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Be happier

I am making a promise to myself to be happier and more thankful and more peaceful during this holiday season. F. Scott Fitzgerald once reminded us, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –Joy

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Thanks and giving

My friend Lynn sent me a note with a quote I really like. It’s appropriate for Thanksgiving—and for the entire holiday season. “May your heart be filled with both—thanks and giving!” –Joy

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Be thankful

I am thankful for pecan pie and mashed potatoes—and, most of all, I’m thankful that my daughter and her husband will be here for Thanksgiving—and my daughter and son and both of their spouses will be here for Christmas. As Shakespeare said, “O, Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” […]

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Beauty everywhere

Some of the trees in my neighborhood are turning bright red! “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere,” Vincent Van Gogh once said. –Joy

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Be grateful

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life,” Rumi once said.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding,” Alice Walker once said.

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Be happy and thankful

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life,” Omar Khayyam once said.

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Thankful for friends

This year, especially, I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my friends who call me on the phone, friends who send me text messages and my friend who shows up in my front yard for an in-person chat. As William James once said, “It is your friends who make your world.” –Joy

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Gratitude at this dark time

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, wrote in the April 24 issue of the magazine about the people he encountered on a bike ride. One woman jogger smiled at me, a stranger, with such genuine warmth I was startled. “Hi,” she called out as I rolled by, in recognition of our shared predicament: escaped prisoners […]

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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