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Hearth Haiku to Warm Up Your Cold Days

Haiku is a simple poetic form that’s easy, fun, and meaningful for everyone. -, January 19, 2018

4 Ways to Add Satisfying Texture to Winter Soups

Soup is a perfect winter meal. Adding something you can sink your teeth into brings it to the next nourishing level. -, January 18, 2018

Martin Luther King and the Impact of Inspired Leadership

Making lasting change in the world means staying true to deeply-held principles. -, January 12, 2018

3 Ways to Notice—and Overcome—Obstacles in Your Life

Don’t get discouraged in your resolution progress. -, January 11, 2018

Should You Phrase Resolutions in the Form of a Question

Asking “Can I?” and “Should I?” brings an attitude of open curiosity to your New Year’s pledges. -, January 5, 2018

3 Stovetop Simmers to Fill Your Home with Warmth

A softly bubbling pot of richly scented herbs and spices soothes your senses and revitalizes your spirit. -, December 26, 2017

Make 2018 Your Most Positive Year Yet

These 4 strategies can set you on a positive path for the new year. -, December 26, 2017

Stock Your Fridge for a Healthy New Year

What do you see when you open your refrigerator? Let it reflect your healthy goals for 2018. -, December 26, 2017

5 Self-Care Tips for a Positive Christmas

As Christmas draws near, it’s more important than ever to nurture your positive spirit with these techniques. -, December 21, 2017

The Real Joy of Being Together

No matter its size, our community is the source of true, lasting happiness. -, December 21, 2017

How to Stay on the Positive Side of Holiday Music

Avoid the musical pitfalls psychologists warn can sabotage our holiday cheer. -, December 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas for Positive Thinkers

Let your gift-giving spark fun, joy and light in your loved ones’ lives. -, December 9, 2017

Relieve Stress with a Five-Finger Breath Exercise

This simple practice will help you relax and find some peace in your day. -, December 7, 2017

Hanukkah: The Long Reach of a Small Light

As Hanukkah begins, what will you kindle in your life? -, December 6, 2017

2 Ways to Make Art with Others

Creative projects are even more meaningful when they’re crafted in a way that builds relationships and community. -, December 1, 2017

3 Ways to Set a Positive Intention for the Holiday Season

December 1 can feel like the calm before the holiday stress storm—or it can be a chance to set the tone for a warm, love-filled holiday season. -, November 30, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Warm Your Home on a Cold Day

As the cold season starts, these warming ideas will help you feel cozy in your winter’s nest. -, November 21, 2017

The Peace of ‘Enough’ During the Holidays

Enjoying the bounty of the season while remembering that more is not always more, is an invitation to a more positive holiday. -, November 20, 2017

3 New Ways to Think About Gratitude

Ask yourself different questions to bring out the full breadth and depth of your gratitude practice. -, November 17, 2017

4 Ways to Be Positive During Family Gatherings

Multiple generations, experiences and perspectives come together around holiday tables at this time of year. Practice positive communication strategies to make the most of the season. -, November 16, 2017

Which Comes First: Positive Thoughts or Actions?

The science behind the complex relationship between emotions and behaviors hints that our actions can be more powerful than our thoughts. -, November 10, 2017

How Planting Bulbs Is “The Work of Hope”

One of the last fall garden tasks is to tuck spring bulbs into the ground, sowing hope for a sweet, colorful spring ahead. -, November 9, 2017 

5 Positive Lessons from a Road Race

A positive sense of daily accomplishment is similar to a road race—compete against yourself only, and move forward simply by putting one foot in front of the other. -, November 3, 2017

Flavorful Fall Veggies in the Slow Cooker

Meatless dishes can still satisfy with these rich recipes. -, November 2, 2017

The Positive Power of Our Everyday Costumes

Halloween is an invitation to try out a wildly different identity. But what could we be if we brought our imagination to the everyday? -, October 27, 2017

4 Ways to Be Positive About Getting Older

Your outlook matters a lot when it comes to how you feel as you age. -, October 24, 2017

Refresh Yourself with a Retreat

Sometimes the best way to freshen your attitude is by stepping away from your everyday routine. -, October 20, 2017

Jumping at the Chance to Be Kind

Look for moments when the world is need of a good deed, and you will find yourself surrounded with positive opportunities. -, October 20, 2017

The Positive Power of “Next Year” in the Fall Garden

Putting the garden to bed for winter is a surprisingly satisfying job, if we remember that "to everything there is a season.” -, October 13, 2017

How Being Generous Helps Your Brain

Between hurricanes and earthquakes, the opportunities to be generous with time and money have been plentiful lately. New research offers a surprising reason to give. -, October 12, 2017

3 Ways to Bounce Back from Adversity

No matter your age, resilience is a skill that can improve with practice, to the benefit of your emotional and physical health. -, October 6, 2017

4 Reminders to Keep Your Positive Thinking Honest

There aren’t many downsides to seeing the positive side of life—but experts caution against falling into a few traps. -, October 4, 2017

