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Gems for a Happy Family Life
Celebrating family. Leading positively. Sharing how-to.
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How To Borrow Money From Friends And Family Without Destroying Your Relationships

How To Borrow Money From Friends And Family Without Destroying Your Relationships | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
It isn't easy.
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Practical advice to help put family first.

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The One Trait That Happy People Share

The One Trait That Happy People Share | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, I'm setting you all a challenge - for one day only, try not to experience life through a lens. How wonderful all the tools

Via David Hain, Carolyn Williams, Bobby Dillard
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Be present with loved ones.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 20, 2014 5:42 AM

Happy Happiness Day! Treat yourself to a jar!

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:52 AM

(From the article): Here is a simple and visual exercise. Find a jar, and at the end of the day write a small note about one moment during the day that made you happy. It doesn’t have to be a significant moment – it may be something as simple as watching your dog roll around on his back on the lawn. Fold up the paper and put it in the jar. If you’re ever feeling down, go to the jar and relive a moment that made you smile. The tactile nature of it will put a smile on your dial - and it separates - good feelings from the smart phone - which may well also be your work device.

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YouTube Reportedly Developing a Version for Kids

YouTube Reportedly Developing a Version for Kids | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
As the biggest video sharing site by a landslide, YouTube attracts people from all walks of life, for better or for worse. Yet the Google-owned company is

Via Alessandro Rea
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Family friendly?!

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The 4 Steps You Should Take Before Dealing With a Conflict

The 4 Steps You Should Take Before Dealing With a Conflict | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Discover the "CALM" system for relationship troubles.
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Helpful acronym.

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How To Have A Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed By Research | TIME

How To Have A Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed By Research | TIME | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
1) Having Dinner Together Matters Kids who have dinner with their families do better across pretty much every conceivable metric. Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More: A recent wave of research shows tha...
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Checklists! I love 'em but don't usually see them included in similar lists for families :)

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Are your kids getting enough sleep?

Are your kids getting enough sleep? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Children and parents need a wake-up call about the importance of sleep, say medical experts who are visiting schools in Australia and New Zealand with their message. - New Zealand Herald

Via Peter Mellow
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The teen years are the toughest to ensure proper sleep, 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.

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April Richards's curator insight, March 15, 2014 11:32 PM

Are your kids getting enough sleep?

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Stressful week? Try this ultimate feel-better-right-now bath

Stressful week? Try this ultimate feel-better-right-now bath | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Tired, achy and cranky? Try this super-easy homemade bath recipe that will chase away the blahs and make you feel better fast...!

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Pretty.

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5 Ways to Invest in Yourself | Inner Clout

5 Ways to Invest in Yourself | Inner Clout | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
To succeed in your career, it is important that you continue to learn and add value. Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself to optimize your chances.
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#5 is my favorite of this list. Volunteering in big and small ways reap huge personal benefits.

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Happy Couples Share 6 Common Habits

Happy Couples Share 6 Common Habits | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Putting your spouse before your children is key.
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Positive and proactive habits.

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I am a multiplier.. I like to multiply people’s talent

I am a multiplier.. I like to multiply people’s talent | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
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Growing talent, growing hearts, growing love bigger.

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Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything

Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
What do Steve Jobs, Bob Dylan, and Plato all have in common? Apart from being some of the most influential people in history, all of them thought of...

Via John Michel, Bobby Dillard
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Play!

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8 Essentials of an Effective Apology

8 Essentials of an Effective Apology | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
I'm pretty good at apologizing and I think it's primarily because of two reasons: I've been married for over 25 years. I mess up a lot. That means I get a lot of practice apologizing. I've logged w...
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Thorough.

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What 3 Oscar-nominated films teach us about family

What 3 Oscar-nominated films teach us about family | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
In “August: Osage County,” there is one hilarious scene amid a morgue-like set.
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Thoughtful read -> How do we escape the sins of our fathers and mothers yet still “belong” to our family? 

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The Upside of Longing: Idealization and Long-Distance Relationships

There's at least one benefit to long-distance relationships.
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Absence makes the heart great fonder, as long as a relationship moves beyond idealization.

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Why overscheduling kids is robbing them of a life worth living

Why overscheduling kids is robbing them of a life worth living | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
It is time we stopped thinking of free time as ‘down time’ from life for our kids, and realised that free time is vital for the development of creativity and life success.

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Downtime is vital time.

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Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon

Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains

Via Andrew McCluskey
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Fascinating article! Yet one more reason to include music in family life.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, March 19, 2014 2:23 PM

This is a fabulous article and includes some simple experiments that are really quite eye - or should I say ear opening.  Building on the idea that repetition is fundamental to how we experience music, the author weaves a compelling story that most will find really interesting and insightful.

Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 19, 2014 2:27 PM

So true!

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Ways to Say You Care

Ways to Say You Care | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
There are many ways to show someone that you care. Here are some examples.
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Helpful collection.

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The 4 Scientific Ways to Become Luckier | TIME

The 4 Scientific Ways to Become Luckier | TIME | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
It sounds crazy at first: How can you possibly become luckier? But it turns out luck isn’t chance and magic. There’s a science behind it. Richard Wiseman studied very lucky people to figure out what they had in common.
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It's behaviors that improve luck.

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10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough

10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Some

Via John Michel
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Sweet, personal account of gratitude.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:12 PM

Have you paused to count your Blessings today? 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 14, 2014 1:15 PM

It seems easier to complain than accept what we have with gratitude. This is an excellent article in pointing out was to life the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, March 18, 2014 2:15 PM

Good stuff!

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Are you expecting what you haven’t been promised?

Are you expecting what you haven’t been promised? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Having hopes, dreams, and expectations is a good thing, for the most part. Sometimes having expectations can be a source of disappointment and frustration.

Via donhornsby, Bobby Dillard
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I'm a hoper! Asking the simple question, "Was I promised this?" can help to discern if my self-created expectation wasn't met or if a promise was broken.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:47 AM

Insightful article on the challenge of dealing with expectations in leadership. 

 

Where in your work and life have you been frustrated, disappointed and upset about unfulfilled expectations that no one ever promised you to fulfill?

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5 Simple Rules To Live By | Life Love & Music

5 Simple Rules To Live By | Life Love & Music | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Life has its ups and downs but if you follow these simple rules, life can be a whole lot easier.
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Debbie is a gem and has written a helpful article here.

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9 Tips On How To Be More Romantic?

9 Tips On How To Be More Romantic? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
This time, I really, really, really did a gigantic research on my topic. WikiHow is fantastic!I wished to find out how to be more romantic. And I noticed, that this topic is mostly aimed at men. We...
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Love in action (great pictures included.)

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Happy hoteling with kids

Happy hoteling with kids | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Traveling with kids is often not relaxing and it can be downright perturbing. Choosing the right hotel can help limit the amount of vacation stress a family experiences.
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9 tips

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Attachment Vs. Detachment : Theories Vary

Attachment Vs.  Detachment : Theories Vary | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Rainer Maria Rilke discusses the incompleteness of lovers who lose themselves in others, without first finishing their self work. It becomes a whirlwind of attachment and detachment. Decades of res...
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Excellent article on the topic, from the first person perspective of an adult who was raised in foster care.

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5 Obvious - Yet Important - Actions of Love That Great Relationships Have

5 Obvious - Yet Important - Actions of Love That Great Relationships Have | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Your words mean a lot to your spouse, but your actions of love will speak much louder than words alone. Here are some simple actions great relationships do
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Do what is loving!

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