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Thanksgiving and Expressing Gratitude

Thanksgiving and Expressing Gratitude

Happy early Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, watching football, spending time with family… everything! So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I want to talk about the importance of expressing gratitude. Struggle with Gratitude?...
When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

Research is clear that people who experience higher levels of gratitude also tend to be happier. But gratitude can be tough, especially when you’re struggling with difficulties or problems in your life. Look for the Blessing in Disguise One thing that has been helpful...
How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

My family has a tradition at Thanksgiving for each of us to share a few things we are thankful for. Maybe your family has a similar tradition. I think it’s valuable to think about and express the things we are grateful for. A New Twist on an Old Tradition A few years...
Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

I went to California recently for a conference. Every time I travel to California, there is a part of me that wishes I lived there, and wonders if I would be happier if I lived in a place with better weather. (As it turns out, research shows that people who live in...
Gratitude and Scarcity

Gratitude and Scarcity

I think the scarcity mentality is poisonous to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. The scarcity mentality says there isn’t enough. It can be applied to almost anything in life. Maybe you are frustrated with your job, and believe you don’t make enough money. Or...
Grateful For It All

Grateful For It All

I visited my grandmother’s cabin in Red Wing, Minnesota this past summer. It’s a beautiful place—off the beaten path on a quiet road. The back of the house overlooks the Mississippi river. You can walk down the stairs or take an old rickety elevator down to the beach....
Letters of Gratitude

Letters of Gratitude

I recently reached a major milestone in my career—tenure! I felt a mix of emotions when I got the official letter in the mail—including happiness, relief, and excitement. One of the most palpable feelings was gratitude and appreciation. I definitely didn’t attain this...
Memorial Day, Murph, and Gratitude

Memorial Day, Murph, and Gratitude

Crossfit has a cool tradition where they name workouts in honor of service members who have died defending our freedom. This Memorial Day, our gym did the workout Murph, in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, NY, who was killed in Afghanistan on...
How to Be More Grateful: Ask the Experts

How to Be More Grateful: Ask the Experts

One thing I’m working on this year is to be more grateful. I’m always on the lookout for new exercises or practices to help cultivate gratitude in my life. To help me (and you) become more grateful, I asked several experts in the field this question: What is the most...
Struggling with Gratitude

Struggling with Gratitude

Cultivating an attitude of consistent gratitude is difficult. We have to be proactive about it, or else our thinking can slide toward negativity and complaining. I was aware of this slide in my own life this week. I recently moved into a new apartment. One of the nice...
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