Take Time for Gratitude

Last year, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the U.S. as a Category 3 storm and caused massive destruction. As a resident of the greater West Palm Beach, Florida area, my family and I were just one of the many families that evacuated our homes to ensure our safety. After the storm passed, we returned home to find that luckily nothing was seriously damaged, and of course, our family was safe.

However, there are many who suffered greatly due to the effects of this storm. Probably one of the hardest hit areas was Haiti, where the death toll is now approaching 900 lives lost. Haiti will continue to need our manpower, resources, and prayers for quite some time to rebound from this damaging natural disaster.

While I spent much of that week concerned about what the storm would bring, I am now reflecting on how grateful I am to have had the means to evacuate and protect my family. In fact, there are many things for which I am grateful, but too often we seem to forget them or lose focus on...

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Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness

Many people spend their whole lives searching for happiness, constantly looking for the perfect situation that they believe will make them happy. Others have found that happiness is really a choice that one has to make regardless of their current place in life. After all, we are human beings. We are not going to be naturally happy all of the time. We are triggered by negative people and events within our environment. Much of this is beyond our control, which can leave people feeling helpless and unhappy.

However, the truth of the matter is that happiness is within your grasp. If you open your mind and embrace these four simple practices, your level of happiness grow significantly.

FOCUS ON GRATITUDE

We hear so much about gratitude and being thankful for what we have, but there is so much truth to this. If you are truly grateful, you will find it difficult to be unhappy. There is always someone who wishes they had what you have in your life. Perhaps you are too focused on the one or...

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