Positive Reading List: The Art and Science of Communication

In addition to his acting career, Alan Alda studies and writes about how we can listen better, connect more and learn from each other. -, September 29, 2017

6 Kinds of Stress, and How to Cope

Can stress make you stronger? When you have solid coping mechanisms in place, the answer is yes. -, September 28, 2017

Positive Reading List: ‘Rethinking Positive Thinking’

This psychologist’s research shows that staying motivated to be your best self requires both positive thinking and an honest assessment of obstacles. -, September 22, 2017

5 Delicious, Savory Ways to Enjoy Apples

The hallmark fall fruit can do so much more for you than star in a pie. -, September 21, 2017

Making a Fresh Start as the Leaves Fall

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, speaks of newness just as nature is quieting down for the winter. There’s beauty in that contrast. -, September 15, 2017

The Art (and Craft) of Community Building

Being part of a public art project reminds me of how connected we are when we work together to create something. -, September 14, 2017

Stark Beauty in Death Valley

A national park’s challenge to reflect on a natural landscape that’s not traditionally beautiful elicited some inspiring reactions. -, September 8, 2017

Letting the Squirrels Have Their Fill

The critters who raided my fruit trees got on my nerves…until I remembered that we’re all just hungry mammals in search of some sweetness. -, September 7, 2017

A Back-to-School Mindset Is Positive at Any Age

No matter how long it’s been since you cracked a schoolbook, the crisp September air can become an energizing moment in your year. -, August 31, 2017

3 Questions to Celebrate Labor Day with Purpose

Wise words from Martin Luther King Jr. resonate with today’s pursuit of positive and meaningful work. -, August 31, 2017

The Benefits of Being a Slow Decision Maker

Here's why considering all the options before making a decision might not be such a bad thing. -, August 25, 2017

4 Ways to Have a Positive Day at the Beach

Get the most out of a day filled with sand and surf. -, August 24, 2017

3 Different Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

A wedge of watermelon can’t be beat, but try these other ideas to work this hydrating summer fruit onto your plate in new ways. -, August 18, 2017

Positive Summer Reading: ‘Gift from the Sea’

Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s 1955 classic opens our eyes to the deeper meaning of the beach. -, August 17, 2017

Optimism 101: Imagine a Positive Future

New research suggests imagining the future in a positive way is a key to cultivating an optimistic outlook. -, August 11, 2017

4 Positive Sides of a Rainy Summer Day

A rainy day might mean a change of summer plans, but it has a lot of gifts to offer as well. -, August 10, 2017

3 Ways to Shift into a Vacation Mindset

Whether your travels are taking you near or far, you can embrace the beauty of being fully away. -, August 3, 2017

Give Us This Day Our Daily Steps

Keeping track of how far your feet take you each day is good for both body and soul., July 28, 2017

How to Make Fresh, Flavorful Grilled Vegetables

The bounty of summer brings bright flavor and nutrition to your dinner plate when you fire up the grill. -, July 27, 2017

Cultivating Silence in the Tomato Patch

Pruning these unwieldy vines reveals more than swelling fruit—it shows what can grow when given some space. -, July 21, 2017

5 Ways to Have a Positive Experience at the Farmer’s Market

A weekly trip to the farmer’s market is an opportunity to connect to the people and products that make your community a positive place to live. -, July 20, 2017

‘The Star Thrower’ and the Difference You Can Make

The famous story of the boy who saved starfish is an inspiring summer reflection on how even if we can’t do it all, we can do a whole lot of good in the world. -, July 14, 2017

Take a “Flower Walk” for a Breath of Fresh Air

Even if all you see are dandelions and clover, noticing the colorful, growing things around you can refresh your whole outlook. -, July 13, 2017

5 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer

The risks of prolonged sun exposure are real—but they don’t have to keep you from having a fun, positive summer. -, July 7, 2017

Add Some “Awe” to Your Summer Vacation

Science shows that feeling awed by nature leads to more positive, generous and moral actions. -, July 6, 2017

Celebrate the Sparkle in Your Life This 4th of July

Fireworks against a night sky are beautiful reminders of the sparks that illuminate what matters in your life. -, June 28, 2017

3 Healthy Flavored Waters for Happy Hydration

Water keeps us thriving in summertime—why not infuse yours with fresh, healthful flavor? -, June 27, 2017

Positive Summer Reading: ‘The Book of Joy’

Let a conversation between two renowned faith leaders inspire your quest for lasting happiness. -, June 23, 2017

A Mom Navigates Change with Positivity

The end of my son’s first year of school is an exercise in holding two big feelings in my heart at once. -, June 22, 2017

3 Ways to Live Mindfully

Mindfulness meditation is effective, healthful—and available to you wherever you are. -, June 16, 2017

The Positive Power of Telling Your Story

Teaching creative writing at my town’s Senior Center reminded me of how much good comes from putting pen to paper. -, June 15, 2017

5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with “Dr. Google”

