Precious Gifts


Your family is a precious gift.  Think about your life without family.  Your husband or your wife.  Your children.  Your parents.  Your siblings.  Your cousins, aunts and uncles.  Your grandparents.  How empty would your world be without these precious gifts in your life?  Do you tell your family that you love and appreciate them?  If so, how often?  If not, why not?

One of the primary components required for developing healthy family relationships, is thechristmas-present-83119_960_720 expression of admiration towards one another.  Not just when a special occasion arrives, like a birthday or a holiday, but every day.  Every day is a new day and a chance to speak loving thoughts to those that you care about the most.  Can anyone tire from hearing ‘I love you’ or ‘You are beautiful’?  No.  I don’t believe so.  Understand that your expressions of admiration build a fortress that helps guard relationships against difficult times.  Every family faces difficult moments.  Protect your family with a fortress of love.

Your family needs to regularly hear your compliments.  Stay focused on their individual strengths.  Tell each of them what makes you proud of them … today.  Tell each of them what makes you grateful that you have them in your life – today.  Keep speaking your praise towards them and watch what happens.  THEY will achieve greater goals in their lives.  THEY will begin speaking praise over others, including praise over you.

If you cannot find anything complimentary to say, don’t say anything at all.  Smile upon your loved one. Wait until the storm passes within you.  When it does, proceed with expressing your love and your appreciation for them.

Set the example.  Treat your family with respect.  Watch over your children by giving them your undivided attention.  You will unwrap many gifts this holiday season.  Unwrap your most precious gifts, your family, with love and care.

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By, Joanne Henig, President / Co-Founder / Author / #evolution


When Challenged, Allow Appreciation In!


There are times in our life when we all get tired, discouraged or become challenged.

We may be living in the house of our dreams, working at a well paying job that we sought after, and we may have family that we love all around us.  But sometimes we let fatigue set in and take control over our lives.  We dwell on popular buzzwords like overworked, drained, annoyed and even bored.

When we permit such toxic buzzwords to settle into our conversation they also settle into our mindset.  We suddenly find ourselves backing off of those things that give us joy.  And we plant seeds around our neighbors, coworkers and family that leave an impression that we lack desire.  We infect them with our toxicity.

When we are challenged by a long day at work, plenty of chores at home, or with a child that is sick; we can allow these things to consume us.  We can allow these things to captivate us.  However, we can choose to avoid the power that exhaustion has over us and instead build on the benefit of its challenge.

We can choose to put on a new attitude.  Become determined to remain in appreciation

Let Joy In

Let Joy In

and joy.  We can recognize that we have worked so hard and have already reaped such great rewards.  We will not allow all the goodness in our lives to be overshadowed by toxic buzzwords.   Instead of complaining we could be saying, “I know it’s only a passing storm.  I’ll be sailing on calmer seas in no time!”

The way things currently are in your life is temporary.  Keep your joy and enthusiasm, even during tough times.  Develop some positive self-talk.  Speak those positive words out loud.  “I enjoy working hard.  I am contributing to society.”  “I may have my sleep disrupted, but I gain an opportunity to bond with my child when I offer him comfort in the middle of the night.”  “Keeping up with the house maintenance is a pleasure because it makes my family proud to invite new friends into our home.”

Be grateful that you have challenges.  That means that you have a life filled with hope and promise.  The way you navigate through your challenges allows your co-workers, family, neighbors and friends an opportunity to learn something about your character.  Do you want them to learn that you are a complainer and a quitter?  Or would you rather have them know that they can lean on you when they are sailing through rough seas?

Always be your best.  Always do your best.  Always think your best.  Always speak your best.   Because dear joy-seeker, you are the best!

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By, Joanne Henig, President / Co-Founder / Author / #evolution

Kindness Towards Others


Today I’d like for us to think about how we can be thoughtful and compassionate towards others.

Let’s go ahead and make someone else’s day and in return let’s receive the uplifting rewards that will surely be returned to us ten-fold.  Small acts of kindness allows for peace to travel deep into our being.  And peace is what we all seek for our lives.

You don’t have to look very far or try very hard to find ways to be good to others.  It’s perfectly fine to be kind to someone you don’t even know.  You may want to consider offering compassion towards someone that has become so familiar to you, like your spouse, sibling or a parent, whom you may have unintentionally taken for granted from time to time.

You will feel great delight in your heart, particularly when acts of thoughtfulness

Be thoughtful and compassionate towards others.

Be thoughtful and compassionate towards others.

become a daily habit. Don’t wait for a special occasion.  Ordinary days can be transformed into extraordinary days when little moments of thoughtfulness are gifted to others.  Be the shift in someone else’s day.  Be a bright light in a world shrouded in fear.  Others will wonder why you’re always smiling.  Why you’re always on the winning side of life.  You will know why and you can show others why; with your actions.  A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day for the better.  By planting seeds of kindness into someone else’s day you will, in affect, be growing acres of kindness across the far reaches humanity.

The more you are kind to others the more others will be kind to you.  If you want to reach your grandest self you have to be good to others.  Great abundance will be returned to you in many forms.  Love.  Friendship.  Career.  And so much more.

We were created to create.  In other words, we are not here to sit around and wait for good circumstances to come to us.  We are here to create our circumstances.  If you enjoy being treated warmly with expressions of love, then you must offer warm expressions of love.

A ‘me, me, me’ attitude is a selfish attitude and will return nothing but isolation.  A ‘we, we, we’ attitude is a selfless attitude and will return nothing but blessings.  If you are seeking a lifetime of happiness, be good to others.

Our children can learn so much from our examples of thoughtfulness, compassion, kindness and of giving to others.  In fact, one of the first lessons we teach children is to share.  Share a toy, for example.  It is not that your child is not deserving of the toy.  But when we ask our children to share their toys what we are really asking them to do is be thoughtful to others, to be compassionate, to be kind and to be a giver.

As we roll into the holiday season, let’s remember to be thoughtful and compassionate towards others.  More importantly, when the holiday season is over, continue to practice thoughtfulness and compassion each day so that it becomes a habit ingrained deep in your being.  Not only will your life be blessed with great abundance, but the lives of others will expand with great joy as well.

Happy holidays!

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By, Joanne Henig, President / Co-Founder / Author / #evolution