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Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Since 1776, the concept of "the pursuit of happiness" has been held sacred in our national consciousness. But how can we get happiness and keep it? Unassuming enough questions, yet they have given rise to books, articles, and spiritual teachings. 

A great way to start one's quest, during this month of giving thanks, is the miracle of gratitude. I am truly blessed, with a loving family and extended family and great friends. For years I kept a gratitude journal, writing down most nights five things I was grateful for that day. The simple act of counting my blessings shifted my perception to such an extent that it changed how I saw the world. It heightened my sense of well-being. The more I practiced gratitude, the more I found I had to be grateful for and the more present I became. Wouldn't it be a great idea to think about who you are grateful for and then tell them? It's a simple thing to do and this expression of gratitude would bless both you and the receiver. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't tell someone that I love them or that I value them as a friend.

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." --Bernard Meltzer. 

There are many Hollywood movies with spirited melodrama about the dysfunctional family at Thanksgiving, but relationships, family and friends, are the heart of happiness. I have found it's important to forgive and forget. And it makes sense that if you show love and kindness and happiness to the world, it will flow back into your life.

It's important to be optimistic. My husband keeps me on the straight and narrow in regards to this. If I stray no matter how slightly, he'll remind me to be positive. (Which can get very annoying...lol.) Research has found that the physical act of smiling and laughing released endorphins into the body that increased one's sense of well-being. It doesn't do any good to dwell on negative things, which if you do, gives those things endless power.

Those on a religious and spiritual path are more likely to say they are very happy. A strong spiritual faith has helped me to connect to what is real, what is now, and what has been given to me. Prayer helps me to see the happiness that already exists in my center.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
Posted By Susan Bernhardt

I am thrilled to announce that Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) will be released on Friday, November 14!

Murder Under the Tree Blurb:

While Kay Driscoll attends a Christmas tea at Hawthorne Hills Retirement Home, a beloved caretaker dies from an allergic reaction to peanuts. When the official coroner's report rules the cause of death to be accidental, a small group of residents suspect foul play and call upon Kay to investigate.

Kay uncovers sinister plots of fraud, revenge, and corruption at the Home. During this season of peace on earth, good will to men, additional murders occur. Despite multiple attempts on her life, and with the support once again of her best friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, Kay continues her quest for bringing justice for the victims.

Kay's first Christmas in Sudbury Falls is an unforgettable one, with equal amounts of celebration and danger. 'Tis the season to be sleuthing!

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Murder Under the Tree will be available on Amazon, iTunes/iBooks, Barnes and Noble, MuseItUp Publishing, Kobo.

 

 

 
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