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Gratitude: The One Thing We Need More of in Our Dating Lives and Relationships

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.” ~ Melody Beattie Above is one of my favorite quotes on gratitude.  It inspired me to write about gratitude in dating and relationships as I truly … Continue reading

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Health and Wellness Benefits of Living Life with Gratitude

Happy Sunday! I have always been a big fan of gratitude.  In fact, my family and friends know me to be someone who writes lengthy thank you notes for specific occasions and just for fun.  I tend to stock up … Continue reading

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Tips for Happy Transitions for the Changing Seasons and Approaching Holidays

There is a chill in the air. The leaves are changing colors. They are falling and the motion of the wind sweeps them around.  It’s that time of year- a time of transition, change, adjustment and potential growth.  We changed our … Continue reading

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Healthy Communication in Relationships

During a psychotherapy session with a brilliant client earlier this week, I felt captivated by his wisdom.  He reflected on his life and failed past relationships with a sense of ownership, poise, clarity and safe distance.  He examined a failed … Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #9

Find time to smile. Make a list of things that make you smile. Include everything that comes to mind, such as a fresh cup of coffee, a delicious meal, a sunny day, a pet, a funny youtube video, an email from a friend, etc. Include reasons to smile during all aspects of your life, including time at home, at work, with friends, during a commute, etc. Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #8

The purpose of this exercise is to cultivate gratitude and to take in the support that you have. Therefore, this letter is for you. However, if it feels right to share it with your person (and you are able to reach them), consider sharing your letter. Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #7

Make a list of people who have guided, inspired or helped you throughout your life. Think about your entire life (including your childhood) and reflect on the people who offered you support, guidance, empathy, inspiration, knowledge, etc. Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #6

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #5

The goal of this gratitude exercise is to reframe something that appeared to be negative or distressing into a learning experience, life lesson or blessing. What are you grateful for regarding this experience? Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #4

Make a gratitude list using the alphabet. For each letter, write down one or two things that you are grateful for. For example, A could be for aerobics, apples, aunt so and so, Alaska, animals, etc. Don’t give up on the hard letters! Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #3

Write about or make a list of the opportunities, experiences, and gifts (including those that are tangible and intangible) that you have in your life. Reflect on your feelings of gratitude. Which opportunities and experiences are you thankful for? Make a list of at least fifteen things that you are gratitude for. Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #2

Set a timer or keep track of time for one minute. For one minute (or longer), take in the environment around you. Use all of your senses to locate what you are grateful for. Listen and look around for things that make you feel thankful. Continue reading

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Gratitude Groove On #1

Make a commitment to approach 2011 with an attitude of gratefulness. Make a commitment to notice the little things that make life bright and enjoyable for you.  Commit to saying “thank you” more often.  Set a goal and make a … Continue reading

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The Act of Appreciation

As the holidays approach, we are reminded to give thanks, but ideally we would remember to feel and express gratitude each day. There are endless possibilities for showing gratitude for those who enrich your life, including your teachers, family members, colleagues, friends, boss, coffee barista, dog walker, etc. Find ways to act on your appreciation daily- you will feel happier and so will they! Continue reading

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Countdown to Thanksgiving- Time to Truly Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away! Whether you are a fan of the holiday or not, Thanksgiving sends a powerful message to all. It is a holiday that urges us to give thanks and show our appreciation for what we have. Thanksgiving is a reminder to slow down, and feel thankful for the relationships, possessions, and other positive gifts and experiences that have enhanced our lives. Continue reading

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Giving to Others Means Giving to Ourselves

The world takes care of us- as we give, we are given back to. I have had countless experiences showing me the beauty of giving to others. Just the other day, as I ran out of the organic coffee beans … Continue reading

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