Interview on Butterflies of Wisdom

We have all experienced challenges in life, and how we deal with these hurdles is one way to choose between a lifetime of happiness and one of despair. I enjoy reaching out to as many people as I can and offering words of hope and inspiration; I recently had an interview on Butterflies of Wisdom radio show which discusses these topics, in addition to insight into finding reasons to laugh and be more grateful. Listen to it here!

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Finding Power and Strength in Lasting Friendships

Throughout your lifetime, chances are you’ve had some great friendships that stick with you in your memory; hopefully, you are still friends with those individuals. A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life; having supportive people around you who help you endure hardships, celebrate victories and lend an honest ear is supremely important to lasting happiness.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

What is a True Friendship?

Friendship is the creation of soul-to-soul love and caring; it enters into one’s emotions, feelings and actions. Without losing their identity, a friend is able to give love, honesty, playfulness, dreams, visions, understanding and compassion to another. It lasts forever; true friends are enduring in time, steadfast, loyal and committed to each other through the various and unpredictable ups and downs of life.

Friendship requires the food of mental stimulation, emotional happiness, adventure, shared experiences and good old-fashioned fun. It includes both relaxation and healthy laughter, and a shoulder to cry on during tough times. A friend is not:

  • Competitive
  • Careless
  • Envious
  • Judgmental
  • Rude
  • Taken for granted
  • Selfish
  • Un-reciprocated
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Transform Your Life Through Gratitude: 7 Solutions

As I shared previously in my article, Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters, gratitude has the power to transform your worldview, and in turn, your whole life can change for the better. It can lead you on the path to happiness, help you to love yourself more and improve the quality of your current relationships. Sometimes practicing gratitude is difficult due to circumstances beyond your control; that’s why I encourage you to read on for seven practical and actionable tips to help you make a change.

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Make gratitude part of your daily routine!

Being Grateful is a Choice

Did you know that being grateful and thankful for the things you have is a conscious choice? However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. According to the New York Times, “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily.”

These ordinary situations can be negative, but they can also be positive, and often as inconsequential as getting a closer parking spot, having the perfect amount of milk for your breakfast cereal or emptying your email inbox. When tasks appear hard or time consuming, it can be easier to get hung up on how annoying the task may be, rather than feeling overwhelming gratitude as soon as the task is complete. Sometimes all it takes is a change in the way you view the situation, and gratitude can come much more easily.

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