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December Wellwork

Season’s greetings!  Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy New Year!

‘Tis the holiday season and no matter which holiday you observe some basic themes exist,  the celebration of religion and culture, charity/gift giving, and traditional foods are a few.  In fact, in many ways Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa have more in common than you might realize and it would be worth a few moments of your time to learn a little bit about a different culture’s beliefs and customs.  But, I’ll leave that for you to decide.

The principles of community and charity are the focus for this month’s WellWork exercise.  Over the next month I am encouraging you to increase your connection to your community and practice charity by taking the opportunity to give to a stranger.  Your charity can be as simple as helping another shopper carry packages to her car, offering to shovel snow from a neighbor’s drive or buying coffee for the person in line with you at the coffee shop.  Perhaps you’ll choose to devise a more complex plan of putting together a charity drive or paying for a holiday feast to be delivered to a family in need.  Your charitable endeavors can be as small or as large as you like but practice your acts of charity several times a week (or every day hint, hint).  As you perform your gestures of holiday spirit take time to enjoy the act of giving.  There is no rule that says you should not derive some benefit yourself.  Have fun with this and be creative!

I encourage you to share your altruistic adventures in the comments section below as a means of inspiring others (and to toot your own horn a bit).

Enjoy the season, help others enjoy it as well and be safe!

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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Banish the Monday Blahhhhs…

It’s Sunday, and you know what that means…

Monday is almost upon us.

Monday the day of the week most of us dread, the signal to the start of the work week, the day everything goes wrong. The object of disdain commonly associated with the phase, “Ugh, It’s Monday.”

But what if it did not have to be that way? What if Monday could be as good a day as Wednesday or even Friday!!!!

Here’s a tip guaranteed to turn a dreary manic Monday into an amazing happy day.

Tomorrow get up 10 minutes early (I know this isn’t sounding like such a great tip so far, but trust me you’ll be glad you did), grab a piece of paper and a writing utensil and write down 10 things for which you are grateful. Now, don’t just scribble something down and head off for that morning cup of coffee (ha..ha..caught you). Instead, take a moment to think about why you are grateful for each thing. You might even write down a word or brief statement about what it is that makes you grateful.

For example, my list looks something like this:

I am grateful:

  1. I woke up this morning
  2. For my dog – he makes me smile
  3. For my car – reliable and fuel efficient
  4. For my home – safe and comfortable

And so on…

Research in positive psychology shows that expressing gratitude increases feelings of happiness and well-being. Listing what you are grateful for just 1 day each week has been shown to increase these positive emotions. And unlike many things in life, the more you express gratitude the happier you feel. Now, doesn’t that sound like a great way to start the week?

If you need a little bit of inspiration or just want an extra happiness boost for the week, check out this video I found on YouTube at igetrealtv. It’s pretty awesome!

 

So there you have it a quick easy way to banish the Monday (or any day) blahs.

Have a Happy Monday!!!!!!


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Give a little, get a lot!

Today is Arizona Gives Day here in AZ.
It is a day each year in April dedicated to encouraging people to give to a local non-profit charity.

I love this day! I donate to various local charities throughout the year, but there is something about donating on this particular day that makes me feel 10x better than any other day.

This year funds are pretty tight and I considered forgoing my usual donation in favor of paying rent.

Then I remembered that one of the key tips to manifesting more money is to not be afraid to give some away. This shows the Universe that you already feel abundant and prosperous and are ready to receive more of the same. It puts your mind in a positive plane for accepting wealth and abundance.

Plus, one of my life goals is to be a philanthropist. As a child when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said, ” A Rockefeller or a Carnegie”. Their contributions to charity and the arts entranced me.

Now that goal seems pretty far off considering my current finances. Or is it?
According to Mirriam-Webster the definition of philanthropy is, “the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people.”

That’s it! That is all I have to do to be a philanthropist? There’s no dollar amount or time requirement?

Whoopee! Goal attained!

So today with one donation I achieved a major life goal and attracted more money into my life. How great is that!

The biggest thing to remember is it’s the act of giving that attracts more abundance not how much you give. Revel in the joy of helping others and you will be rewarded many times over.

So whether you are in Arizona or somewhere else in the world, donate to your favorite organization today. You’ll be glad you did.

Oh ya, my chosen charity today? The MIM (love that place)!