Category Archives: Happiness and Gratitude


When Gratitude is Imperfect 5

As November started, I decided to start having a nightly gratitude session with my little ones. Each night, we would each share three things we were grateful for. I thought this was such a great idea, and I could teach my little ones the power of gratitude. It was going really well for two whole […]

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude

The pessimist sess difficulty in every opportunity Winston Churchill

Lemons, Pebbles, and Optimism 3

I recently was asked to speak about “When Life Gives You Lemons” by a friend to a group of women in her church group. She wanted the focus to be on how we can find happiness and peace even in the midst of difficulty. I remember thinking: “Sure, I can do that!” But, then came […]


Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person 32

Fall is here.  I just made my first pot of chili with cornbread last night. It reminded me that we are there: Fall. I love the smells of fall, the colors, the beginning of the exciting holiday season.  I love the foods of Fall.  The sounds of leaves crunching under your boots.  I love the […]

Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person

10 Ways to Choose Optimism Today

The Science of Happiness: 10 Ways to Choose Optimism 18

The other day, I sat listening to five children giggling in my basement. They were “camping” with a pretend fire, roasting pretend marshmallows and having a joyous time. The thought crosses my mind, “How would it be to be a child again? To laugh without reserve, to create make-believe worlds, and spend much of your day […]


top 10 health and happiness posts of 2014

Top 10 Health and Happiness Posts of 2014 6

So we are looking at 2015 right in the face. Can you believe it? We are heading into a new year, which is a great opportunity to review what is going well, and what needs to be adjusted. As I look back at this year, I see a lot of changes in my personal life, […]


23 Ways to Regain the Christmas Spirit When You’ve Been Scrooged 9

  If you are coming by from Camille’s Advent Calendar, welcome!! You can check out the rest of her posts here.   Ever feel grumpy around Christmas? You know, really Scrooge-worthy? You’ve been driving around with crying, unhappy children looking for those last few gifts and you just can’t take one more: “Mom, I need […]

23 Ways to Reclaim the Christmas Spirit When You've Been Scrooged

Small Things Take Up the Most Space

The Power of the Small 17

I have been thinking this week about small things. Little things. Salt. Yeast. A thank you. A hug. You see, I truly believe that greatness is not made of one huge endeavor or success. Greatness comes from many, many acts of small and seemingly insignificant efforts. Like adding salt to your meal. Like adding yeast […]


One Thing You Can Do to Be More Grateful Today! Free Printable 20

I know that November is the month of gratitude, and if you stick around here long enough, you will find that I talk about gratitude a lot! I think it is because it is one of my strengths. It hasn’t always been, and I have to work on it regularly. I know that when I […]

The Gratitude Jar

Treasure Hunt for Gratitude

A Treasure Hunt for Gratitude 6

Can you believe November is here? Wow! What happened October? Where did it go? I have felt time slipping by so fast lately. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go and speak at a Women’s Forum. Gail Miller (wife of the late Larry Miller of the Utah Jazz) was the keynote speaker and they had several […]