Category: gratitude

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Friday 17th November 2017

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could ...

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

How To Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Be Grateful When You Don't Feel Like It

It was “Takk for Alt” at our little country church in rural Iowa. “Takk for alt” is Norwegian for “thanks for everything,” and this has long been the tradition at our 125-year-old church, where gray-haired farmers share pews with diapered babies and their mamas. Every November, around ...

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Monday 30th October 2017

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

One of the happiest men I know turned 80 years old last week. That’s my dad. If you’ve been around here long, you know Dad’s story. You know about his unstoppable optimism and his heart of gratitude. You can see it in his face. What you can’t see in the picture is his ...

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Monday 20th February 2017

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

One of the best ways to hold onto your happiness is simply by saying, “Thanks.” Sadly, I don’t always. Instead, I get tripped up by one of the major obstacles standing in the way of happiness: The belief that we would be happy “if only . . . .” “If only we could have peace […]

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Tuesday 1st November 2016

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

The other day, I was on the verge of having another anxiety attack — the same kind that I wrote about in my book The Happiness Dare. I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set ...

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Friday 4th March 2016

A Powerful Lesson on Gratitude (& an update on Dad)

A Powerful Lesson on Gratitude (& an update on Dad)

As many of you know, my Dad had part of his right leg amputated last week. Can I just tell you: He’s doing GREAT. So is Mom. I’ve never seen two people who have been so hope-filled and positive in the midst of trial. There was this moment — and I’m going to get a […]

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Tuesday 26th January 2016

Gratitude Starts With a “P”

Kristen Welch

Gratitude Starts With A P By Kristen Welch A year ago, early on a Saturday morning, we loaded up the car and drove an hour to a government housing complex. Twenty-two apartment buildings line either side of a long street, home to more than fifty thousand refugees relocated to our city. A few of ...

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Tuesday 1st July 2014

What We’ve Got to Know About Life … and Death (A Story from the Farm)

What We've Got to Know About Life ... and Death (A Story from the Farm)

Anna bursts through the back door, breathless and wide-eyed. “Mom! Paige had her kittens, and we know it’s true because she’s not pregnant anymore, and because her belly is all skinny again. I felt it.” She catches her breath and starts in again. “But we’ve looked all over, and we can’t find ...

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