October 2019

10 Things You Should Do Each Day for a Happy Life

 

If you want to be happier, there’s good news. You don’t have to do anything dramatic or overly challenging to regularly put a big smile on your face. Only a few simple things are needed to experience greater levels of happiness. It’s much easier than you think. 

Use these ideas to enjoy greater happiness in your day-to-day life: 

  • 1. Experience gratitude. Gratitude puts your mind in a positive state. Imagine the difference between feeling gratitude a few times each day versus focusing on your challenges several times each day.

●     Gratitude reminds you that things aren’t as bad as they seem. This can be enough to keep you going.

  • 2. Exercise. It’s good for your body and mind. It reduces stress and has so many other benefits. If you don’t have a physically demanding job, exercise is necessary for maximum happiness.

  • 3. Look forward to something. It could be a weekend getaway, buying a new book after work on Friday, or seeing an old friend next month. Big or small, give yourself something you can look forward to.

  • 4. Live in the present. Avoid spending too much time thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Life can only happen right now. If your mind is somewhere else, you’re not really living.

  • 5. Get an early start to your day. A good morning leads to a good day. A good day leads to a good week, and so on. One of the best ways to have a good day is to have a good morning. Give yourself enough time to have a great morning on a consistent basis.

●     Most of us don’t use the late evening hours productively, so go to bed and convert those late hours to early hours. Seize the day!

  • 6. Deal with the things that sap your happiness. Being happy isn’t only about positive things. It’s also about removing the negative. What are the biggest hassles and annoyances in your life right now? Take steps to minimize or eliminate them. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel.

  • 7. Help someone else. It’s not all about you. There’s a part of you that instinctively knows this. If everything in your life is about you, you’ll never be as happy as you could be. Regularly spend some time doing something for someone else. You’ll be happier with yourself.

  • 8. Take action toward a goal. When you pursue a goal, you’re taking control of your life. This is very different from just responding to life’s curveballs. Set a goal and begin working toward achieving it.

  • 9. Forgive quickly. We don’t like to forgive others. We feel they don’t deserve it. Unfortunately, most of the people that have wronged you aren’t especially bothered by your opinions of them. You’re only hurting yourself by holding a grudge.

●     Forgiveness just means you’re not going to have negative thoughts over the issue anymore. It doesn’t have to mean giving the other person another chance.

  • 10. Learn something new. It should be unthinkable to live an entire year and not learn something useful or interesting. Each year should bring some personal growth. Get started. What do you want to learn?

 

We all strive to be happy. It has been argued by many philosophers that it’s the only true drive we have, that everything we do is an attempt to feel better about ourselves or our lives.

 Spend some time implementing these ideas and ask yourself what you need to be happier. Set a goal to increase the happiness in your life.

What an honor it is to have both Joy  and  Kim as speakers along side such greats as Jack Canfield?!?

What an honor it is to have both Joy and Kim as speakers along side such greats as Jack Canfield?!?

We are SO pleased to invite you to the World Gratitude Summit™. This is the biggest ONLINE (virtual) learning event for individuals, leaders, and entrepreneurs globally! It’s happening on October 19-20, 2019! Since this is online, you can join from anywhere in the world. 

And the best part? It's FREE.

Get your FREE Pass here -->  http://bit.ly/WGSKim-Joy

Here's a glimpse of what you will learn in the online summit:

  • Thank and Grow Rich

  • Gratitude: The Key to a Happy Life

  • The Scientific Benefits of Gratitude

  • How to Grow Revenue with Gratitude

  • How Gratitude Leads to Generosity

  • Gratitude and Mental Toughness

  • and many more!


And here's the complete line up of our speakers:

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We've invited 20 of the world’s best selling authors, happiness scientists, psychologists and leaders to bring you the power of gratitude to increase love, joy, fun, good health, and wealth into your life. 

Get your FREE Pass here —> http://bit.ly/WGSKim-Joy

See you at the online summit!


Joy & Kim



World Gratitude Day 2019

Welcome to World Gratitude Day 2019.  In the world today we are exposed to so many negative influences and we want to be a positive influence in your day today and every day.  So, while the world around you may feel like it’s falling apart, we want you to find the good that is also around you every day.

You may be asking yourself, “What good – have you seen the news?  Have you heard about another child that died at the hands of someone?  Have you looked at the wars still going on around the world right now?”

Of course those things are going on but let’s be honest – none of that is new – it’s been going on for thousands of years and yet every day a new baby is born, someone invents a new vaccine that cures a disease, a child from the  poor side of town pulls themselves out and becomes a doctor or lawyer or maybe even invents something life changing.

When we get down to the difference in how people see the world it comes down to how you see it and if you are grateful for what you have and where you are in the current moment.  You’re not living in the past but living for your bright future.  It’s being grateful that you are here now and alive.  You’re a gift from God that has value and worth.  It’s what you believe to be true not what you hear or assume.

