The gratitude letter

The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains. Proverb At this time of global uncertainty, many people are feeling weighted down by negative emotions: fear, sadness, worry, regret. 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 taught positive psychology at the University of Michigan. One of the assignments he gave his students was to write a gratitude letter. The instructions were fairly simple: think about someone who has made a real difference in your life and write that person a …
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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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When will you be happy?

Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it. Sophocles c. 495 -429 B.C. Over the years, I’ve been an adviser to a wide range of people from countries throughout the world. When I start working with someone, one of the first questions I ask is, “When will you be happy?” or “When will you consider yourself successful?” Here’s a sampling of the answers I’ve gotten: When I complete my MBA, PhD, or some other academic accomplishment; When I’m promoted to manager, director, CEO or some other position; When I get …
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