A PRACTICAL Do-It-Yourself ‘GRATITUDE GUIDE’ FOR A HAPPIER, MORE MEANINGFUL LIFE –
TO KEEP AND REFER TO EVERYDAY – PUT IT ON YOUR MIRROR
How to Multiply your Abundance- ThanksGiving EVERYDAY
(inspired by Doug Andrew, LiveAbundant.com)
Why Do We Only Celebrate Thanks-Giving But One Day a Year? Why Not Celebrate Everyday? Here’s A Simple, Quick Practice for a Happier, more Meaningful Life
This little 10-minute activity could/should have great positive impact on your life as well as that of others, places and things.
What Are You Most Grateful For?
A PRACTICAL PRACTICE:
A.) On a tablet or large piece of paper
Write Down What You Are Most Grateful For: (See Top 10, below, but you can add to the list – )
and be sure to leave plenty of space after each item to write more later:
What Are You Most Grateful For? (Start Writing…)
1.) A Person (or Animal) You Are Grateful For
2.) A Person (or Animal) Who Has Passed Away you Are Grateful For Having known for his or her Talents, Values, etc. (g. could be a family relative or a famous person or anyone )
3.) A Physical Ability that you possess that you are grateful for (g. playing a musical instrument, adept at languages, athletics, good memory, etc.)4.) A Material Possession (may not be THAT important but why not… your car, smart phone,etc)
4.) Something in NATURE you’re grateful for (I love to go to Napa not just for the vineyards but for the beauty including riding my bike thru the vineyards and scenery. I love the Eastbay Park System with countless amazing, diverse places to explore by foot, bike, water, air)
5.) A Place On Earth (g. a favorite travel destination or just a place you admire for whatever reason)
6.) A Modern Day Invention (something as basic as the flush toilet or as complex as the smart phone or internet or your favorite food)
7.) Your Home or Place of Abode
8.) Your Family, siblings
9.) God, Universe or Higher Power – whatever your belief is
10. ) A Personal Possession – It may seem to go against the grain of what we’re aiming for here, but what the heck… you’re entitled to a favorite possession (even if it IS a material object such as a car or smart phone
WE’RE NOT DONE YET – HERE COMES THE ‘MAGIC’..
B.) Now Write Down WHY You Are Grateful for the Aboveand, finally…
C.) Write Down HOW You Would Show Your Appreciation for these People and Items
(e.g. Writing a note to those people expressing your gratitude for them or writing a blog or poem about your favorite place, possession or thing, etc.)
NOW, YOU HAVE YOUR GRATITUDE GUIDE TO ‘BOOKMARK’ OR PUT ON YOUR MIRROR TO REMIND YOU OF ‘THE GOOD’ WHEN THINGS MIGHT NOT BE GOING SO WELL IN YOUR LIFE –OR EVEN WHEN THEY ARE… AND TAKE ACTION MORE OFTEN TO MAKE FOR A HAPPIER, BETTER LIFE WHILE ALSO BRINGING JOY TO OTHERS AND NATURE
D.) optional) For an even more enhanced return, Share Your Top Three (of the 10 – or you can do all 10) Gratitudes with your family and/or friends for a wonderful , productive discussion next time you gather around – AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!
Republicans increasing support for Israel while Democrats waning
Less than 50% of Democrats Now Supporting Israel, Down from 60% high
Jews still identify most with Democrat party but down to 61%, which may , in part, explain the unexpected drop in Democrat support for Israel, noted in chart #2
Less Than 50% of Democrats Now Support Israel Despite Terror – Jews Leaving Party?
The Democratic Party, once known for its strident support for Israel, has been bypassed by Republicans by almost 30% in the past decades with Republicans now well ahead of Democrats in support of Israel, 75% to 48% as of a recent Gallup (2014) survey
Despite to what appears an increasing threat to Israel from ISIS, Iran and others – and, in light, of the latest terrorist killings in Tel Aviv, Israel- Democratic support for Israel is down to 48% , down from 61% in 1991. (Survey only goes back to 1990. ) We would imagine support was even higher with more supportive, earlier administrations, going back to the earlier skirmishes like the ‘6 Day War’ in late 1960s (but surveys don’t go back this far.)
It’s especially interesting because Democrats have, until recent times have been the greatest friends of Israel – and, especially the Jews, of which the great majority have identified as Democrats. But, even this stat, appears to be changing, remarkably, indicated by Chart #3 which shows Jewish Democratic identification was down to 61% in 2014 from over 70% in 2008. So, while the one-time ‘sympathetic’ party has, surprisingly dropped in support of Israel, the latter chart would lead us to believe that more Jews have ‘left the party’ or at least no longer identify with the Democratic party.
We must deduce that the Jewish drop in Democratic affiliation has come in light of the increasing threat to Israel, which includes that coming from increasing anti-Israel America. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Jews may be reacting to America’s increased support for Iran and seeming decrease for Israel, as evidenced by President Obama’s strained relations with Israel while signing off on the big Iran nuclear pact against Prime Minister Netenyahu’s wishes. It’s not surprising to see that some American Jews may be reacting to America’s estrangement with Israel as President Obama has welcomed Muslim immigration to America by 57% while increasing aid to Iran ($150 million) and other Muslim countries.
Near Assassination ‘Second Chance’ May Have Spurred On Reagans to Even Greater Heights
As We Remember First Lady Nancy Reagan
Much went through the mind since learning of Nancy Reagan’s passing. I remember as a young man falling victim to the media’s attack on the First Lady at the time. I just accepted the innuendos and rumors that Reagan was a tough daughter-of-a-gun who had , perhaps ‘too much’ sway over the President.
