How Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Your Happiness

By Julie Leonard First or several years now I have had a small wooden tray with a jar and a pen and a little pile of coloured paper sitting on my desk. And at the end of each day I write down something I am thankful for. Some days it is something big, like today and my new comfortable bed arriving. Other days it is simply I watched a squirrel on my balcony or the sun was shining. This simple act of expressing gratitude can radically affect my mood and my mindset. Our human brains have a tendency to focus … Continue reading How Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Your Happiness

Finding Gratitude in the Hardest of Places

By Amie Mignatti As our life progresses, we find ourselves in situations which are uncomfortable, painful and hard to understand and deal with. We find ourselves lost, uncertain of which way to go and what the right thing is to do. We tend to cling to the safe way- where things work well, feel good and we know where we stand. However, we are not in control, there is a greater force that throws curve balls in our plans and threatens our security. We have all lived through these situations. We have met fear, sadness, pain, suffering, anger and a … Continue reading Finding Gratitude in the Hardest of Places