10 Incredible Benefits of Gratitude

Why does gratitude matter? See why devoting a little time and energy to actions of gratitude can improve your life! Plus tips on showing gratitude.

You may have heard the saying “have an attitude of gratitude”. Or “a grateful heart is a happy heart.” There is something behind the advice to count your blessings. Being grateful opens the door to joy and contentment with life, even through times of trial and stress. Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally, but practicing gratitude has many proven benefits. These benefits include:

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist Printable Guide

Moving day is fast approaching at our house! I created a moving checklist so that I don’t forget to do anything important. I’m a checklist kind of person. Checklists help me manage my stress and feel more in control. I use them for grocery shopping, vacations, around the house to-do lists, and Christmas shopping. So of course I need a moving checklist. That, coupled with my packing supplies will help this move go smoothly and keep my nerves intact. Here’s my checklist, followed by a printable pdf version you can print out and use.

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6 Keys to Move Past Failure to Happiness and Success

Part of learning and living life is making mistakes and failure. Check out these tips on how to move on and not let failure control your happiness in life. You are not your mistakes!

Part of learning and living life is to make mistakes and experience failures. I love the perspective I get from this quote by Henry Ford, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” If we keep trying, gain understanding and insight about ourselves and what we’re trying to achieve, then failing simply propels us toward something better.

6 Keys to Move Past Failure to Happiness and Success

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The Ultimate List of First Chapter Books

Finding first chapter books that kids enjoy can make or break their love of reading. These 25 favorite chapter books are divided in two reading levels, grades 1-3 & 2-4, making it easy to find the right book. Most are book series, giving kids tons of reading fun!

Finding enjoyable first chapter books for growing readers can make or break their love of reading. My kids are all avid readers and many of these are some of their favorite books that we have on our bookshelves. I’ve divided the list into Easy Beginning Chapter Books, for grades 1-3, and Chapter Books for grades 2-4.

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14 Tips to Stop Anger and De-Stress

14 Tips to help you de-stress in moments of anger. Easy ways to slow down your thinking and regain your balance so you can be happy and let the anger go. Don't let anger control you. Learn to control your anger.

Whether it’s getting stuck in traffic or getting frustrated with your spouse, we all have moments of anger. It can be hard to slow down those angry thoughts before they seem to overtake us and cause us to say or do things we later regret. Learning how to respond to those feelings without angry outbursts is something that usually needs a lot of practice, but is well worth the effort.

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