You are the change that the world needs.  You have the power to be grateful in all that there is right now and celebrate your amazing life.  Why do you think your life would change or get better if you continue to find only the negative things when there is equally if not more wonderful things to celebrate?

Make today and everyday a grateful day.

 

Joy Harris

September 2019

What an honor it is to have both Joy and Kim as speakers along side such greats as Jack Canfield?!?

We are SO pleased to invite you to the World Gratitude Summit™. This is the biggest ONLINE (virtual) learning event for individuals, leaders, and entrepreneurs globally! It’s happening on October 19-20, 2019! Since this is online, you can join from anywhere in the world. 

And the best part? It's FREE.

Get your FREE Pass here -->  http://bit.ly/WGSKim-Joy

Here's a glimpse of what you will learn in the online summit:

  • Thank and Grow Rich

  • Gratitude: The Key to a Happy Life

  • The Scientific Benefits of Gratitude

  • How to Grow Revenue with Gratitude

  • How Gratitude Leads to Generosity

  • Gratitude and Mental Toughness

  • and many more!


And here's the complete line up of our speakers:

WGS Master Poster.png

We've invited 20 of the world’s best selling authors, happiness scientists, psychologists and leaders to bring you the power of gratitude to increase love, joy, fun, good health, and wealth into your life. 

Get your FREE Pass here —> http://bit.ly/WGSKim-Joy

See you at the online summit!


Joy & Kim



Grateful for Workers this Labor Day

Reasons for Labor Day By Lisa, Facty Staff

“During the 19th century, many people, including children, worked seven days a week. The workday was 12 hours long. Most Americans endured these harsh, unsafe, working conditions to try and earn a living. Some worked on farms, while others worked in mines or factories. The tasks were often physically demanding, yet offered poor pay. In 1879 New York, a woman working as a dressmaker in a factory averaged between 33 and 58 cents per day. Although only a small number of workers joined varied labor unions, the idea of organized labor was growing. Labor leaders in the late 1800s suggested a Labor Day event to show the solidarity of labor unions and support for America’s laborers.”

Many of us never had to work the way they did in the 19th century as children or adults other than maybe farmers. We should be grateful that throughout history we have become wiser and more aware of how people should be treated as people and not machines. We should be grateful that there are laws to protect our rights as humans in the work force from child labor laws to the number of hours that allow people to make a living without killing themselves 7 days a week 12 hours a day. In fact, more people today are self employed and have more control over their labor hours than people who still work for someone else. Don’t get me wrong – both are still working for the same thing.

Today we want to make sure that we let all people that are working to keep the world going that we are grateful for your labor. Without working people, the world would not be the same. Imagine if no one wanted to be a mail carrier/UPS/Fed Ex or other carrier – no more deliveries to you. What if no one worked in construction and you had to build your own home or repair it? What if no one was a police or emergency responder?

For Labor Day take a moment to thank everyone you meet for their time that they spend working so that the world keeps moving. Everything everyone does – matters and we are grateful for your part.

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Back To School

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Grateful News – School’s back in session or will be soon!

While most Colleges are in session and some schools around the country there are still a few weeks before all the kids will be back in school of some sort.

There are mixed emotions about Back To School for both the parents and the students.  For parents that are sending their babies to kindergarten for the first time it can be an emotional time.  You may be in shock that this beautiful human that you brought into the world is now off to their first day of school.  Just know that the parents of the freshmen going to college are feeling the same way.

As parents it can be an emotional roller coaster that we want you to find as a positive step into your child’s future.  Look at all the amazing things you have done as parents that they are ready and prepared for the next step.  Good Job!  Celebrate these firsts and share that excitement with your children.  By showing them that this is good they will see it and accept it as a good thing. 

When they get home from school make sure to ask them to share their highs and lows from the day.  Have a conversation about the information that they share with you.  Whether they know it or not you are teaching them about emotions and conversations they will use the rest of their lives. 

August 2019

AUGUST AND REFLECTIONS ON SUMMER

Some Different Perspectives … All Lead to a Grateful Life

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Hi, I’m August. Bet you were never introduced to a month by a month before. Well, I’m here to talk about the Summer of 2019 as I am being ushered out as the last full month of the season. BTW, this is not all about me. Hang in and I promise you the rewards of an added appreciation for the abundance in your life, plus some tips and a tool to help you maintain and exceed your expectations for a grateful mindset and the considerable benefits that you will enjoy … physically, emotionally and, if you are a mind to, spiritually.

 

Truth be told, being August is not all peaches and cream. As a matter of fact there are a lot of varying perceptions of me, my placement in the calendar of life and the pros and cons of what I represent. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not setting you up for a pity party … far from it. I deliver real positive vibes in many quarters … just want to set the stage for what I’d like you to think about when it comes to a Grateful Summer.

