Psychology 101

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How did the UNITED States Of America become so divided? While the answer is certainly complex and multifactorial, I would argue that one possible solution is simple—let’s start rewarding the behaviors that support our country. As citizens, we should vote for people who will support that change. Our voting along party lines only widens the division that benefits no one ultimately, except the politicians.

Richmond Tea Time

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Afternoon tea is a light meal, the custom originated amongst the wealthy social classes in England in the 1840s.
My daughter, who does the art for this BLOG, carries on this tradition with delicious teas and assorted savories and treats, like Dutch stroopwafels, Belgian chocolate thins, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, and more. She even has a clock glass case full of tea cups to celebrate “tea time” in full punny style. Today we feast on a special jelly cake from Shuman’s bakery in Alexandria that is a traditional favorite of Princess Elizabeth, before she became Queen. It is still being made in her honor. And it sure grows on you. How delightful with tea!

Gratitude

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Practicing gratitude means being thankful for what we have to the degree that we feel more kindness toward the world. It can effect positive changes in lives and research shows that people can augment their gratitude by counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful, especially expressing it, is associated with increased optimism, energy, and empathy.

Rose Colored Glasses

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