Posts by Helen Russell

Helen Russell is a spiritual creative, writer and photographer who mostly lives in the south island of New Zealand. Her goal is to inspire others to live with spirit in their everyday lives. You can find her writings on joyafter50.com or connect with her on Facebook. Visit her new storefront "The Secret Life of Toadstools."

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How to Start a Gratitude Practice and Change Your Life

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu

Somewhere in the distant past, out here in New Zealand, I recall someone saying to me “Be grateful for small mercies.”

Back in the 1950s, when I was a small girl, that meant being grateful for the simple things that made up the better part of my life.

As I grew, I forgot that piece of advice that someone, probably my beautiful grandmother, gave me way back then. But in 2010, I remembered it again.

Like so many people in the world in 2010, troubles …