How to Add Gratitude Into Your Daily Life

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My gratitude practice began over a decade ago — when I was 13 years old — with a rock.

I had just watched the movie The Secret with my Dad and shortly after he collected us some small rocks from the beach to use as our gratitude rocks.

I was at high school at the time and every day you could find my gratitude rock in my school uniform pocket or in my bag, and every time I would see or touch the rock I would think of something I was grateful for.

When I started doing this I discovered how incredibly powerful gratitude could be.

Over the past decade I’ve been devoted to practicing gratitude and based on my experience I truly believe that adding gratitude into your daily life is so powerful.

And on that note, here are eight tips to help you add more gratitude into your every day life:

Excerpt from Chloe Wigan’s article in Huffington Post- read more

Why Authors Need an ‘Outside Life’

 

If you’re in the field of writing the changes are good that you tend to face more rejection and less acceptance than those in any other profession. No other group of people face criticism and rejection as often as we do. Truthfully, though we may rant and rave, we have no choice but to accept it; it is after all part of the “game of publishing.”

Quitting this artistic profession we have chosen is not an option. Writers write because there is something inside us that drives us to create stories, write articles, and put ourselves out there for others to see, possibly reject, and comment negatively on our work. It is almost masochistic! How many rejections can you take before you quit? The answer is we’ll take them all and we will never quit.

Excerpt from an article by Kristin Houghton in the Huffington Post– read more.

Revisiting The ‘Last Interview’ Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron

The Last Interview series features conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Nora Ephron and Philip K. Dick.

There’s so much to like about the classy Last Interview series, but one of the things I now like best about it is the heavenly trio who was recently added to the line-up: Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick, and Nora Ephron.

Can you think of three writers who, on the face of it, would have had less to say to each other at a dinner party? Hemingway would have knocked back the booze and gone all moody and silent; the notoriously paranoid Dick would have been under the table checking for bugging devices and Ephron would’ve channeled what she called “the truly life-saving technique” taught to her by her Hollywood screenwriter parents to get through a rough time: the mantra, “Someday this will be a story!”

Excerpt from Maureen Corrigan’s article in NPR Books- read more

Alex Miller bids farewell to writing life in The Simplest Words

The Simplest Words is a novelty. It’s an antho­logy of a living writer’s work, a sort of Portable Alex Miller, but also a farewell to the writing life — as it’s been this far. Miller has said he has written his last novel, but he also declares in this new book that “life without writing is not only no fun for me, it is also life without meaning”.

The Simplest Words invites us to take stock at least as much of the person as of what he has written. The autobiographical and reflective pieces predominate, whereas excerpts from the novels are each only a couple of pages long.

Excerpt from Gerard Windsor’s book review in The Australian- read more

The Last Rotation

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The most memorable writing by physicians often comes about when the physician is knocked down by the very entity he or she strives to subdue: illness. Jerome Groopman’s The Anatomy of Hope is at its most intense and moving in the chapter where he reaches inward and describes his long struggle with back pain. Oliver Sacks’ wondrous late essays, in which he meditates on his own imminent end and the meaning of all that came before, glow with emotional resonance. In the hierarchical world of medicine, where doctors may have little experience with personal suffering and often remain emotionally disconnected from their patients, the doctor-writer who gets sick gains one benefit from suffering: a massively changed perspective.

Book review by Anna Reisman in The Slate Book Review- read more

Journalist Ruqia Hassan murdered by Isis after writing on life in Raqqa

Ruqia Hassan’s Facebook profile

Islamic State militants murdered a journalist who wrote about daily life in occupied Raqqa, having accused her of being a spy, activists have confirmed.

Ruqia Hassan, 30, was killed in September, but news of her death became widely known this week after Isis claimed on social media that she was still alive.

Writing under the pen name Nissan Ibrahim, Hassan’s posts described life for residents of Raqqa, Isis’s Syrian stronghold, and the frequent coalition airstrikes against the group.

Excerpt from Aisha Gani and Kareem Shaheen’s article in The Guardian– read more.

Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in many years, because they started feeling like lines drawn in the sand: bold, dramatic, exciting.

Until the tide comes in and washes them away.

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I see plenty of writers resolving this and that on line. But I don’t need New Year’s resolutions to motivate me in my career because New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day really aren’t any different from other days in my writing year. Well, except for the champagne, which might either slow me down a bit, or conversely give me some fresh ideas.

Excerpt from Lev  Rephael’s article in the Huffington Post- Read more