Posts tagged: Gratitude

A generous way to make life better

| November 17, 2015

One of the best things about living life with a generous spirit is how easy it is. And how cost-effective — it’s really just the price of a kind intention. For instance…

Someone enters the living room where you’re sitting on the couch engrossed in conversation or “Game of Thrones.” Your instinct is to scoot over so the new person can sit and join in. That’s an act of generosity — making room for other people.

It’s a way of responding to our fellow human beings that says: I accept you, you can trust me, let’s get along. And, well, things only get better from there.

At the core of generous gestures — inviting an opinion, sharing an insight, forgiving a mistake — is a decidedly uncompetitive attitude. This is where it can get a little tricky, because we’re competitive by nature.

But what if we decided there’s room for all of us? If, read more

7 simple ways to pay it forward

| November 17, 2015

If intentionally doing something thoughtful were a daily requirement, the resulting happiness could change your corner of the world. In addition to benefiting the recipient, the act of paying it forward (extending the goodwill in our life to someone else’s) increases our sense of well-being — because we know we did something that mattered. The size of the gesture is read more

7 simple ways to feel more positive

| October 8, 2015

Before you can change a problem, it helps to switch to a more positive outlook. Fortunately, it doesn’t take all that much to do it. Try any of these for an instant attitude read more

Gratitude is great — paying it forward is even better

| November 20, 2014

We’re in the season of gratitude, and thank goodness for that.

The air’s turned colder and it’s dark by 4 pm, giving us sufficient fodder for complaints (on top of our usual stuff). So remembering to get a little grateful really does helps. If we’re busy reflecting on the love we feel for mashed potatoes, there’s no room to hate on a 3:54 sunset. It’s replacement thinking; it doesn’t make the bad stuff go away, but it makes it less important.

Plus, practicing gratitude is easy. All we have to do is lean back and think about what’s good in our life. It brings on a sense of contentment to beat the band. What could be better than that?

Paying it forward.

Paying it forward matches gratitude (it makes us happy) and multiplies it (it makes other people happy and perpetuates the happiness).

Just so there’s no confusion, let’s define what the phrase means. Paying it forward read more

Finding: The gratitude cure

| May 8, 2014

You’ve got to accentuate the positiveEliminate the negativeLatch on to the affirmativeDon’t mess with Mister In-Between

Okay, uplifting song lyrics can sound like cold comfort when we find ourselves on a hard road, or when unexpected obstacles appear on the path toward our goals. But researchers in four separate studies show that the physiological benefits of “latching on to the affirmative” are real. Just spending a few minutes each night jotting down things that you’re grateful for can lead to a 25% increase in happiness, better sleep, fewer health complaints, and a greater tendency to be generous toward others.

The trick is to surface things that you’re truly grateful for. Faking gratitude won’t achieve these amazing benefits. Try noting — and sharing — things you like about yourself, your friends, your job, your spouse, or even a stranger. Here are 40 ways to get read more

Why gratitude makes life better + 40 ways to get started

| November 25, 2013

There’s not a single downside to gratitude — except that it’s easy to ignore.

When put into practice, gratitude creates a virtuous circle. It fosters contentment, joy, respect, and connection to our world and the people in it. You might say it’s a recipe for happiness.

Gratitude makes us feel good inside. And when we share it, other people feel good inside. And you know what happens then: The feel-good-insiders send their goodwill to more people, who in turn start feeling good inside. Good feelings boomerang everywhere.

Now if that sounds too absurdly optimistic, consider this: Free-flowing gratitude can help you get unstuck. “Feeling good lubricates mental efficiency, making people better at understanding information and using decision rules in complex judgments,” writes psychologist Daniel Goleman in his book Primal Leadership. Translation: It makes you smarter.

The rub is, we can’t just hit-and-run with gratitude — you know, give a little to get a read more

Unstuck is about balancing your viewpoint

| June 20, 2013

We’re always amazed at how much better life seems when we take time to appreciate a kindness or a person or a lucky break. Seems a simple thing to do, yet gratitude easily gets lost in the shuffle of life — to our detriment. At Unstuck, we’re grateful for how well the app was received when it launched. We’re grateful for all the people who strive to make their lives better — it benefits everyone. We’re grateful that so many have found the time to reach out to us with praise or a suggestion or even a complaint. We could go on, but maybe it’s your turn. Here are 9 tips to help make gratitude a regular part of read more

Unstuck is about letting go

| March 19, 2013

It feels good sometimes to hold a grudge against someone. To burrow our way deep down into resentment and run a continuous loop of wrongdoing — reinforcing our outrage or hurt or sadness. Think about all the energy that goes into that. And even more energy if you harbor a revenge fantasy or two. Can you flip it? Can you redirect that passion and creativity into repaying a kindness? It will get you read more

Unstuck is about appreciating what we have

| February 25, 2013

When you think about it, you can’t help but be amazed at the world and the possibilities in our lives. But you have to think about it. Here are 9 ways to cultivate read more