TC348: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy-Pillar 6: Gratitude

TC348: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy-Pillar 6: Gratitude

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost continue their discussion on The Book of Joy. This week we focus on Pillar 6: Gratitude – I am Fortunate to be Alive The quotes below are excerpted from this chapter. Greet each day with gratitude “Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.'” Gratitude is the recognition of all that holds us in the web of life and all that has made it possible to have the live that we have and the moment that we are experiencing. Thanksgiving is a natural response to life and may be the only way to savor it. It allows us to shift our perspective toward all we have been given and all that we have. It moves us...

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TC 282: The Gift of Receiving with Grace

TC 282: The Gift of Receiving with Grace

Now is the time of year when people think about giving gifts to family, friends, coworkers, and others we interact with on a regular basis. Sometimes we give a gift because someone needs something, or wants a particular thing (this year it’s probably something Star Wars related or an Apple smart watch). In some cases we find something we’re sure our loved one will really like. Other times we give gifts out of a sense of obligation, maybe because they gave something to you. The Huffington Post has an interesting article on Giving and Receiving with Grace. The article makes the observation that “the concept of self-transcendence is bound up with the golden rule: “Treating others as you yourself would like to be treated.” When we...

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TC 273: Praise and Gratitude at Work

TC 273: Praise and Gratitude at Work

In this week’s Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz welcomes her sister Amy Frost and Amy’s husband Major Ross Bryant, USA Retired, to discuss praise and gratitude in the workplace. Ross and Amy both have extensive experience working with and leading teams. Currently Ross is the Director of Veterans Services at UNLV, and has built his team from the ground up. In the discussion, Ross stresses the importance of communication, respect, not punishing people for honest mistakes, accountability, and other characteristics to build an effective team. “Praise is good, but it has to be grounded in a sense of reality and teamwork and accomplishment that brings value to where people are really energized about being part of the team.”...

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TC 257: The Three A’s of Awesome

TC 257: The Three A’s of Awesome

Everything is Awesome! In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and Cafe regular Gloria discuss the little things in life that are awesome, “simple, universal, little pleasures that we all love but we just don’t talk about enough. Things like waiters and waitresses who bring you free refills without asking, being the first table to get called upto the dinner buffet at a wedding, wearing warm underwear from just out of the dryer, or when cashiers open up a new check-out lane at the grocery storeand you get to be first in line even if you were last at the other line, swoop right in there”. Robin was inspired to talk about this topic by Neil Pasricha’s TEDxToronto presentation. Neil is the author of the...

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TC 253: The Power of Intention

TC 253: The Power of Intention

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe, host Robin Masiewicz and regulars Gloria and Jamie discuss two important topics: The Power of Intention, and Angel Appreciation. With the devastating earthquake in Nepal and unrest in many other parts of the world, we wanted to discuss ways that we can help by sending out prayers and positive intentions. Donate to Earthquake Relief for Nepal If you’d like to donate to earthquake relief for Nepal, we suggest you go to Charity Navigator and select the type of aid to which you want to contribute. This will ensure that the charity you select is experienced and is actually on-site where aid is needed. You can review a charity’s data before you make a choice. This will prevent you from sending money to some...

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TC 234: The Power of Gratitude

TC 234: The Power of Gratitude

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast host Robin Masiewicz and regulars Jamie and Gloria discuss the research behind the Science of Gratitude, and how it can make us happier. According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. and author of “Thanks!“, “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize, and to change lives”.     “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton The infographic below highlights the numerous benefits of...

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