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    How to Practice Gratefulness This Holiday Season

    How to Practice Gratefulness this Holiday Season ¬†Between calculating the cost of the turkey dinner and dealing with your loving but crazy family, thankfulness can be the last thing on your mind. Even Forbes says that depression increases steadily over the holidays due to a rise in stress. In this quick article, I outline how to practice gratefulness during this hectic holiday season.   Gratitude journals increase your happiness Two Harvard professors conducted a clinical study on two groups who were asked to write gratitude prompts on a weekly basis and compared them with a group of people who wrote about their aggravations and their general outlook on life. The…

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    Learning and Relearning Gratitude

    Guest post by Dragongal from dragonsonfire.com On life and expectations I used to whine and complain a lot. As an elementary school teacher, I was always overwhelmed with the demands placed on me by the students, parents, and administrators. My frustrations often got the best of me, and I would vent to my friends, co-workers, and my husband. Intellectually, I knew I was fortunate. My husband and I both had full-time jobs. We had a nice home and enjoyed traveling the world. But still, I complained. I believe this was due to unrealistic expectations. I expected a lot out of myself and the world around me. Related Article:¬†My Struggle with…