A Meaningful Thanksgiving

Today I have three small actions you can take to make this a meaningful Thanksgiving for yourself and those around you.

  1. When someone offers you a compliment, don’t deflect it but instead tell the person how much you appreciate their kindness.
  2. Make a point of spending time with one relative that you don’t usually sit and chat with, such as a teenage niece or elderly uncle.
  3. A few days after Thanksgiving, send an email to the hosts thanking them for all their efforts in making the day special. If you are the host, send a note to someone who went out of the way to help you that day.

Happy Thanksgiving Blue Birchers!

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You Made a Difference to Me

Last week was all about expressing gratitude to ourselves and our daily life. This week we are going to convey our gratitude to another.

Choose two people who have touched your life, who made a contribution to or sacrificed for you:

  • The first is someone you’ve had personal relationship with such as a friend, family member, spouse, child, co-worker, mentor.
  • The second will be a person you don’t know or know well but yet they still made an impact. This can be a teacher, a coach, an author, a blogger, a newspaper columnist, a local community member, or even a national figure that inspires you.

For each person, write them a letter (even if you don’t plan on sending it!) detailing specifically what they have done for you, the impact it’s made, noting the specific actions and words that continue to resonate with you.

Whether you choose to send the letters, or keep on hand as something to reread as inspiration, you’ve taken another step to living a grateful life.

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My Life Rocks!

We are going to start our “Meaningful Mondays” series with an exercise I like to call ”My Life Rocks!”

Each day this week write down 2 things that you are grateful for: one from an experience that day and one from your life overall.

Be specific and don’t worry if the daily items seem ordinary (“Both my kids got up and out the door for school without any prompting from me” or “Saw a such a nice sunset on commute home from work”), these small life events we take for granted all add up to a pretty sweet life!

When reflecting on your life overall, think of goals you’ve reached, opportunities you have, something you know you do well, people that have made an impact on you, a hobby you’re able to take part in.

And to encourage mindfulness that the act of writing by hand can create, I’ve attached a daily sheet below you can print out and use each day. Have fun with this Blue Birchers, it’s your life, and it totally rocks!

My LIfe Rocks! – bluebirchwellness

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe

Today. Election day 2016. We’re going to need chocolate Blue Birchers. And peanut butter. And lots of stress-relieving crunchy popcorn. After you get your vote on, whip up an easy batch of this sweet munchy popcorn, sit back and watch democracy in action.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Popcorn Makes 6 servings (1 cup each)
6 cups popped popcorn
4 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips melted
2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, warmed
Instructions: Place popcorn on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with the chocolate and peanut butter. Place in fridge for 10-20 minutes to set.
Place in bowl and enjoy. Repeat every 4 years.
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9 Week Series of Quick Tips to Practice Gratitude

The busy holiday season kicks off today and I love that it is a time that many people really do take time to be grateful for their family, friends and loved ones on those special days.

You’ll see in this article that that there are many health benefits for choosing gratitude, and that’s really the key…it is a choice, a mindset, that each of us can weave into our daily lives that will have such an impact on ourselves, our family and our community.

Starting next Monday, November 7th, I’ll kick-off a 9 week “Meaningful Monday” series that will provide a quick tip that each of us can use to practice gratitude that I hope will set you on positive path for the week. Until then, be well, be kind.

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