Tag: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving, Choosing Your Words and Big Money: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 23-27), we took a closer look at what we can really learn about ourselves from a Facebook quiz, does fundraising for one thing take away from others, how to give yourself a break on Thanksgiving and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Is Any Holy Book Worth $100,000? – Brad Hirschfield If you suddenly had an extra $100,000, what would you do with it? Would you pay off outstanding debts for education or on your......

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A Thanksgiving Message That's Good Year-Round

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Here’s a piece of Thanksgiving advice that’s actually useful before, during and after the holiday. And it’s advice you’re not likely to hear anyplace else: Don’t worry about gratitude and thankfulness on Thanksgiving. Surprised? Watch my video for more insight and discussion on when we should worry about gratitude… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wide range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. To watch more videos......

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Letters, Life Partners and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include a memoir by Mary-Louise Parker in the form of thank you letters, the journey to picking your life partner, writing as a way to find answers to life’s questions, the science of eating on Thanksgiving and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Letters of Love “My brother and I have talked about this, how we always loved [our......

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Planning, Improvising and Grieving: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 16-20), we?took a closer look at the Starbucks cup controversy, the American public’s selective grief after shocking violence in Paris, the choice to make New Year’s resolutions early, how dance can teach us about relationships and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Starbucks Cup: It’s About Conversation – Michael Bernstein To paraphrase a famous statement, nonsense is nonsense, but the reaction to nonsense is worth looking at. What was at the bottom of the......

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Making Your New Year's Resolution... at Thanksgiving

The time-honored American tradition of Thanksgiving is upon us and among the parades, football, and turkey (or maybe Tofurkey),?it begins a much anticipated holiday season. The winter rubric moves us symbolically from thankfulness to joyfulness to hopefulness, and culminates with many feeling inspired to make significant changes in their lives – with a New Year’s resolution. When the clock strikes midnight to welcome 2016, nearly 50% of Americans will make a resolution. However, it’s estimated that only 8% of these people will successfully achieve their resolution. What stops us from completing our......

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Yale, Evolution and Turkey Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 9-13), we examined the tendency to increase our pace when slowing down may bring more contentment, the anticipation of joyful Thanksgiving gatherings, the surprising moments when violence seems natural and necessary, the trend among non-scientists to question evolution… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Too Much, Too Fast: Why We Need to Pause in Life – Min Kantrowitz One day, I realized I’d never seen a semi-colon as part of a tweet, those compact......

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What Makes Thanksgiving the Happiest Day?

Thanksgiving is upon us. Soon, we’ll be shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, buying more than 50 million turkeys and spending more than $2.8 billion at the grocery store. Over 25 million people will hop on an airplane, and millions more will hit the road or board a train, in order to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones. The traveling, shopping, cooking and spending will be worth it as studies indicate that out of all American holidays, Thanksgiving is the one that consistently makes us happy. As the number of Americans who choose not to......

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

There are so many ways to make the most of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving table.? From the classic turkey sandwich (add a bit of cranberry sauce and a dab of spicy mustard!), to leftover sweet potatoes, which can easily be turned into amazing gnocchi with the addition of some flour, an egg and a bit of salt, you really can do some amazing things to extend your holiday meal. What’s true for the food on our tables can be just as true for the experience of gratitude which typically animates at......

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Thanksgiving: Being Grateful for Change, Good and Bad

More often than not, our ability to feel gratitude and express thanksgiving lies in recognizing the importance of the darkest moments in our lives. I’m guessing that there aren’t many people out there who, when it’s their turn to express what they’re thankful for at the holiday table, come up with the words, “I’m thankful for World War II”! Yet, that scene was our Thanksgiving dinner several years ago, with a table full of guests, and that person was my father. In the shocked silence that followed, I looked around at the......

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An Experiment in Gratitude

Check out what I picked for this week’s top inspiring video:? Much work has been done in recent years on the science of happiness and one recurring finding is that expressing gratitude significantly increases our happiness.? Interestingly, the more specific we are about what we are grateful for the greater the increase in our happiness. Try doing this practice this week. 1.?? ?Think about who in your life has been really influential.? Who has had the greatest impact? Who did something really amazing or important for you? 2.?? ?Write down as much......

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