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Gratitude

'I Hope You No That Of Yourself'

Jane Ratcliffe | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Jane Ratcliffe

That little girl's words -- I hope you no that of yourself -- have stayed with me. Over the ten or so years since she gave me that card, I've found myself passing along her message to more than one person.

Being Determined to Find Joy in the Everyday Affects Not Only Ourselves, But Our World

Gregg McBride | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Finding joy within ourselves (and being determined to do so no matter what's going on around us or what's happening in the world) really can help to make the world a better place.

The Heart of Christmas Past

Deborah Swiss | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Harkening back to the heart of Christmas in 1869, time spent with loved ones was the treasured centerpiece. This year, I hope to rejoice in the essence of a season that celebrates and strengthens our family ties alongside the humanity we can so easily extend to one another.

Are We Wired to Want Stuff?

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Gratification still feels good. It is central to our brain's reward and motivation systems. But when we confuse it with actual happiness, we think that we can't really be happy -- or that our kids won't be happy -- without all the gifts and shopping.

Thank You, Ex-boyfriend

Neely Steinberg | Posted 02.17.2013 | Women
Neely Steinberg

To all of these exes (and the others from whom I haven't listed but have gained enormous self-knowledge), I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to learn and grow through the experiences we shared.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 7: Giving From the Heart

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Don't let your inner Scrooge short-change what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Make an inner decision -- a heart commitment -- that you're going to do things differently this year.

How To Be Grateful To People We Don't Like

Pragito Dove | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

When we take 100 percent responsibility for what is happening inside of us, miracles happen. We find it easy to be grateful because we have transformed dislike into compassion.

Why Every Couple Should Renew Their Vows

Anne Naylor | Posted 02.13.2013 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

The romance and passion you knew when you first met can be re-kindled. The spark of your early love can grow brighter and into a more profound experience that is truly lifelong and rewarding.

10 Easy Tricks To Avoid Utter Misery This Holiday Season (And The Rest Of Your Life)

Ira Israel | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Be happy with what you have instead of allowing your mind to torture you with machinations of things and situations you supposedly don't have. Instead of wasting time imagining what you think your holidays and your life should resemble, be grateful for the way they are.

From Entitled to Thankful: Raising Children with an Attitude of Gratitude

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

It isn't until later in life that most people discover one of the keys to happiness: gratitude. The concept of thankfulness can be difficult for adults to embrace, and even harder for children and teens who believe the world revolves around them. Here's how to begin.

A Game-Changing Practice That Will Have You Smiling Every Day

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

No doubt we are all very busy from the time we get up in the morning to the time we retire at night; it's called "doing" life. The question to ponder is how much time do we spend on autopilot taking the life we are "doing" for granted?

On Finding A Peaceful Path Through The Holidays

Marianne Elliott | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Elliott

The holidays are upon us. Peace on earth, and goodwill to all. Right? Or perhaps it feels more like stress at home and ill will toward family? There is another possibility. This year, take the peaceful path through the holidays.

A Shift in Perspective

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Holiday time -- as far as I'm concerned -- is the best time to be a New Yorker. There's life, energy, and beauty all over Manhattan. I sincerely thought I was paying attention to the greatness of it all -- until this past Friday afternoon, that is.

Gratitude: As Easy As Breathing

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Gratitude reminds us to find our happiness in exceptional things, mundane things, the good things, the so-so things -- even the terrible things. Rather than focusing on what might be more, better, or different, why not start being grateful for what is in front of you right now?

The Power of Conviction

Tani Brown | Posted 02.10.2013 | College
Tani Brown

I wholly believe in mastering the big four: Thank You, I Love You, I Forgive You, and I'm Sorry. But these actions are almost meaningless without conviction.

Legacy Gifts From Angels

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Not long ago I was reintroduced to angels -- not the kind with rosy cheeks or gauzy, transparent wings, but the angels in real life. You know, the people who come into your life with special support, a gift of wisdom, full-hearted support.

Life Tips: Develop Virtues Of Compassion And Grace

Amanda Gore | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

The best place to start is often the most challenging -- compassion for ourselves! We are usually our own worst enemy, expecting ourselves to be perfect and being the first to judge and condemn ourselves.

How to Deal With a Crappy Week

Sanah Imran | Posted 02.05.2013 | Teen
Sanah Imran

I mean, it just gets comical eventually. After a certain point, it seems like you're starring in a remake of "Just My Luck," except Chris Pine isn't your boyfriend.

12 Ways Restore Meaning To The Holiday Season

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Ready or not, the holidays are on our heels. But what if all our best intentions end up leaving us overspent and farther away from what we really want?

The Fine Art of Appreciation

Paul LaRosa | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

I've thought about this for a long time now. If there's one great thing about growing up without a lot of money or status, it's that everything you achieve in life is a bonus -- if you have the right attitude. At least, that's how I feel about it.

On Rediscovering The Art Of Offering Blessings

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

The more we offer such blessings to ourselves and to others, the more contagious it becomes to water these seeds of kindness and generosity in our own minds and hearts, and in the world around us.

Buddha Doodle - 'Attitude of Gratitude'

Molly Hahn | Posted 01.31.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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A Post-Thanksgiving Reminder

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

The very word "thanksgiving" reminds us to be thankful for the good things in our lives. Yet, it is often the tragedies we experience that really make us appreciate what we have. Once we've lost something important, we see how valuable it was.

The Benefits Of Generosity: What You Can Gain From Giving

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Generosity is no longer the selfless act we've long thought it to be. Studies now suggest that one of the biggest benefactors of generosity is the person who is dishing it out.

The First Secret of Joy, Continued: Gratitude Is the Joy Switch

Amanda Gore | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

As children, we are taught to say "thank you" when someone does something for us or gives us something, but we are not taught to make gratitude a way of life. It's amazing how gratitude can transform our mood, our actions, and our general well being.