take the time to notice them.

Got A Cape? You're A Hero. Dress For The Occasion.

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.06.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Co-author Scott Allison says our purpose as Earthlings is to live the life of a hero. For those of you who can't imagine scaling a skyscraper or fl...

Meet Ivan Pejovic, A Brand New Citizen

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.04.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Ivan Pejovic came to the U.S. in 2007 from Montenegro where he experienced the ache of war. "We were in danger, and I could see the fear in my parent...

Shocking Finding: Confidence Matters More Than Competence

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.03.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The authors of The Confidence Code said they were astonished when their research revealed this finding and, frankly, depressed. Journalists Katty Kay...

Do You Have the Confident Genes?

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.02.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

After finding successful women at odds with their success, two journalists decided to explore their needling self doubt.