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Throwing a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving Without Breaking the Bank

The holidays are a time for family, friends and feasts. Time spent together is the most important part of gathering together during the holiday season, but most people admit these gatherings wouldn’t be the same without the food – turkey, pumpkin pie, ham, mulled wine, rum balls and sugar cookies. But somewhere along the way (can we blame Instagram and Pinterest?), you may feel every holiday meal should look like it belongs in a magazine. Free-range turkeys dressed in epicurean herbs, 12 organic sides and elaborately crafted baked goods are delicious, but they’re a lot of work and frankly, they’re expensive. When you’re gearing up for arguably the most expensive months of the year, it’s not always wise – or possible – to empty your bank account for one meal. Thankfully, it’s also not necessary. It’s still possible to do a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner on a budget. It’s All…

5 Ways to Foster Gratitude All Year Round

Ever feel like you don’t have enough? You’re not alone. In this era of Insta-bragging, Facebook envy and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, many of us consciously or unconsciously compare ourselves to friends, neighbors and even celebrities – then beat ourselves up for not having as much as they appear to have. Fortunately, there’s a powerful antidote to comparing and despairing: gratitude. According to UC Davis Psychology Professor Robert Emmons (who also happens to be the world’s leading expert on the science of gratitude), cultivating an attitude of gratitude can increase happiness levels by as much as 25 percent while also encouraging self-esteem, hope, empathy and optimism. Here are five easy ways to foster a sense of gratitude in your home this Thanksgiving – and all year round: Count Your Blessings It’s often easy to overlook the small things in life we should be grateful for. Writing a daily list…

The Financial Case for Gratitude

Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the gifts we’re blessed with: health, family, food on the table, a career, a home…the list goes on and on. But what you may not realize is that being thankful can actually make a positive impact on your financial situation. When it comes to our finances, many of us have a tendency to “compare and despair” – meaning we obsess about what we don’t have, and beat up on ourselves for not having as much as our family members, neighbors or friends. But a daily practice of being thankful for all you do have has been proven to stave off overspending and help you save. Here are four ways that adopting an attitude of gratitude can help you build wealth. You’ll Stop Comparing Yourself to the Joneses or the Kardashians It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking…

Five Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

11-20-14 SQ BlogIt’s so easy to take our blessings for granted, especially as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets underway. This Thanksgiving, take a little extra time to think about what you are truly thankful for. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

  1. Friends and family. Friends and family are at the top of this list for good reason. These are the people we love, and who love us in return. By sharing our lives with us, they imbue our lives with meaning. Without them, we would be lonely and isolated – especially during the holidays.
  1. Good health. Good health is something to be extremely grateful for. Just ask anyone who’s struggling with a lifelong medical condition, disability or terminal illness. Day-to-day problems like stress and financial woes are difficult to deal with, but not nearly as difficult as a mental or physical health condition. If you and your loved ones are in good health, take a moment this Thanksgiving to acknowledge how lucky you all are.