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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

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

My Gratitude Journal

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I keep a gratitude journal. I have, on and off, since 1998. My first gratitude journal, filled with saccharine sentiments of a boyfriend who eventually turned into a louse (or maybe always was a louse, and I didn’t notice at first) met its end at the curb many years ago. I have other journals, some half-filled and forgotten, some full from cover to cover. My current gratitude journal, begun just after BlogHer (because I’d lost the one before and finally gave up looking for it) looks a little different from the ones before. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about … Read more


I’ve kept a gratitude journal for years, since I saw Oprah talking about gratitude on her show. I would guess I was 17 or 18 based on what I wrote in that first one. Keeping track of my blessings has made sense to me. It helps me to focus on the good the nice, the happy. Call it what you want – The Secret, the Law of Attraction, a self fulfilling prophecy. When I look for things to appreciate, I find them in abundance. Not long ago, someone shared a link on Twitter for the first chapter of Ann Voskamp’s … Read more

Our Family Is Thankful For

In Things to Write Home About this week, I mentioned that the fabulous (and famous!) scrapbook designer, Becky Higgins, posted a family gratitude activity. Becky made a poster using a picture frame, a poster board, and some letters. The result is gorgeous – exactly what you’d expect from a designer. In her original post, Becky explained the materials she used, how she introduced it to her family, and how her children received the activity. I was inspired. First, I made a list of Becky’s supplies and located a coupon for the craft store. Then I thought, “What are you doing? … Read more