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17 Easy Ways to Develop a Positive Outlook

17 easy ways to develop a positive mindset - The power of a positive outlook is great and far-reaching. Inspiration and motivation for healthy thinking at work and at school. These activities, tips, and ideas work for women and men and even kids and teens. Lots of Christian life thoughts for making you happy through prayer, scripture, and more.

I wrote in a post in 2013 called 13 Bible verses to overcome disappointment. I said that I was not born an optimist, and I don’t think anybody really is. What a depressing thought, but it was 100% true for me at the time. I have good news for you. In the years since that, I have grown into an optimist. Mostly. I have developed those skills, and now I usually see the world through rosy glasses, though I will be the first to admit that I still have snarky and sarcastic moments once in a while. Why does a positive … Read more

28 Simple Habits to Become a Better Person

25 simple habits to become a better person - Good, kind, successful people do certain things every day. These 28 tips will help with motivation and leadership. Become more like Jesus Christ every day.

There is a line from a movie that goes something like, “You make me want to be a better man.” I think Jack Nicholson says it to Helen Hunt in the movie As Good As It Gets. {If you haven’t seen it, check it out on Amazon because it is tremendous (I think both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won Academy Awards for their performances, but I’m not 100% sure.) I could gush about that movie for an hour because I’ve seen it approximately 87 times, but I’ll save my breath and just tell you to go watch it for yourself.} … Read more

How to Raise Grateful Kids – Make a Family Gratitude Jar

How to make a simple DIY gratitude jar craft for kids and families - This simple practice will change your life. Includes instructions, name ideas, and tips for making and using the jar. Could be used in the classroom or at home. Children love it!

The Christmas hangover is hard for kids – and for adults. After weeks and weeks of thinking and talking about all the bounty that Santa will provide, kids spend an hour (maybe less) opening the gifts, and then – nothing. If your kids are like mine, they will play with their new gifts for a while, but then, what is left to look forward to? Their birthdays? The next major gift-giving holiday? Next Christmas?  Grace is not so bad anymore, but Allie (who turned 7 December 28) is all about the gifts. Immediately after opening her Christmas gifts, she started … Read more

20 Bible Verses on Gratitude & Being Thankful

Bible Verses on gratitude & being thankful - These 20 scriptures will encourage you to be grateful in every circumstance. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ and others will inspire you to walk in life, truth, and faith with a grateful heart.

I think my word of the year for 2018 will be contentment. I struggle with contentment and gratitude, and that leads me to constantly overspending. I just really need that one thing. And then that other one thing. And then that one more one thing. It never ends. My kids have the same problem. I have a post coming up next week on raising grateful kids because I think it’s so important to focus on gratitude at this greedy time of year. Christmas is over, and we can now stop thinking about all the things we hope to get and … Read more

What I’m Thankful For

After Wednesday’s indignation and in honor of Thanksgiving (I know, it was yesterday.), here are a few things for which I am thankful. 1. My crazy children Wednesday, my little familia went to a restaurant with my dad. My younger child threw a coffee cup at the wall (because I took her iced tea away after she flapped her fingers around in it for the second time) and broke the handle off.  A few minutes earlier, she dropped its saucer on the floor and broke that. Hello, we’re the Ziegmonts, and we understand if you never want us to come … Read more