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Fourteen Reasons to be Grateful

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Point to Ponder:
Do you regularly acknowledge what you are grateful for?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

As you have likely noticed, during the month of November we are celebrating gratitude! Not only are we eager to blast out our gratitude in our social media #ignitegratefulgram contest, but we are fired up to wear our gratitude loud and proud with our NEW ‘Grateful’ fall apparel.

We are not at all suggesting or asking that you post or wear your grateful spirit to be boastful about your “things”. Instead, the motivation behind our Grateful Campaign is to encourage the daily action of giving thanks for our amazing lives and blessings…because when life gets inevitably tough, a grateful spirit can change a bad day into a good day, and a good day into a great day, because gratitude changes everything. I’m hopeful that our Grateful Campaign will inspire and reignite a grateful spirit in everyone.

There is no denying that acknowledging our blessings on a daily basis leads to a physiological reaction that creates a happy and peacful state in the body. To go a step further, based on the findings from a fascinating gratitude experiment conducted by two psychologists, writing down what we are grateful for leads to even greater results. Check this out:

“Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude and its impact on well-being. The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful. The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of 1. alertness, 2. enthusiasm, 3. determination, 4. optimism, and 5. energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less 6. depression and 7. stress, and 8. were more likely to help others, 9. exercised more regularly, and 10. made greater progress toward achieving personal goals. In addition, Dr. Emmons’ research shows that those who practice gratitude tend to be more 11. creative, 12. bounce back more quickly from adversity, 13. have a stronger immune system, and 14. have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude. He further points out that “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.” – The Change Blog

Something that I am experimenting with in our family is a gratitude jar. The jar sits in the middle of our dining room table and each evening at dinner, we talk about one thing we are grateful for, followed with writing it down on piece of paper and placing it in the jar. Because I have small children who can’t write, I have been writing what they say as as well as including the date. It has become a sweet and focused time which stirs up great conversation (even with a two and a four year old). My personal goal is to revisit the jar of notes during our Thanksgiving meal and to continue writing down what we are grateful for throughout the month of November and the remainder of the year.

Another idea is to print and cut out our Grateful Printables. Then, place your jar, printables and pen in a high-traffic area in your home and anytime you or your family members pass by it, drop a gratitude note in the jar. From a good nights rest, a warm a cup of coffee to the blessing of good health, family and friends, it all counts and taking the time to acknowledging your blessings will make a positive impact in your health, relationships and overall quality of life. And, several months from now or anytime you need a pick-me-up, all you have to do is read what’s in the jar and you are guaranteed a good laugh, happy cry and/or mood booster. Why? Because gratitude changes everything!

Action Item:
Print out our Grateful Printables. Place your jar, printables and pen in a high-traffic area in your home and anytime you or your family members pass by it, drop a gratitude note in the jar. Or, at dinner each evening have each family member write down and discuss what they are grateful for and place in the jar.

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“Life Without Coffee” Betty’s Day 8 | 10-Day Body Re-Boot

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Life Without Coffee

by Betty Cunningham

by Betty Cunningham

I love coffee. I love the smell, I love the taste, I love the way it makes me feel. Some of my fondest memories involve a cup of coffee. I love coffee.

A long long time ago, before Starbucks was on every corner in America, the first place I would visit upon my return to my Homeland, was the original Starbucks on the corner of 1st and Pike in Seattle. Coffee and I go way back.

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

As much as I love coffee, I know in my heart of hearts, the effect of caffeine on my digestive system is not always positive and I knew that I needed a reboot away from caffeine and the one I love.

The first day of the reboot was fantastic for about the first six hours. Then…..the headache, I needed a nap, and please somebody bring me some chips!

Day two and three were miserable. I began having bad thoughts about the reboot and anyone associated with it. I was in a complete fog and my brain was shutting down. Help me, I’m melting…. I must admit that I had a Starbucks on Friday and I loved it. The good news is though, I did not fall completely off the wagon and I have made it another two days without caffeine.

Takeout salads for lunch in Dallas

Takeout salads for lunch in Dallas

Today, I felt great. I felt light all day long and my brain was functioning at full capacity. I started the day with the breakfast of champions: Oatmeal with strawberries and almond milk, and of course hot lemon water.

I caught a flight to Dallas and had a working lunch with a take-out salad and I even made a bottle of cranberry water for the trip.

Dinner I shared a Maudie’s power bowl and fruit salad by Kyle.

Dinner: Power Bowl from Maudie's

Dinner: Power Bowl from Maudie’s

I have learned that I can live without coffee and that my body is actually thanking me for the reboot.

Fruit salad by Kyle

Fruit salad by Kyle

Let’s finish strong! We can do this!

2 Days to go! How are you feeling on day 8? Share your experience by clicking “Comment” below.