How to Get More Joy through Practice and Habits

How to Get More Joy through Practice and Habits

There’s a saying: What you practice grows stronger.  That’s fantastic if what you’re practicing is the violin or tennis or gratitude.  The human brain has a strong negativity bias, which was helpful when we were always on the lookout for danger from wild animals. Fear...
What Happened When I Said Thank You

What Happened When I Said Thank You

I got a thank you note recently from a student I taught at my local college. She took my class each semester for four years (which was thanks enough) and was moving away from the area. She told me how much writing and reflecting on her stories had helped her heal some...
Why I Need to Remember the Benefits of Gratitude

Why I Need to Remember the Benefits of Gratitude

I know that sharing gratitude, receiving gratitude and being grateful are all wonderful for me. In fact, I usually love to share, feel and receive gratitude and focus on the good.   But in the past, sometimes a weird thing happened when I got stressed or sad or...
21 Easy Gratitude Practices to Love Right Now

21 Easy Gratitude Practices to Love Right Now

We’ve just passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’re ushering in a time when we’re urged to want more, buy more, get more. But this season can be a real opportunity to practice gratitude for what we already have. It’s a busy time and you may dread the idea of adding...