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50 Crazy-Wonderful Things about the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!

I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the Earth Gratitude Wave both on the 22nd. It’s never too early to feel grateful, which is […]

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The Infinite Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy—it’s free to give, and by giving it, you often receive more in return. If only everything were that easy! But the truth is, it is easy to feel grateful, and the benefits are wonderful. Expressing gratitude (even if it’s in the quiet of your own heart) has been found […]

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In Defense of Fairy Tales

The other day I saw the first half of an Albert Einstein quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent…” At this point the quote was cut off, and of course my mind went to something like “read math books!” or how […]

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What If Your Life Were a Movie?

  I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You’ll have to read it yourself to understand the title and the whole story (which I do recommend). But in it, Billy describes a phase of the afterlife in which you are surrounded (I pictured […]

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Top 11 Ways to Be Happy

March 20th is International Happiness Day, and that’s cause for celebration! I wasn’t always happy. In fact, I spent most of my life vaguely depressed, crabby, and insecure. But for the past few years, I’ve really, really worked at being happy, and I’ve found there are a few secrets that make it so much easier: […]

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Permission to Recover…Granted!

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the image of the hard-working career person as someone who only sleeps five hours a night, starts work at 5 in the morning, and continues late into the evening—someone who’s always working, even during “recreational” time: golfing, fishing, socializing at the bar, attending conferences. It […]

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Save the Date: Earth Gratitude Wave, April 22, 2015

I was sitting outside this past Thanksgiving, surrounded by beautiful trees and rolling hills and feeling grateful for the crisp, clean air, when it occurred to me that we should have a similar holiday of thanksgiving for the earth. However, we don’t need a whole new holiday for Earth; we have Earth Day. We also […]

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The Future of Magazine Media—10 Ideas That Could Rock Our World

Yesterday afternoon, I represented my company at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. Some of you may know me as a blogger, M.O.M (mean old mom), or recipe writer, but I’m also the CEO of Rodale Inc., the publisher of magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Running Times, Bicycling, and Organic Gardening […]

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