Gratitude Myth-Busting

It takes a lot of courage to be a strong and grateful woman. Myths swirl about both. Strong women are still perceived as difficult or angry, b*tches or worse. Being a kind and grateful women makes you a doormat, a Pollyanna, or just silly. After 15 years of research here's what Dr. Richard Emmons, the world's foremost authority on gratitude, says that shatters gratitude myths... 5 Gratitude Myths Busted Myth 1 - Gratitude leads to complacency. Busted: Being grateful doesn't make you lazy, it gives you a sense of purpose and desire to do … [Read more...]

Letting Go of Superficial Happiology

As we launch into this new year of possibilities, let's let go of one thing:   rapid-response gratitude. Shocked? I know, I know. I often express my radical agreement that thinking positively makes a huge difference in how we feel, speak and create. Pontificating about and promoting gratitude is something I believe in and love doing. So let me clarify by first asking you some questions: Do you have family members, friends or colleagues who frequently tell you to count your blessings no matter what is happening? When your life … [Read more...]

Women Getting Our Gratitude On

Externally Grateful for Strong Women & Men Who Embrace Their Worth! Hope you're getting your gratitude on this week! As someone once wrote, "Strong Women:  May we be them. May we know them. May we raise them." Over the past year, I'm so grateful for coming to know more strong women and men who fully support equal power, choice and responsibility. It takes a lot of courage to be a strong woman in America. There are myths that swirl around strong women -- and gratitude. As we continue to break through myths about strong women being … [Read more...]

Raising Heroes Harder?

Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. "If you want your children to be intelligent," he said, "read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." He understood the value of reading, and of imagining. Einstein might have said the same thing about raising heroes:  If you want children to be leaders, have them read more fairy tales. Driving away from the Sacramento airport a few days ago I spotted this billboard:  Kids Disgusted With Congress. Tonight at 5:00. A … [Read more...]

Do You Meditate or Pray Daily?

Americans are the most anxious people in the world. About one in five Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, the most common form of psychiatric ailment. According to the World Health Organization, 31 percent of Americans are likely to experience from an anxiety problem at some point in their lives – more than any people anywhere in the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, American women suffer from a number of anxiety disorders -- including generalized anxiety and panic attacks -- at a rate twice as high as that for men. Is it American … [Read more...]

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