gratitude

6 games to instill mindfulness and gratitude in our children (and ourselves)

February 20, 2017

Since I became a mom 10 years ago, I have been committed to helping my daughter see the good in things as a first reflex. My own upbringing did not allow for this way of being in the world and, instead, instilled the typical apprehension and worry that seems to be passed down to children […]

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Teaching the way of gratitude

January 6, 2017

Have you discovered how very powerful giving thanks is for uplifting your mood, day and life? Coaches and spiritual teachers these days suggest that we keep a gratitude journal or set aside time to be grateful every day as a way to shift our focus toward a more positive frequency. It’s not just another thing […]

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Living a life of gratitude, a ‘walking meditation’

November 30, 2016

I’m trying to learn not to take anything for granted by feeling grateful for the little things of life, by living and appreciating each moment. It’s not easy to do and it takes a diligent and conscious daily effort — similar to meditation. In mediation, our minds tend to wander. We could call it “monkey […]

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10 tips on gratitude

November 24, 2016

Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. API encourages you to make thanksgiving a daily practice. Learning to be grateful for even the most simple things in our lives can change us profoundly, creating overflowing capacity for joy and peace in both […]

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Thankful kids

November 23, 2016

It’s this time of year — Thanksgiving holiday — when we pause and take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. A few years ago, I adopted Thanksgiving as a daily practice, and to my surprise, it has transformed my life for the better: I’ve become more centered and peaceful which […]

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Sharing gratitude on a nightly basis

November 22, 2016

Before my children go to sleep at night, I have 3 questions that I ask them: What did you learn today? What was your favorite part of the day? What are you grateful for? These questions have become a ritual for us as we have been doing it for years. We continue to do so […]

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The simple attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2015

As parents, one of the most profound messages we can convey to our kids is a deep sense of gratitude. Their world is one full of abundance of materialistic possessions and choices. Many homes have countless toys, ice cream flavors, clothes and TV shows to choose from. One may think that the many choices would […]

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For Today, a poem for parents

June 8, 2015

If we are honest, it really isn’t possible to enjoy every moment of parenting. Another bad night’s sleep, a tantrum in the park, or frantically rushing between home and work is hardly the stuff family dreams are made of. It’s perfectly natural that we don’t — and can’t — spend every moment basking in how […]

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