Gratitude – Louise Hay

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow …”

– Melody Beattie

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5 Ways to Create an Optimistic Attitude

Every article and post giving tips on learning to become more positive has had “be grateful” as one of the first items listed. I guess that must be important…


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Every morning as you prepare for the day you face a simple choice: how are you going to accept the big and the small obstacles that you encounter during the day? Will you let these challenges become impossible obstacles or will you think like an optimist and turn them into opportunities?

Optimism is the tool you need, and the good news is that it can be developed. To engage your optimism, you need to mature the ability to pause for a moment when you encounter an obstacle. During that pause, begin to reframe what you’re seeing. Learn how to see an obstacle as an opportunity. Optimism isn’t a gift you’re born with—you develop it with practice and eventually you will become an authentic optimist, ready for any opportunity.

Consider these 5 ways an optimistic…

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Life lessons in tea

This is a great reminder to be grateful and gratitude goes a long way to developing a positive attitude!

PDA: The Positive Disabled Adult

“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities”

With cooler weather approaching, there is something so comforting about a nice cup of tea to unwind from the day.  Maybe it’s just my opinion, but a cup of tea warms the heart and soul. Lately though, I’ve been drinking this brand that my sister-in-law introduced to me with cute, inspirational quotes on the bag. So not only is it a pick-me-up after a long day but the tea inspires positive thoughts and challenges your thinking.

Last week, as I saw this quote, it seemed like a great blog idea but I couldn’t put the right words together in my mind. As I wrote in my earlier post, someone very important to me passed away after battling cancer for years and as you can imagine, I’m struggling to move forward. Last week, I was so awful to be around. I was depressed and incredibly negative towards myself and to…

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21 Reasons

We can never be too thankful. And we can never say thank you too much. We should probably be more thankful more often!
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Jack V.

It is a Sunday evening as I write this piece, and I can’t help but think of tomorrow’s need for a productive day. The schedules, the deadlines, the never-ending list of to-dos.

And so, this is my reminder to be thankful for the small things; they are the things that keep me motivated. It is my how-to-remain-grounded list so I won’t become overwhelmed; and I’m sharing it with you.

  1. Good music: Pearls by India Arie, Can’t feel my face by The Weeknd, and Venus by Luka Bloom deserve a shout-out.
  2. Cat’s soft fur and their I-don’t-give-a-shit-attitude- test-every-glass-surface-with-face.
  3. Mondays: Yes Mondays. Mondays can motivate people to grab a fresh start on the week. To quit the bad habits and begin the good ones. They are also the days you can slack off at work because you’re got the rest of the week to recover.
  4. High-speed country road drives: Just…

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Happiness = being Thankful PEACEFUL Mindful

What are you thankful for in your life?
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Happiness = being Thankful PEACEFUL Mindful

What am I THANKFUL for ?
freedom from want,  tasty food,  a/c,  heaters,  parmesan,  bbc television,  wonderful sitcoms,  cable television,  fresh bread,  paintings,  art,  design,  architecture,  desserts,  chocolate, dry clothes, warm house, fireplace, pillows, blankets warm and colorful, the internet, Miro, ice cream sundaes, hot chicken wings.

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Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude

It is important to instill in children an attitude of gratitude. We all need to practice being more appreciative and thankful!


Over the summer, I spent a lot of time with our girls. A lot of time. With school out, we were constantly together. During all that togetherness, I began to detect more than a hint of “entitlement” and “spoiled” vibes coming from my two oldest children (one in particular). If there is one thing I am very set on in my parenting goals, it’s that my children NOT feel entitled to anything above basic human rights and respect. i.e. NOT material items. I feel like one of the best ways to discourage a feeling of entitlement is to encourage feelings of gratitude. Simply being thankful for what we have. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. All that jazz.

I’ve made a few changes to my parenting style to help support this goal of raising non-greedy-brats. First, I started to occasionally mention the “have-nots” in the…

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Somebody down the street always has it worse

I use this expression often. Someone, somewhere would trade places with me in a heartbeat!

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McGuire on life

One morning last week I had terrible trouble buttoning the top button on my dress shirt. My right arm and hand are largely decorative, as opposed to functional, so such simple tasks can be difficult. It may strike you as a silly frustration but for the briefest moment I felt just a little sorry for myself.

As suddenly as that emotion hit me it was replaced by the thought of my friend Jennifer Longdon who struggles with the very genuine difficulties of navigating a wheelchair and the debilitating troubles brought on by a random highway shooter several years ago. Jennifer recounts her challenges often on Facebook and any friend of hers quickly comes to realize the real pain of disability.

I felt foolish for lamenting my trivial challenge when many people like Jennifer know genuine pain and obstacles from hell.

Actually I learned that lesson very early in my life…

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Before it’s too late, appreciate

Taking time to be appreciative is essential to living a full life. Don’t end up with a pocket full of regrets.

Small Changes For Life

Just kicking back listening to the thunder and watching the rain literally pour down. Growing up in New England I never thought much about rain or no rain, but here in Southern California it’s the topic for many people

Listening to the thunder and rain as this small lake in our back yard grew to a river. Listening to the thunder and rain as this small lake in our back yard grows into a river.

This gets me thinking about this weeks small change; “taking things for granted.”

Many times we can let things go unappreciated until it is too late and we no longer have it. Think for a moment about the people in your life, it may be easy to complain, gossip, and judge them, but what if you woke up to discover they are no longer on the planet? How about your job? How often do you curse the clients, the workload, and your co-workers? That’s easy to do, but when you get laid off…

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