 

First of all, while I lack capacity for fantasy, the fact is that I’m saddled with two sun-signs that are often perceived as being in conflict … Leo from the 1st through the 22nd followed by Virgo into September. Leo is extroverted, dominant, and charismatic, and often has a short fuse. Virgo is studious and withdrawn, possessed of more versatility than Leo. So I’m subjected to some turbulence particularly as the dates to “pass the astrological baton” draw near.

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Now, more to the point of how the world views August. It really depends on who you ask. For example:

 

·         Parents see August as the end of school vacation and the transition to the new academic year.

·         Students’ view is a bit more self-centered in that August represents the end of freedom.

·         Bosses are thankful that August will be the last month to juggle employee vacation requests.

·         Businesses catering to vacationers see August as the last of the big cash-flow months.

·         Sports fans are getting ready to shift from Summer to Fall lineups … with some overlap.

 

Anyway, you get the idea and can easily add any number of other folks and their responses to August.

 

But all in all, nearly everyone finds August to be a perfect time to appreciate the people, places and activities that enriched their summer enjoyment. Friends and family of course, plus strangers met and courtesies extended by those who made summer the relaxing, memorable time that endures until September when you’re back to the old routines.

 

So, let’s shift gears for a moment and include your active participation. Think about … actually ideally write down … your expressions of gratitude for your summer to date. Here are some prompts, in no particular order, to get you started. Certainly add others as they come to mind, and many more will.

 

·         Parents

·         Children

·         Siblings

·         Relatives

·         Boss

·         Teacher

·         Clergy

·         Author(s)

·         Restaurant servers

·         Hotel staff

·         Police

·         Co-workers

·         Neighbors

 

OK. That’s a “baker’s dozen” to get you underway. You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel emotionally and physically from this exercise.

 

That’s the funny thing about showing gratitude. Being grateful shows you have the capacity to celebrate other people who help you appreciate the goodness in your life. Additionally, the evidence is clear … expressing gratitude strengthens our immune systems, lowers blood pressure and even heightens our capacity to reach higher spiritual heights if we are of a mind to accept that added benefit.

 

And just so I don’t come across as too much of a know-it-all, August is not the only time to express gratitude. It’s a year-round feel-good exercise to share grateful thoughts through conversations, contemplation and written messages … every day.

 

Takeaways

So I won’t be in touch with you until this time next year. That said, I urge you to recognize the abundance in your life over the next eleven months … people, unexpected good fortune and other manifestations of “life’s little dividends”.

In closing, please join me in wishing The Grateful Box founders a Happy Birthday! Kim Angeli and Joy Harris celebrate their entry into this world on August 17. And be sure to see their articles in this issue of The Grateful Buzz to learn more about the tangible paybacks of living a grateful life … plus introduce The Grateful Box to help you capitalize on expressing appreciation and gratitude.

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July 2019

Notably, July of each year is first remembered and celebrated for our American Independence Day … the 4th ! And appropriately so as freedom and our ability to express it was embodied in that revolutionary and inspired document … The Declaration of Independence.

Let’s make the month of July our ongoing tribute to the most deserving beneficiaries of our gratitude.

In this issue of the Grateful Buzz we’ ll express our gratitude and thankfulness, first to our country’s Founders and then more expansively to those who have continued to defend our freedom and deliver comfort in our moments of need. Specifically, our gratitude extends to the military, first responders, spiritual leaders, mentors, coaches and of course our parents.




GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY…

…and our rough men and women do not seek violence, only to protect us from harm. Their diligence and their mission has been not only the safety of all Americans, but in large measure the liberation of many worldwide.

Gratitude may be expressed in many ways for their heroic efforts. Perhaps two express he gratefulness genuinely felt by our fellow Americans as well as those who have benefited from our international efforts to initiate, ensure and maintain freedom and comfort for mankind.

The first is our Flag expressed in flowers over 6.65 acres near Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The original was planted in 1942 as a salute in gratitude for the men and women fighting World War II. Since then, the 740 feet long x 390 feet wide Flag has been replanted … most recently as a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attack. Click here to learn more.

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GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY

We said there are two expressions of gratitude for our military … the second being from those of the international community for whom our military has delivered freedom. It cannot be said more plainly or with more genuine emotion than this tribute at the American cemetery on the shores of the liberating D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches in France.

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We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
— George Orwell

During this and every month of July be sure to set aside time to thank our heroes. Thank them in person, on the phone, or in a card, A First Responder is any individual who runs toward an event rather than away. That’s the comprehensive definition of a first responder as rendered by the U.S. First Responders Association.

