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Some Days, It’s Not Easy To Be Grateful

To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings. ~Dr. Robert Emmons

There are times when feeling grateful is really tough. Many things can have us looking on the downside rather than counting our blessings.

  • A loved one is ill or passed away.
  • We lost our job.
  • The car breaks down.
  • We’re having financial woes.
  • Our favorite sports team lost the playoffs.
Tough times, when faced with honesty and courage can make us better, stronger, wiser people.  Read more
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Make The Best Of Things

Throughout our lives, we are presented with opportunities. How we view these situations and what we do with them is our choice. At times, we may feel an opportunity is more of an obstacle.

In the story below, famous violinist Itzhak Perlman reaches into himself to create beautiful music with what is available to him at that very moment. His situation illustrates how we all have the chance to create and contribute even when circumstances are not the best.

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World renown violinist Itzhak Perlman was stricken with polio at the age of four. He eventually recovered and learned to walk with crutches. Today, he uses crutches, leg braces or an electric scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.  Read more

Gratitude: Coming Home To Happiness

It’s easy to grow accustomed to the many things and people that support us in daily living. Sometimes I find myself complaining about what is lacking and forget to see and appreciate all the goodness in my life.

Recently, the cables were down in my neighborhood for a whole day. I had no access to the Internet. Can you imagine?! At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself. How many times have I put “Internet connection” on my gratitude list? Never. It’s there now. (See journals below.)

Gratitude is one of the practices that leads to contentment, happiness and abundance. One of my favorite stories that illustrates gratitude is about Nasreddin, a legendary Sufi jester said to have existed during the Middle Ages.

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One day Nasreddin saw a man sitting in a shadow of gloom, face in his hands. The man looked so forlorn that Nasreddin stopped, hoping to be able to console him.  Read more

It’s a Sweet Life….& Sweet, New Products

When you stop & smell the flowers life is sweet. Witness the beauty in all that you meet.

A positive, appreciative outlook allows us to fully experience the sweetness of life. It is a conscious choice to live every moment with love, grace and gratitude. By doing so, we open our hearts to happiness, growth and abundance.  Read more

Stand, Jump & Splash About In Awe

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein

Take time to open your eyes and really see all of the amazing, wonderful things and people surrounding you. Read more

20 Things That Will Strengthen Your Relationships

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~ Jane Howard

Eleven years ago today, thousands of people lost loved ones, members of their ‘family’, in one of the most tragic events in United States history.

Family doesn’t have to mean blood related or related by marriage. Family are also those people who lift you up and encourage you, make you smile, know when to offer a bear hug or a silly joke, the ones who accept you for who you are and loves you for you.

All of these relationships, especially the ones that encourage growth, acceptance and appreciation, need nurturing. Below are 20 bits of advice to ensure those relationships continue to bloom and flourish as well as to seed new, healthy connections. Read more

Celebrating The Newly Redesigned Gratitude Habitat Website & Shop

We are excited to unveil the newly redesigned Gratitude Habitat website and Gift Shop.

The remodeled website is filled with motivational quotes, ideas and activities that coincide with stunningly beautiful photos. All are designed to inspire an ‘attitude of gratitude’. Read more