The other day, I came across a quotation by Melody Beattie that read, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” As we say goodbye to November and officially enter the holiday season, its powerful wisdom reminds me to slow down.
You see, I often find myself caught up in the hustle of the season. Between surviving the end of the semester, arranging travel plans, attending holiday parties, and completing the Christmas shopping, the month of December can get pretty hectic.
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When I think about Beattie’s quotation, however, I remember to pause more often and reflect on the things for which I’m grateful. I feel inspired to step out of that rushing stream of time and focus more carefully on all of the incredible things that I have in my life. And when I do this, I experience that very “fullness of life” of which Beattie speaks.
7 Ways to Create Meaningful Conversation
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been blessed to spend more time with the people I love. Whether we’re getting coffee together, snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie, or simply talking on the telephone, each interaction has been rich and fulfilling. And when I pause to consider what has me feeling most grateful, it’s just that: quality time and meaningful conversation.
Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising. Science continues to show us the important connection between happiness and meaningful conversation. And as Gretchen Rubin explains, strong relationships are the secret to happiness.
But how can we foster these valuable interactions? How can we engage in meaningful conversation?