According to an article in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, gratitude may have the strongest connection to happiness of any of the personality traits studied. In fact, “18.5 percent of individual differences in people’s happiness could be predicted by the amount of gratitude they feel,” asserts Janice Kaplan, author of The Gratitude Diaries.
Let’s take a break from all of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, take a few deep breaths, and reflect on this past year. We can start by shifting our focus from thoughts of the future and what we’re going to do to thoughts of what we have done. We can do this
National Stepfamily Day is a nationally and an internationally recognized holiday that is celebrated on September 16th each year. It’s a time for stepfamilies to get together and celebrate being part of a stepfamily. Christy Tusing-Borgeld is the founder of National Stepfamily Day and you can read the inspiring story of how she started it
A recent study found that reading reduces stress. In fact, reading just six minutes per day reduces stress levels by 68 percent, according to a study by the University of Sussex in England. As an avid reader, I love finding facts like this that prove the benefits of reading. Now, if I need justification for
School is out, and that means it’s time to relax and have fun! For the kids, at least. Now, as a stepparent or parent, you’re probably trying to work, and then you’re coming home to kids who may not have enough to do. Yes, we can give them lists and chores, but why not have
As an educator, at the end of a semester, I have equally conflicting emotions of both joy and dread. I’m excited to see how much my students have progressed during the class, but I’m also nervous about receiving my evaluations from the students. Did they learn a lot? Did they feel the same way about
Are you struggling with kindness and empathy in your household? Do you feel like your children and stepchildren could use a lesson in kindness and empathy? A little kindness can go a long ways in a household that is already experiencing stepfamily stress. If you think about it from the child’s perspective, they are going
Stepmoms, do you have difficulty expressing how you feel about being a stepmom? Do you have someone close to you who thinks you’re alone in your stepmom struggles? In my work with stepmoms, I’ve found that nearly 85% of stepmoms feel like they’re alone. They feel like they are the only stepmom who is struggling.
Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for stepmoms. Will we be acknowledged on Mother’s Day? Will our stepchild and/or spouse give us a card or let us know that they appreciate us? As we all know, Mother’s Day can be a beautiful day where we spend time with our loved ones, or it can be an
Stepmoms, are you getting enough quality time with your partner? Do you have regular date nights? Or have your date nights been replaced by watching TV together on the couch? When was the last time you and your partner laughed and had fun together? Hopefully, you’re getting out and having fun with your partner, but