Gratitude Articles

A Grateful Resolve

Each January, with renewed determination, most of us make New Year’s resolutions and plan to better our lives. There are two basic components that affect our ability to make a change: 1) our thoughts, feelings and words; and 2) our actions. Every...

Also labeled: Author Patti Teel, Issue #32

A Thank You a Day: Gratitude Enhances Health

The health benefits of gratitude are an amazing example of just how sturdy the bridge is between the mind, body and emotions. Research shows that heart-centered feelings associated with gratitude, appreciation and caring—essentially, love—enhance...

Appreciating the Process of Birth

The knowledge of how to give birth is already inside every woman. Women need encouragement to have more faith in, and a greater appreciation for, their bodies’ wisdom. The nonprofit organization Birth Works International provides that encouragement b...

Also labeled: Author Cathy Daub, Issue #24

Balancing Emotions

Many people oscillate between elated and depressed states, and feel out of control in regard to their own lives. They do not experience true fulfillment, and suffer from depression without understanding how to see the magnificence of their current...

Blessings

Last week I was on vacation at a friend’s mountain home in California. Not only do I adore her and her family, but I also fell in love with her home, situated on 15 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. During one trip down the mountain into town, I...

Also labeled: Author Alicia Bayer, Issue #23

Counting Our Blessings

Getting used to our blessings is one of the most important non-evil generators of human evil, tragedy and suffering. —Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality Here’s a ritual of mine. Often, when I pay a bill, buy something or enj...

Don’t Judge, Enjoy! Your Present Moments are Precious

I’ve discovered that I have greater success with living life in the present moment when I remove judgment from what I’m experiencing. Rather than making an event a bad or a good experience, I find myself being in the “isness” of the moment; that is,...

Fostering the Flip Side of Gratitude

Cajoled into seeing a friend’s obstetrician—the one she praised so highly—I came prepared with a list of questions folded up in my jeans pocket. But I didn’t get a chance to ask my questions about a doula or the Leboyer method. The doctor walked in,...

Gratitude & Appreciation As a Secret to Success

The best attitude you can possibly aspire to express year-round is one of gratitude and appreciation. Being truly grateful for what is already present in your life will automatically and effortlessly attract more good into your life. Make a...

Gratitude: Upgrade your Life

We are always self-creating. When we focus our consciousness toward gratitude, beauty and communion, we weave peace into our very cells. This isn’t just flowery sentiment; this comes from leading-edge research in the fields of positive psychology a...

Happiness is a Choice

Although it may be tempting to dismiss a call to happiness during troubled economic times, world strife, or personal grief as overly optimistic or too simplistic, I believe these are just the occasions for a reminder that when it comes to...

Also labeled: Author Todd Smith, Issue #30

Letters From Our Readers

Reader Response to “Breastfeed a Toddler…” I was very excited to read your article entitled “Breastfeed a Toddler… Why on Earth?”. I am very supportive of breastfeeding, and love to read articles on the benefits so I can pass them on....

Rejecting a Pre-Packaged Life

How many things do you do because you’re supposed to? Because your relatives and neighbors expect it? Because it’s easy and you don’t have to think about it? How many of those things are taking you and your kids in a positive and healthy direction?...

Also labeled: Author Sandra Dodd, Issue #36

The Benefits of Gratitude

It’s true: Our world is pretty messed up. There’s certainly no shortage of justifications for disappointment and cynicism. But what are you grateful for? It’s a question that could change your life. Recent studies have concluded that the...

The Sacred Genius of Generosity

The Sun, each second, transforms four million tons of itself into light, giving itself over to become energy that we, with every meal, partake of. For four million years, humans have been feasting on the Sun’s energy stored in the form of plants a...