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One simple method to foster positive thinking

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I'm not exactly sure when or why I started the bedtime tradition of “best part of the day” with my children. It became a great way to connect with them, and help end their day on a positive note. I didn't realize it then, but what I was fostering in them, was quiet observation and positive thinking.

I heard recently that most people choose to avoid quiet time by themselves to think their thoughts. They're afraid of what might surface, so instead fill their time up with noise or activity. It's h…

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A Pandemic Might Just be the Greatest Opportunity to Learn Appreciation

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Driving home the other night, I was struck by the beauty of snow laced trees and the emptiness of the highway. The first a normal winter scene and the second, not. 

10 months into the pandemic normal and abnormal continue to weave through our lives. 

Separately, they each give rise to similar circumstances but different feelings. Gently falling snow, accumulating on the spruce trees to paint a beautiful picture. Quiet, still, solitary.

The empty highway, devoid of other vehicles, no tracks to…

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Lessons Learned About the Importance of Gratitude

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One of the biggest life lessons for most of us, is how to exercise our gratitude muscle.

It's the means of feeling on a daily basis, good about your life, even when things are tough. Maybe, especially useful, when life is tough. We all have pivotal moments in our lives, the older we get, the more we have. One of mine falls on February 1st, 2012.

That date, that year is etched in my mind because it began the chapter of my life where chronic pain started. A journey which would be the catalyst fo…

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