Using The Holidays Well

It is nice to sleep in and have nothing pressing to do when I get up. No doubt, those with young children have not that luxury. As I recall they remain spun up for a day or two after Santa shows up.

Instead of Boxing Day, maybe today should be gratitude day. Your life is far better if you appreciate the good things that happen.

Some thoughts on gratitude

If you make your prayers an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for the blessings you have already received, instead of requests for what you do not have, you will obtain results a great deal faster.” Napoleon Hill

Ingratitude, leads inevitably to a confining, restricting and ‘shrinking’ sense of self. Emotions such as anger, resentment, envy and bitterness tend to undermine social relations.”  Robert Emmons, From his book, – Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, “

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero

Maybe your best parenting gift for Christmas is to help your children learn the idea of gratitude. Learning to enjoy what you are given is one thing, but being grateful energizes life. It is a useful ability. Appreciating what you have makes stress less and joy greater.

It will work for you too


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I build strategy and fact-based estate and income plans. The plans identify alternate ways and alternate timing to achieve both spending and estate distribution goals. In the past I have been a planner with a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency, a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business. I have appeared on more than 100 television shows on financial planning, have presented to organizations as varied as the Canadian Bar Association, The Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Banks – from CIBC to the Business Development Bank.

Be in touch at 705-927-4770 or by email to don@moneyfyi.com

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