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35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget


“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” —Kahlil Gibran

I have countless holiday memories. Most of them center around faith, family, and traditions.
Very few childhood memories actually include the gifts I received. I distinctly remember the year that I got a blue dirt bike, the evening my brother and I received a Nintendo, and opening socks every year from my grandparents. But other than that, my gift-receiving memories are pretty sparse. Which got me thinking… what type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?

To that end, here is an alphabetical list.

35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget:

1. Affirmation. Sometimes one simple word of affirmation can change an entire life. So make sure your children know how much you appreciate them. And then, remind them every chance you get.

2. Art. With the advent of the Inter…

Inspirational Quote for November 26, 2016

“Well done is better than well said.”

A need to take action rather than just talk about it is the clear meaning here. I guess a great many of us occasionally tend to tell all and sundry about a great plan, exciting enterprise, or original idea that we’ve had. Initially, everybody shares our enthusiasm, wishing us good luck and perhaps there are also offers of financial or physical aid. However, after they’ve heard us talk about it, again, and again, and again, with nary a sign that we are actually taking steps to make it a reality, they all get fed up and leave. Wouldn’t it be much better for them and us, if we actually did what we said, and earned a unanimous “well done” rather than the general consensus of “”Here we go again!” Thought so.


Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance

What is grit? In this interview, University of Pennyslvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth explains that grit is the capacity to work hard and stay focused. She shares why grit is necessary in addition to talent, and why talent needs the drive that grit provides in order for one to be successful.

Teens Overestimate the Bad Behavior of Peers

BySarah W. Helms

All the cool kids aren’t doing it, says a new study. In fact, teens underestimate good behavior among their classmates.

When you think about teenage peer pressure, plenty of images likely come to mind. Perhaps a classic after-school TV special or dramaticD.A.R.E. programskit with a dimly lit basement and one friend saying “Come on,everybody’sdoing it.” Indeed, a good deal ofprior researchhas focused on direct forms of pressure between friends. But if these images don’t fully resonate with your own memories of high school, you may be onto something.New researchsuggests that although these direct forms of pressure may exist, teens likely are influenced in other, more indirect ways, too. Think back to high school. You probably had a pretty good sense of who the cool kids were, as well as who was getting high or having sex or who was studying all day long. Everyone knew what was going on, right? But what if we were all wrong? According to this new research, teens think they kno…

Inspirational Quote for November 25, 2016

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”

Let’s imagine you have a garden okay? Now, in order to keep this garden looking beautiful and a joy to behold, there’s a great deal of effort and hard work required. Constant care and attention, i.e. weeding, planting, watering, dead heading, and protection from predators and pests. Take a moment to compare this with your mind and/or life at the moment. Can you see the similarity between the work needed to keep your physical garden in tip top condition and the work and attention needed, by you, to maintain, encourage and ensure your mind and life function to the very best of your ability? Happy gardening!


How Libraries Save Lives

--by Maria Popova

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the sacredness of public libraries“If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed,” Joseph Mills wrote in his ode to libraries“You never know what troubled little girl needs a book,” Nikki Giovanni wrote in one of her poems celebrating libraries and librarians.

A beautiful testament to that emancipating, transformative power of public libraries comes from one such troubled little girl named Storm Reyes, who grew up in an impoverished Native American community, had her life profoundly changed, perhaps even saved, by a library bookmobile, and went on to become a librarian herself. She tells her story in this wonderful oral history animation by StoryCorps:

The piece was adapted into an essay in Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work(public library) — the collection of tender, touching, and deeply humane stories ed…

Inspirational Quote for November 24, 2016

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Very sensible advice if you ask me! We may have a great idea in mind or a task to perform, and so mentally work out how we are going to proceed, what materials (if any) we will require, tools, time scale, cost, etc. etc. However, and this is very important, we actually need to take the physical steps or actions needed in order for us to progress re or nothing will get done! In other words, put very simply, “Get your butt in gear and get going NOW!”


Thanksgiving Spotlight on Gratitude

--by Shari Swanson

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday of November as a day to give thanks, a new national holiday, Thanksgiving. He urged his fellow citizens then embroiled in civil war to not lose sight of the gifts surrounding them, among them "fruitful fields and healthy skies." Lincoln understood that, even in the worst of times, gratitude is essential.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, 153 years after Lincoln's pronouncement, perhaps it is just as important to set aside time for deep reflection and gratitude as it was during the Civil War.

To help you find a deep sense of gratitude in this holiday season, we look back through prior articles on the issue and offer this Daily Good Spotlight on Gratitude.

Science shows us that cultivating a sense of gratitude is beneficial to our health in many interesting ways. People who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure. They tend to exercise more and t…

How to Say Thanks Without Feeling Indebted

ByJill Suttie

Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s hard not to think about the healing power of gratitude in our lives. Feeling grateful can give us a warm glow of happiness, increase our trust, and make us want tohelp othersin return. But when we receive something from others, we don’talwaysfeel grateful. In fact, we may feel indebted instead. Indebtedness arises when we believe that something we have been given was perhaps cloaked in a hidden price tag or incurs obligation. Think of the boss who praises your work ethic, or that certain friend who helped you move furniture. In those cases, you may feel that you are expected to repay them in some way. The boss may expect you to work late; the friend might ask to borrow money—and offhandedly remind you of that time he helped move the couch. Research suggests that there aresome important differences