December 2013 – Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle And Bring More Peace to Your Life

The Power of Thought

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Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle

Striving For A Noble Cause Thankful & Thoughtful

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Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle

And Bring More Peace to Your Life


by Dr. Books


atitude is the heart's memoryGratitude isn’t just for nice guys…it’s downright important for your health! “What you think about, comes about” is true. Our brains fire and wire according to our thoughts and experiences.  Luckily, we are in charge of our thoughts and our reactions to our surroundings and its happenings. We can catch a negative thought midstream…and say “cancel” or “change” and then substitute a more positive thought.  It’s amazing to watch your mood change in seconds. Eleanor Roosevelt said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  It’s what you tell yourself that really matters. No matter what is going on around you, you can keep calm and upbeat if you develop your gratitude muscles. 


The easy gratitude formula:  When things aren’t going the way you want, pause.  Take a slow, deep breath, remind yourself of something you’re grateful for, imagine breathing love and gratitude through your heart – and watch your attitude change by the time you take your next breath.  How quick and easy is that?


The folks at Heartmath have been studying the effects of gratitude and establishing coherence for over 25 years. They have incredible research showing the effects of coming into calmness and coherence, not only on yourself, but for everyone around you.


Focusing on things you’re grateful for actually benefits your organs and brain. It’s such a simple way to keep yourself healthy.  Your organs will reward you, and your friends and family will be blessed!


Check out this “Ted Talks” video with Laura Trice speaking on the topic of “The Power of Saying Thank You”


Striving For A Noble Cause

A Look At Words Of Praise and Thanks From Leadership

by Naomi Emmerson
 Holding Hands In The Sunset

This week on the radio,  I heard the following quote numerous times in relation to this season of thanks and giving: “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” The quote is attributed to Winston Churchill, however upon researching online to get the exact wording right for this edition of the newsletter, I stumbled across The Winston Churchill Center‘s perspective on the quote. It is categorized in the section of “Falsely Attributed”. The site, that I assume is all knowing of all things Churchill, then quotes what has actually been recorded of him saying. In my opinion, a declaration just as inspiring, if not more comprehensive of the days to come.


“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?  How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal?  And I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days.  Humanity will not be cast down.  We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.” Dundee, Scotland, on 10 October 1908


Would we all unselfishly strive to be the cause for thanks among both the people we care for and to strangers on the street. What can you do this month to instil gratitude in someone’s heart?



Thankful and Thoughtful

Songs of Praise and Thanks

By Naomi Emmerson
I’m thankful there are artists out there that help us lift our voices in praise! Here are 5 suggestions to bring light into your heart. Raise your voice and thank your god, thank your spouse, thank your kids, thank your friend, thank your dog, thank yourself! Let us know your favorite songs of praise and thanks HERE.

Heart Hands

Thankful and Thoughtful by Sly and The Family Stone

 Give Thanks and Praises by Bob Marley

 Thank You by Led Zeppelin

 Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold (The Golden Girls Theme!!)

 Kind And Generous by Natalie Merchant

“I want to thank you

For your generosity

The love and the honesty

That you gave me

I want to thank you

Show my gratitude

My love and my respect for you

I want to thank you”

CookBooks Corner
By Elaine McDaniel

Ginger Cookies


Ginger Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt — Pink Salt from Premier (sold in the office)
  • 1 tsp soda  — (aluminum free)
  • 2 tbls ground ginger or 1 tbl puree ginger
  • 1/2 cup Xylitol (for no sugars) or palm sugar (for low sugars)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tbl fresh lemon zest
  • 1 egg

Combine coconut oil, lemon zest and egg.Mix dry ingredients and combine with oil mixture. Use 1 tablespoon size dough, roll into ball and then press flat to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 350* for 8-10 minutes. Don’t over cook, unless you like a dry cookie. I take mine out at 10 minutes, even if they don’t look “golden”

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