Carl Leland

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What I Learned From Keeping A Gratitude Journal For A Month

Counting your blessings can make you happier, but not for the reasons you probably think.<p>While people have been giving thanks on Thanksgiving for a long time, the scientific study of gratitude is a more recent phenomenon. Gratitude has been touted as a tonic for whatever ails you, and indeed, some …

Two Kinds of Enlightenment Affect the Brain, Says Dr. Andrew Newberg, And Anyone Can Experience Them

When we start to think about enlightenment we try to divide it into two basic ideas about enlightenment. And one is what I usually refer to as the …

Consciousness

Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

As we launch into Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — <i>literally</i>helps — the heart.<p>A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart …

Medical Research

A Scientist Explains How Meditation And Prayer Rewire Your Brain

Here's what's behind the amazing physical and mental health benefits of the practice.<p>Whether you see meditation or prayer as the gateway to enlightenment or just a way to stay more focused at work, one thing that's certain is that the practice comes with a whole host of physical and mental health …

The Fruit of Thankfulness

Denise Lee Yohn Brand expert, Author<p>Read more about how brands form valuable bonds with customers in Denise Lee Yohn’s the new book, <i>Extraordinary</i> …

Gratitude

The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

Change Your State of Mind with a Gratitude Session

I remember one evening, when my life was pretty different—I was overweight and deeply in debt and a smoker and had such a hard time changing things. …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

5 Ways To Practice Gratitude, Even When You Don't Feel Like It

What if, upon resting your head on your pillow tonight, you asked yourself, “What is one thing I can’t stop smiling about that happened today?” What …

Happiness

Wire Your Brain For Gratitude In 30 Seconds

<i>“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~William Faulkner</i><p>At Thanksgiving many of us reflect on what we are grateful for… and what’s for dinner. While a client was discussing gratitude with me, they asked if gratitude …

The unexpected power of gratitude – Happiness will follow you

In today’s fast moving world, qualities such as gratitude seem to belong to another age – a simpler time when life moved along at an easier pace and …

Happiness

Gratitude Is Good For You. Here's What Science Says

A growing body of scientific work shows that gratitude and kindness are traits that lead to higher levels of well-being. People who are grateful and …

Fear or Gratitude, It can Never be Both

How to combat fear with gratitude

RADICAL GRATITUDE: Top Tips to Ease FEAR'S Death Grip Instantly

The Power of Gratitude in Times of Fear

The times when gratitude is the last thing on my mind are the most important times for me to rediscover its power. Part of living in discovery is recognizing that, in challenging times, we always have a choice to respond instead of reacting. It may seem counterintuitive that gratitude would be the …

How to Live with a Feeling of Gratefulness & Wealth (When We are Feeling Neither).

It is incredibly easy to get caught up in a world full of wants, must haves and latest trends.<p>All of us experience this in one way or another, …

The Gratitude Agenda. {Plus 5 Great Quotes on Thankfulness}

Is it okay to feel ambivalence about gratitude?<p><i>Be grateful! Count your blessings! Thank your lucky stars!</i><p>The message is clear—we <i>must</i> be grateful. But …

Positive Thinking

Vitamin G: How a Daily Dose of Gratitude Can Transform Your Life

Gratitude has the power to change everything. It certainly has for me, and I'm confident that it can do the same for you. How often do you pause to acknowledge all of the beautiful blessings in your life? Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to give our attention to the challenges and struggles …

Rohn: Begin With Gratitude and Watch the Miracles Flow Your Way

Is thankfulness a survival skill? Maybe most of you would respond with, "No, thankfulness is not key to survival,” and I would tend to agree with …

Why Thankfulness and Success Go Hand in Hand

What’s the real secret to success? According to the experts, it’s not working more hours than anyone in the office or going through life without …

Happiness

17 Benefits of Thankfulness and Gratitude

<b>Thankfulness and Gratitude</b>In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. That usually means overindulging in food, football, and family. …

Leadership

The Brain Science Behind Thankfulness and How It Can Change Your Business

Your brain is wired to be thankful and its good for business.<p>You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you say thank you or express appreciation or recognize someone for their work? At Thanksgiving, it is ever-present and probably at the top of your mind right now. Well, all that warmth is …

Happiness

20 Quotes on the Importance of Thankfulness and Gratitude

<i>This article originally published Nov. 24, 2015.</i><p>With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share with you 20 quotes that really help put into perspective the power and importance of being thankful more of the time and not just on one particular day out of the year.<p>1. Gratitude can …

The One Attitude All Successful People Have

This holiday season, practice the fine art of being thankful and showing gratitude.<p>Success is a word that gets tossed around without using the correct definition.<p>It doesn't mean riches or fame.<p>It doesn't mean good health.<p>It doesn't mean you get everything you want.<p>The correct definition is …

Positive Thinking

Big Gratitude

It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. Choosing one of these emotions makes it impossible to feel the other. “Grateful” and …

Gratitude

The World Is Made Holy Through Thanks

Today, for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd revisit this post about gratitude from a year ago.<br>Gratitude is an important theme in my book The Slavery of …

4 Ways to Actively Encourage Thankfulness in Kids

It can be a big lesson for kids to realize that not everyone has the same abundance of things as they do. This is a great time to reflect on the …

Gratitude: A Matter of Attitude

For years now, research evidence has been piling up about the many benefits of being grateful. But is it really possible to cultivate a grateful …

Gratitude