On being thankful

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple — yet so difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Bill P. and Lisa D. Hazelden Publishing With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it seems only appropriate to discuss the importance of reflecting on all the good things we have in life. The Pilgrim Fathers recognized the value of expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and started the tradition of setting aside a special day to give thanks for our …
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Blamesgiving Day

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple — yet so difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Bill P. and Lisa D. Authors, Hazelden Publishing One of my daily rituals is to read the newspaper, and one part of the newspaper I always read is the comics. Sometimes I find real humor in the comics, and there are also times when the humor contains a gem of wisdom. I remember one episode a …
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Write a gratitude letter

The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains. Proverb Last week, I suggested that you adopt a New Year’s resolution to be happier this year. Here’s a simple activity you can do which will not only brighten your day but improve another person’s as well. Professor Christopher Peterson teaches positive psychology at the University of Michigan. One of the assignments he gives his students is to write a gratitude letter. The instructions are fairly simple: think about someone who has made a real difference in your life and write that person a letter expressing your …
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