Not until years later, with more scrutiny and maturity, did I realize that Ms Reagan, in fact, was a big factor in the success of Reagan as President. Keeping a happy relationship was important for any President to do his job and the Reagans had one of the best marriages from all reports.
What may have helped that relationship, too, was the ‘second chance’ given Reagan after the near-fatal assasination attempt only a month after Regan took office. It was noted by the head of the Reagan Library that Ms. Reagan became even closer with her husband after that episode. It’s too bad that , sometimes, it takes a serious incident like this, but this may have given the Reagans an extra push towards, perhaps the most successful presidential term in the past 50 years.
Though the Reagans were frequent targets of the media throughout the eight year ‘reign,’there was never any scandal and the Reagans even re-set the presidential image of the office, following the failing Carter administration,
May it be a lesson to all of us to try to live our lives in a class fashion. Regardless of political views, treat all with good cheer even if you don’t agree. Laugh off what has become mean-spirited rhetoric today. We don’t always get second chances like the Reagans- not that they wouldn’t have gotten it right the first time,
The United States still hasn’t recovered from the Kennedy Assassination 50 years later and another such excecuion could have been completely disastrous. Not only would we not have benefited as much from a ‘replacement’ President that would follow over the next eight years but the replacement would likely had difficulty living up to Reagan Legacy (Reagan being regarded as certainly one of the two or three top Presidents of the past 50 years) that came only inches away from never happening.
Believe it or not, you don’t need it as you can change your inside AND OUTSIDE
quite a bit by your attitude and beliefs….besides
AS WE GET OLDER WE INCREASE OUR VALUE & COMPETENCE
An 80-year-old can think ‘younger’ than a 25-year-old, and actual recent studies have found that such thought processes can translate to ones health and physical being. There are chemicals in the body, like cortisol , which can have a physical affect on one’s body based on mental issues.
If one is stressed, feeling old or even negative, it CAN come out in one’s physical health and appearance.
Much like ‘You Are What You Eat,’ ‘ You are What You Believe,’ both physically and mentally
Try This :
1. Don’t Ask Others’ Age and Don’t Tell Others Your Age
This may sound strange to people, at first, but think about it…
Society has programmed us where we should be at a given age.
Do not put ‘restrictions’ and pigeon-hole someone based on someone’s age
just as you don’t want others to do that to you
2. Don’t Be Defensive About Your Age
Don’t say things like ‘I’m Dating Myself’ or other put-downs based on age
which our youth-oriented society has almost subliminally programmed us to do.
3. Don’t Celebrate Birthdays (as in numbers)
Instead of celebrating a number, which increases every year, why not, instead, celebrate your favorite things and your accomplishments? You can still celebrate, but don’t put the emphasis on that number but, rather, the important things of your life.
Think back to your favorite times of your past. You can live and celebrate those, again!
That trip you took when you were 35… that favorite, forgotten restaurant you used to go to –
or something as simple as re-visiting an old favorite place, friend or something you haven’t revisited for years! Most things you can still do. We’re not telling you to live in the past but to do those things that you most enjoy. LIVE YOUR BEST DAYS AGAIN and AGAIN.
4. Live As Eternal
STOP saying your age
STOP celebrating your chronological number
STOP holding onto grudges and negative thoughts
START celebrating what you have accomplished!
People Today Don’t Know How to Live.
Rescue your life – Don’t be afraid to break away from society’s callings.
BELIEF TRUMPS GENES !
says Dr. Christin Northrup
You can change your thought processes and truly feel and look younger , if that’s what you want.
Don’t let your old thought processes and old baggage keep you down.
Dr Northrup expounds on the topic in her new book, ‘Goddesses Never Age.’
Let’s not forget to mention actress and comedienne Betty White, pictured above.
Now in her 90s, she’s living well and happier than most. Her four fellow ‘Golden Girls’ passed on years ago but, God Bless Her, White continues to thrive, perhaps the pin-up person for getting older gracefully.
And while the Pew Research Center predicts that people who aren’t affiliated with a religion will decline as a portion of the world population in coming decades, researchers say atheists, agnostics and the like will continue to grow as a share of the population in countries like the U.S. and France.
Even still, the majority of the U.S. population in 2010 said that they pray at least some, with about 1 in 4 Americans saying they pray several times per day.
Seeing the state of our union today, perhaps a little more prayer wouldn’t be such a bad thing. It appears that more people prayed in better, happier times.
Best Economics Books- Timely Biography in Wake of Russia -Ukraine Crisis
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Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate (Footprints Series)
Bay Area and Berkeley’s own John M. Letiche, now in his mid-90s, started life as Ianik Letichevsky, a citizen of the newly constituted Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The son of a brilliant but dictatorial father and a loving, cultivated mother, he went on to a remarkable career as an accomplished scholar, professor of economics, and adviser to governments.
Letiche, now in his nineties, provides an intriguing look at the changes that have occurred during his lifetime.
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Dr. Letiche provides adventure and thorough analysis of the time in which he lived. His early years in Russia and then in Canada are fascinating for a view of how people were coping with uncertainty and instability in the world. One is drawn into the thinking of a very sensitive child who shows wisdom beyond his years. Of course, the fact that he ended up teaching Economics at UC Berkeley during the sixties makes him seem one of us westerners. He brings a great sense of balance in his evaluation of many African heads of state during a grueling, sometimes dangerous working tour of the country. He showed insight and balance in his analysis of the behavior of the Chancellor of the University during the turbulence of the Free Speech Movement. Guns in Africa, tear gas in Berkeley; there is plenty of action.Dr. Letiche shows generosity of spirit in revealing his personal foibles and skillfully emphasizes the traits that form his own philosophy. What better way to get to know this extraordinary man, other than knocking on his door and having a good listen in conversation with him.
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