November 18, 2017

It's amazing to me that we seem to have lost the art of gratitude. We have to remind children to say "please" and "thank you". Unfortunately, we live in an age of entitlement, and it affects teens as well as adults. 

However, research now shows that being thankful is not only good for you, but it has some surprising health benefits.

1.  People that are generally thankful tend to spend more time thinking about what's good in life. They're more positive and less likely to suffer from emotional problems like depression, moodiness, and irritability.

2. Thankful people are more enjoyable to be around, and so they have a wider range of friends.  They usually have healthier relationships, too. Let's face it. Do you like being around people that are never thankful for what they have?

3.  Thankful people are a magnet for new opportunities and good things that come their way. They're quick to show appreciation for things done for them. When you make others fee...

November 11, 2017

For the last three weeks our house has been in construction mode. It's amazing how one little project can grow in the blink of an eye.

We decided to replace our well-worn, 28 year-old carpet in the living room and my office. Sounds easy enough, right?  Well, that's where "easy" comes to a screeching halt.

Since we were going to be replacing the carpet, we decided to scrape the "popcorn" texture off our vaulted ceilings. So, we thought that we may as well repaint the room. Well, the old out-dated white ceiling fan should probably be replaced with a more up-to-date one, right? Of course.

The even bigger problem came with where to put all the furniture that came from those two rooms. We moved the sofa to the family room, the love seat to a bedroom, and my desk to the kitchen in front of the island.

You know what? When you're living in chaos, it affects all areas of your life whether you realize it or not. It's made it difficult to find anything or to sit at the kitchen tab...

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