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Why the Small Things Matter

Why the Small Things Matter

A few months ago, while shopping in Target, I found myself in the kitchen section. Because I was killing time before I had to pick up my daughter from school, I lingered in the aisles a little longer than I normally would. A large four-cup measuring cup caught my eye. I was reminded that I’ve […]

Essentials for the Art of Appreciation

Essentials for the Art of Appreciation

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”  —Margaret Cousins   Appreciation means to increase in value. Although we understand the concept of appreciation in the financial sense, increasing the value of others is not as clear. Rather than talk about the how-to’s, let me describe the necessary […]

The Health Benefits of Gratitude

The Health Benefits of Gratitude

Abi knows the drill by now. At least once every couple of months, her mother and I pack up a bunch of clothes and electronics and other stuff we’ve outgrown, load the boxes into the car and drive down to the local Goodwill donation center. At 5 years old, Abi still giggles at the ding-ding […]

Simple Ways to Spread Kindness

Simple Ways to Spread Kindness

1. Make someone’s day. As children, our parents tell us to make up for misbehaving by doing something nice for someone. As adults, we help friends move into a new house; we bring hot meals to new mothers; we might even donate time or money to local charities a few times a year. After all, […]

Adopt An Abundance Mindset

Adopt An Abundance Mindset

Have you ever been to a nice restaurant, had a delicious dinner in a beautiful environment with great service, then received a bill that nearly made you fall out of your seat? How did that change your mood? Did you walk out of the restaurant raving about the experience or lamenting over the bill? Why […]

Become Great At Thanking Your Employees This Year

Become Great At Thanking Your Employees This Year

Thanking people actually fosters more behavior worthy of thanks. You are more likely to leave a large tip if your server writes a thank you note on your restaurant bill, according to a psychological science research article published in the Sage Journals. Gratitude, argue the authors, makes benefactors aware that their actions are kind and appreciated, and […]

MAKING IT BETTER: A Mixed Bag

This week I have a number of things running through my mind simultaneously so I figured I would just share them all with you. I start with sharing in the excitement with our dear Auntie, sister and creator of this awesome website, Mrs Adeleye-Fayemi of another accomplishment and feather in her cap. The publishing of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: What Are You Thankful For?

LOUD WHISPERS:  What Are You Thankful For?

As I was thinking about what to write for Loud Whispers this week, I was determined that it would not be any ‘gripe writing’. There is so much negativity going around locally, nationally and internationally, that anxiety, anger and sadness has been normalized. It is difficult to summon up positive energy when all you hear […]

5 Incredibly Simple Ways to Start Your Morning Strong

5 Incredibly Simple Ways to Start Your Morning Strong

Every day, life is going to throw you curve balls. Investing a small amount of your morning creating a mindset of resilience and optimism will prepare you for what’s ahead. Even if you get the rug pulled out from under you, you’ll recover more quickly if you’ve started the day in a place of strength. […]

24 Daily Moments of Happiness

24 Daily Moments of Happiness

Celebrating happiness seems to have hit a new high ever since Pharrell’s song “Happy” blew up. With its catchy tune and association with minions (the giddiest little creatures ever), that song is impossible to dislike. If you do, you’re a heartless soul. You probably hate puppies, too. Anyways, the concept of an International Day of […]

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