We often take for granted that should we need to call, an expert professional will be on the other end of the line, standing at the ready to dispatch police officers or get firemen and paramedics jumping in their vehicles and racing to the scene of our threat. The job of a first responder is dangerous, and new names of the fallen are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., every year.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
— Former President Kennedy

We celebrate our July Month of Gratitude with the quiet comfort that our first responders are trained and ready to protect and rescue us. Let’s all take a moment to say thank you. So what are likely examples of first responders that leap to mind?

Let’s guess at a half-dozen likely candidates …

  • Police Officer

  • Firefighter

  • Campus Security

  • EMT

  • Doctor/Nurse

  • Life Guard

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All true, but what about those who deserve gratitude as first responders to our spiritual, professional and emotional well-being. Here’s where many of us overlook the most obvious objects of our appreciation and gratitude. Note: Kim’s epiphany concluded that most employers pay attention to employees when something goes wrong. Likewise, most people don’t treat their friends, colleagues or even family members to a message of gratitude when something has gone well.

Some examples … and you will likely add more …

  • Spiritual Leaders: As related by Kim, some soul-searching and the help of her pastor, propelled her to her mission to transform her life and that of others - The Grateful Box.

  • Parents: You, and all of us, have our very personal stories for how our lives have been influenced and many times molded by our parents.

  • Mentors/Coaches: Wow! There’s plenty to comment on based on the friends, educators, spouses/significant others, bosses, athletic coaches and inspirational motivators who have guided and influenced your life journey.

Again, you will have more to add to the list … and the important thing is not just to list them … but to recognize and express your gratitude for their gifts to your growth.


Grateful Box’s Kim Angeli and Joy Harris invite you to our Upcoming Event:

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When you attend, you’ll discover how to…

  • Get clear on what you REALLY want from your life, career, and relationships. (You might find out it isn’t what you think it is!)

  • Identify and overcome the obstacles that have been holding you back from achieving your biggest goals and creating your ideal life.

  • Align your personal life and career with your biggest passions to experience more joy, meaning, and fulfillment in your everyday life.

  • Achieve a better work-life balance so you can spend more time with your loved ones while doing what you REALLY want to do.

  • Create a workable step-by-step plan that takes you from where you are now to where you want to be – faster than you thought possible.

  • Assemble a team of mentors, colleagues, advisors, and friends who believe in you and can help fast-forward your future plans.

… And so, so much more.

If you have been searching for a fast and powerful way to up-level your life in all areas, Breakthrough to Success is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, I’m happy to help - or enroll now at https://gratefulbox.synduit.com/BTSL0001.

May 2019

Grateful for Mother’s this Mother’s Day

 

While there is one day a year that is designated to celebrating our mother’s, we should be grateful for them every day.

The way you got here is not as important as the fact that you are here because someone chose to have you.  You are a true miracle in the process we call life. 

How special is it that a woman either had you or loved you enough to adopt you and call you her own?  Or a single Dad who plays both roles.  What about a grandmother who raised you after she thought her child rearing days were over?  Maybe you have lost your mother along your way in life?

Our mom is the first person that we connect with.  She is the one who spends her life doing her best to make your life as wonderful as possible.  While it may not go the way you wanted it to go – she did what she could for you.  There is no manual when you were born that explained how to raise you with all your wonderful differences.  Mom’s aren’t mind readers but are pretty good at reading your body language.  She wants what is best for you even if you don’t agree.

Take a moment a reflect on all the things your mom has done for you – make a list of the things you felt were good and the things you felt were not so good.  When you look at that list, let’s review the things you felt were not so good; was it because she did or didn’t’ do something you wanted?  Was she looking out for your best interest and you didn’t see it?  Have you talked to her about it and asked why she did or didn’t do something?

In most cases she was doing what she knew or could do for you in your best interest.  That’s what moms do.  They sacrifice themselves for you. You may not see it our understand it but they did right from the moment they conceived you.  They shared their body with you and allowed you to beat up their internal organs.  They gave us sleep to feed and change you until you were able to do it on your own.  They taught you how to walk and talk and even how to play.  Every mom does something different which is why we have different people with different thoughts!  When we get older we get to choose for ourselves what we keep and what we don’t.  We decide what we learned and how it is passed on to our children based on our moms.

Spend some extra time telling your Mom how grateful you are for her and all she has done for you.

Make it a grateful Mother’s day.

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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Grateful Box

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A Story of Gratitude

A Story of Gratitude

Recently, at our TMPW women’s retreat, we were all gifted with a “Grateful Box.” I have personally been using mine and it has been a wonderful tool for me to daily give thanks and express gratitude for the many blessings around me that often go overlooked. And with Thanksgiving being this week, we thought it would be appropriate to introduce you to Kim Angeli as she is on a mission to teach intentional gratefulness…