Family, Wishbones, and Leftovers

by Julie Shields, co-author of Thank Forward: A Gratitude Action Kit with Mia Logan, PhD. With the holidays fast upon us, I’m reminded of one of my favorite childhood memories. Our family used to celebrate Thanksgiving, not just the day, but the whole week! Our week was filled with family, crafts, and Charlie Brown. One classic classroom craft was the hand turkey: First, each person placed a hand on top of an orange piece of…

Gratitude for Presence

A Day With Monet by Julie Shields, co-creator of Thank Forward: A Gratitude Action Kit Have you ever experienced sensory overload? The kind where each one of your senses is evoked and running at 110% capacity? The sounds turn into static, the sights start to swirl, your heartbeat speeds up, and your head is about to burst. I found myself in the most unlikely place experiencing this so-called phenomenon, at the Denver Art Museum. For…

Thank Forward

“I’m a big proponent of the benefits of having an attitude of gratitude. If you are, too, you’ll love Thank Forward. It’s a beautiful way to express appreciation to people in your life and then experience those good feelings bouncing back to you and forward to others. Join the Thank Forward movement!” —Ken Blanchard, cofounder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies and coauthor of The New One Minute Manager Our guest author…