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On A Personal Note

Well it's time for Thanksgiving.  With Thanksgiving comes a lot of F's - family, food, friends, fellowship, football, falling asleep on the couch (probably while watching football)...and I'm sure there are others.  Wherever you are and whoever you're with I hope you have lots of loved ones around and much to be thankful for.

This year AAA is projecting there will be over 55 million people that will be traveling more than 50 miles away from home for Thanksgiving.  That is up from 54.3 million last year.  So if you're traveling, leave early and be safe!
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Thanks Is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

As the holiday season approaches like many people I start thinking about buying presents. But before getting caught up in the frenzy, I also like to take a pause and reflect on the many gifts I already have, and to be thankful for them. 
According to psychologists, being grateful for the gifts we have in life gives us powerful benefits. We sleep better, have fewer illnesses, and are simply happier. What a great way to go into the holiday season! There's simply no downside to expressing gratitude, and lots of upside.

If you want to really get a happiness bump from gratitude, then I recommend keeping a “gratitude journal.”  The basic practice is easy. Simply record five things you've experienced in the past week for which you’re grateful. Do this weekly. Here are additional suggestions:
  • Research suggests that gratitude journaling is more effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful.
  • Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things. Be aware of your feelings and how you “relish” and “savor” this gift in your imagination. You don’t need to write these things down, but at least think them about each item you list.
  • Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
  • Try subtraction, not just addition. Reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying the good.
  • Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.

Click to see a motivational video by Oprah about the effects of her personal Gratitude journal.

Why It’s Called a Turkey

The holidays are a time when many families cook turkey. Here’s a fun factoid to share at your next gathering: Turkeys are native to North America. But the name turkey stems from the country called Turkey.

More precisely, the word stems from Turkish merchants who, in the 16th century, imported guinea fowls to Europe, where they were called Turkey-Hens. When similar-looking birds were found in the Americas, they were mistaken as Turkey-Hens. So the name Turkey stuck and is now used worldwide for the iconic bird.

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Tackling the Tension in Real Estate

People move for a lot of reasons. Their house is too small or too large, the kids have moved away or there are new kids, they can't afford it anymore or they can afford better, they got a new job or lost one, and so on. But no matter what a person’s reason is for moving, it almost certainly corresponds to a major change in life’s circumstances.

Changes like these are both physical and emotional. And when they involve a move on top of it all, the stress can skyrocket. 

As a real estate professional, my job is to help manage that stress by being spot-on with my communication and quick to handle problems. So when you or someone you know is facing a big life change that includes moving, you can count on me to take care of the real estate side of things, and keep tensions as low as possible. Contact me for help anytime. 704-578-0926.

Some People Are Better at Saving because They Know This…

Marketers make spending money as painless, attractive, and easy as possible for us.
  • One-click buy that Amazon product. Get it tomorrow.
  • Buy that Xbox now with a quick signature, and you can pay over time.
  • Drive through and grab dinner on the way home.
  • Click to load this app that's ONLY $3/mo. Oh, and this one, too.
We don't actually need those items. But by creating as little friction as possible between our thought and our action, marketers get us to spend far more money than we need to. And we succumb, over and over again!

People who are good at saving money learn to recognize and resist the manipulation. They pocket that money instead, and use it to save for something they want, or to pay off a loan, or to invest. If you suspect you’re overspending, here's an interesting exercise to help you (or someone you know) remove the veil and see the truth:

Go through your bank account for the past 30 days. Make a list of categories that you spend in, such as groceries, gas, restaurants, Amazon, etc. Then write down how much you spent the previous 30 days in each category. Look for places you could have done without. Add up how much you could save if you cut back. Then figure out how to use that money in other ways instead.

Story: Remember Others When Reaping Your Own Rewards

A ship was wrecked during a storm at sea, and only two sailors survived by floating on debris. When they reached a deserted island, one of the sailors promptly said there was not enough food and water for both of them, and he went off to fend for himself.

When he reached the other side of the island, he began to pray for food. The next morning he found a tree bearing fruit. From a hill, he looked down and saw the other sailor still searching for food. “My prayers have been answered,” he thought smugly.

That day he prayed for fresh water, and soon he found a spring. The other sailor had to wait for rain. And so it went for several days. The first sailor got everything he prayed for, while the second struggled.

Every night the first sailor prayed fervently for rescue. Finally a ship sailed into sight. He waved, and a rowboat was sent to pick him up from his side of the island.

The rowboat started back to the ship, but before getting far, a voice sounded in the sailor's head: “Reach out to your fellow survivor” the voice said.

But the sailor said back, “He must not have prayed hard enough. Why should I do anything for him?”

“You both prayed,” the voice intoned. “But only his prayers were answered."
Confused, the sailor argued that all his prayers had been answered.

"No," said the voice again. "While you prayed for yourself, he prayed that everything you asked for in your prayers would be given to you.”

The sailor had the grace to turn the boat around to rescue the other fellow.

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