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Ways to Practice the Art of Being Thankful

Posted: December 26, 2017

Most people have heard the expression “The Attitude of Gratitude,” but beyond knowing the saying, how do you ensure it is a part of your consciousness? I see gratitude as a key ingredient to being and feeling our best and it doesn’t have to just be once a year during Thanksgiving. In fact, practicing the daily dose of gratitude may be the best antidote for dealing with the struggles and pressures that face us all. Thanksgiving merely provides a scheduled opportunity to help refocus our perspective rejuvenate our desire to get in touch with this perhaps the very best version of ourselves.

For myself, I know that when I come from a place of being grateful everything and everyone else around me seems to improve. Does it really improve? Naturally, in many cases, things don’t magically change, but what does change is my perspective and most of the time this is all that is necessary.

In planning for one of the busiest months of my calendar I offer quick list of six random items to remind us of how much we all have to be grateful for.


Happiness is Key to Claiming you are at your Personal Best

Posted: December 26, 2017

As a boy, I think what drew me to Martial Arts was the demeanor Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee had in their movies. Both characters had their share of adversity both physically and mentally, but I always watched in awe at how calm they were under the most stressful of circumstances. They found their focus, did what they needed to do and then went back to their normal happy life.

Are you happy? Does the answer depend on when you are reading this? Are you a person that exudes happiness all the time? I think you may agree with me there are certainly moments in life where happiness permeates everything around us. Many have experienced flow states where everything just seems to fall in place and moves in the right direction. Don’t you love when that happens? The challenge is that often the complexity of life doesn’t allow for euphoric environments around us. So how do you handle yourself when the “daily grind” threatens to steal your happiness away?

Here are some suggestions from Personal Development expert Brian Tracy that will keep you focused on the right things and give you more daily joy and happiness in your life.


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