• Christmas,  Gratitude,  Thanksgiving,  Where I'm published

    Goodwill and gratitude, all year long

    “Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining. It bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” ~Zig Ziglar Peace on earth, goodwill to all. Lately I’ve been wondering why these sentiments are limited to specific dates on the calendar. Last month, for instance, we all counted our blessings before slicing the Thanksgiving turkey, but resumed the habit of complaining about everything from corrupt politics to lousy football teams as soon as the good china was cleared from the table. As Christmas approaches, our hearts soften again. We mail greeting cards declaring our hope for humanity and the belief that goodness will triumph over evil. We…

  • Gratitude,  Holidays

    Happy Thanksgiving

    “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~John F. Kennedy While I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey with stuffing and gravy, or cranberry-anything, I’ve always appreciated the history and sentiment at the heart of our American Thanksgiving. (And I love pumpkin pie.) Unlike our brutally commercialized Christmas season, Thanksgiving doesn’t demand too much from us. It doesn’t require us to spend loads of cash or credit on gifts, nor does it push our festive energy to the limits. Regardless of our religious beliefs or church affiliation, Thanksgiving simply asks that we sit down together at a table…

  • Civility and manners,  Communication,  Friendship and relationship advice,  Gratitude

    Thank you notes

    ““Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward “Does anyone still send thank-you notes, or is that an antiquated idea?” a reader asked. It’s a worthy question as we approach the season of gratitude and giving. Etiquette experts agree that a handwritten note of appreciation is “good form” any time you’ve received a gift, a special favor, or enjoyed someone’s hospitality. Likewise, in professional situations, including job interviews, sending a thank you note sets you apart from other clients and competitors. For a modern, updated spin on thank-you notes, check out this article on Emily Post Etiquette online. Yes,…

  • Autumn,  Gratitude,  Holidays

    Your harvest, your life

    “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~Oprah Winfrey Late autumn inspires us to take stock of what we’ve planted or accomplished. The season of Thanksgiving — not just the holiday itself — underscores a simple choice we always have: We can celebrate all the good things we’ve reaped and experienced, or dwell on the difficulties we’ve encountered. A positive mindset is the natural outgrowth of appreciation. (Happy people are grateful people.) It’s part of the harvest we reap when we count everything on our gratitude list, large and small. ~CL

  • Autumn,  Gratitude,  Optimism,  Personal growth


    “Of all the practices, I believe that learning to feel and express gratitude may be the most important in achieving and maintaining a happy life.” ~Andrew Weil, M.D. Are you counting your gifts, advantages, and blessings? Numerous studies show that keeping a gratitude journal on a daily basis will improve our life satisfaction within three weeks. You need only list a few items — and they don’t have to be major. Small pleasures add up to a big increase in contentment. Consider the taste of your morning brew, the fall colors on your morning walk, or the lovely handwritten note you received in yesterday’s mail. Record your gratitude list at…