We all do it—head online with medical questions. Here’s how to surf in a healthy, helpful way.-, June 9, 2017

The Beauty of Gardening with Non-Attachment

When I let go of the output of my garden, I can enjoy its real gifts. -, June 9, 2017

6 Foods to Fight Stress

These delicious, season-ready foods help your body clear inflammation, a classic symptom of chronic stress. -, June 6, 2017

3 Quick Ways to Boost Your Confidence

It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming to believe in yourself.  -, June 2, 2017  

Recipes: 4 Fizzy, Refreshing Drinks to Start Off Your Summer

Let your summer begin with non-alcoholic drinks that tickle your nose and remind you of the carefree joys of longer, warmer days. -, May 24, 2017

Tips to Create and Sustain a Positive Attitude

Sometimes, turning around negative thinking asks us to dig deeper than an affirmation. -, May 24, 2017  

4 Ways to Get Past Noise and Stress

You can’t always retreat from loudness, but you can use your imagination to connect with the still, calm place you always carry with you. -, May 22, 2017  

Recipe: How to Enjoy Salad for Dinner

Let a colorful, healthy and seasonal salad freshen up your dinner plate. -, May 19, 2017  

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed

Explore this checklist to discover where stress is trying to put down roots in your body. -, May 15, 2017

3 Ways to Say ‘Happy Birthday to Me’

Whether you’re celebrating solo or with friends or family, take time for gratitude and joy on your special day. -, May 12, 2017  

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Planting a seed is an investment in the future of both your garden and your emotional health. -, May 8, 2017

8 Ways to Be More Positive Right Now

These easy steps will help you live a more positive life today. -, May 2, 2017

How to Stay on the Positive Path

Instead of giving up when you get off track with your goals, here's how to maintain a positive attitude. -, May 1, 2017

The Green Gifts of Spring

When the trees set their tender new leaves, I am reminded that newness and beauty will always return to the world. -, April 28, 2017  

Recipe: A Colorful Spring Pasta for Meatless Monday

A dish that celebrates the season and benefits both my health and the planet? Yes, please!
-, April 24, 2017 

What Can Doodling Do For You?

I’m no artist, but an art class turned out to be the inspiration I needed to stretch out of my comfort zone. -, April 21, 2017  

3 Ways to Do Your Best Despite Stress

Successful stress management requires some detective work—and a commitment to positivity.
-, April 17, 2017 

How National Parks Make Positive Family Memories

The parks are a sunny, connecting annual destination for my dad, my sister and me.  
-, April 14, 2017

The Uplifting Freedom of Passover

A journey to freedom is a metaphor that can inspire followers of all faiths.  -, April 10, 2017

6 Ways to Start Your Day Off Right

A positive day begins with a self-affirming ritual. Here are some suggestions.  -, April 7, 2017

3 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

You don’t have to break the bank to freshen and energize your home., April 3, 2017

The Emotional Impact of Color

Becoming aware of how colors affect your emotions can help you live a more positive life. -, March 27, 2017

The Spring-Cleaning Job I Look Forward to Most

“Remove to renew” is a guiding principle in my tiny fruit orchard as well as in my life. -, March 24, 2017

3 Free and Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

A positive lifestyle includes practices that nurture and love the self, no expensive appointments required. -, March 20, 2017

Recipe: The Lemony Pleasures of Spring Cooking

Lemon is the flavor I crave most when spring is approaching. Let its zing wake up your meals from morning to night. -, March 17, 2017

The Peaceful Side of Flu on Vacation

The flu set in right as my plane touched down in Florida. Here’s how I preserved my inner peace while I recovered. -, March 13, 2017  

The Great Closet Clean-Out

A close look at my wardrobe became a lesson in how to let go—and when to hold on. -, March 10, 2017

3 Tips for Enjoying Sugar in Moderation

Sugar isn’t exactly a health food, but eating sweets smartly can be part of a joy-filled life. -, March 6, 2017

5 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter

‘Tis the season for dry winter skin. Try these home remedies to feel fresh and hydrated this winter. -, March 3, 2017

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind

The buzz of everyday life can make us forget what it feels like to be at peace. Take the time to reconnect with your calmness. -, February 27, 2017

Recipe: Warming Beans and Greens Soup

This soup is seasonal, satisfying and the definition of comfort food. -, February 24, 2017

The Miracle of Winter Flowers

Indoor gardening has never been my forte, which makes houseplant successes all the sweeter. -, February 20, 2017

The Positive Power of Words

We can’t control our medical providers’ words, but we can make our internal monologue positive and healing-focused. -, February 17, 2017

The Gifts of Silence

A cough has taken my voice, but not my inner peace and soothing self-care. -, February 13, 2017

Do You Need a New Year’s Resolution Reset?

A month into the New Year, it’s ok—important, even—to revisit your priorities and intentions. -, February 10, 2017

Welcome to A Positive Path

Twice-weekly tips, musings and inspiration on health, wellness, cooking, gardening and other uplifting, joyful pursuits. -, February 2, 2017