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...
Journal with Me: Share Your Gratitude

Journal with Me: Share Your Gratitude

I’ve written before about the power of gratitude in our lives. Simply recognizing what’s good in our life has power. Writing it down even more so. And then there’s sharing our gratitude. When you write a note to somebody who has done something special for you, it...
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...
Who Do You Need to Thank Right Now?

Who Do You Need to Thank Right Now?

“What do you say?” How often do you prompt your kids to say thank you? Saying thank you in the moment when somebody holds the door for you or hands you a cookie is important. Saying—writing—thank you for a gift still matters. And there are moments that call us to say...
How to Give Back with Your Children

How to Give Back with Your Children

Do you practice gratitude as a family? Practicing gratitude makes us—and other people—feel good. Research shows us that gratitude has significant benefits to our physical and mental health. It can even help make kids more resilient. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of...

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