An Experiment in Gratitude

Have you ever wondered what you can do to bring more happiness into your life? Try this: express your gratitude.  Over the past year and a half, I have been trying to tell those around me how much they mean to me, and how grateful I am to have them in my life.  I’m sure you can agree that to be on the receiving end of an expression of gratitude also feels pretty good.  Here’s an inspirational video that shows how expressing your gratitude to someone important in your life can make you a little bit (a lot) happier.

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Snapshot

Here’s a snapshot I just took of the playroom (next to the living room).  The kids were all happily playing and getting along this morning (phew!), and I just wanted to capture the scene behind Mr. Paulistano.  While there is something to be said for minimalism, and I do prefer my house (and life) to be clutter-free, I also quite enjoy the comfort of a cozy, lived-in home.  Some of my favourite things are in this photo: the yellow rocking chair my dad had as a child,  my ‘Keep Calm’ poster (that incidentally was purchased directly from the original source in Northumberland UK, Barter Books, way before it was EVERYWHERE…just sayin’), my vintage magazine rack, and the cup of pretend coffee my kids made for me on their very own espresso machine (they know me too well). Happy Friday!