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Encouraging Growth with Gratitude

»Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth with Gratitude

What is gratitude? Why is it so important? How do you cultivate gratitude in your life? Feeling deeply thankful for the blessings in your life is the starting place for gratitude. Showing appreciation and taking every opportunity for encouraging growth through demonstrating how you feel helps sustain the emotion. Why would you want to be grateful? The importance of gratitude cannot be underestimated. I found a fascinating blog with lovely diagrams about gratitude titled The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life by Amit Amin. The phenomenal benefits of having gratitude in your life, according to Amit, include, but are not limited to the following: happiness better health strengthens emotions develops our...

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Mastering Life Through Overcoming Greed

»Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life Through Overcoming Greed

What exactly is greed and where does it come from? Recently, the Lord was dealing with me on an issue. Something marvelous and amazing had happened in my life and I wanted more of that same experience; however, there was no direct way to reproduce it without some serious manipulation of circumstances on my part. And, honestly, if I did that, the future potential experience created would be marred by my interference with the natural flow of events falling into place, which had precipitated my enjoyment in the first place. In his book, “Authentic Happiness,” (321 pages, Free Press $26), University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman maintains (cited from Newsweek, September 16, 2002, Geoffrey Cowley with Anne Underwood) that happiness occurs...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Circumstances

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Circumstances

Do our circumstances in life have anything to do with the satisfaction we experience? “Married churchgoers tend to outscore single nonbelievers in happiness surveys, but health, wealth, good looks, and status have astonishingly little effect on what the researchers call “subjective well-being.” People living in extreme poverty are, on average, less happy than those whose basic needs are met. But once we cross that threshold, greater wealth stops making life richer,” states Geoffrey Cowley (with Anne Underwood), Newsweek, September 16, 2002. Traveling to third world countries and seeing how other people live can give an individual a very different perspective on happiness. I had the good fortune to have parents who valued traveling highly. My dad worked,...

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