Category Archives for "Inspiration"

Nov 25

20 Inspiring Gratitude Quotes and Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal Giveaway

By Admin | Inspiration , Syndications

Hi friends! Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate.

I’m so grateful to all of you who share your experiences and insights on the blog, and to those who you who give your time and energy to help others in the comments and community forums. I am endlessly inspired by your openness, your empathy, and your kindness.

To celebrate this day, I gathered some of my favorite gratitude quotes (mostly from anonymous sources), and I’ve also put aside two copies of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal for a special giveaway.

About the Journal

Including questions and prompts pertaining to both your past and present, the journal will help you see your life through a new, more positive lens.

The book also includes fifteen coloring pages, depicting awesome things we often take for granted, like nature and music.

With space for written reflection, these pages provide all the benefits of coloring—including mindfulness and stress relief—and also guide you to recognize the beauty in the ordinary.

Whether you’ve been gratitude journaling for years or you’re just giving it a try for the first time, Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal will help you access a state of inner peace, contentment, and joy.

The Giveaway

  • To enter to win one of two free copies of  Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, leave a comment below sharing something you’re grateful for today.
  • For a second entry, share this post on one of your social media pages and include the link in a second comment.

You can enter until midnight, PST, on Thursday, November 30th.

If you’ve already received your copy, I would appreciate if you’d leave a review on Amazon here. It doesn’t need to be long—even a tiny review can make a big difference.

The Quotes

Yes, that last one is my own quote, so it’s probably kind of odd to include it in a list of my favorites. But I wanted to add this one in case you’re going through a tough time right now and not feeling all that grateful. Be good to yourself. Take care of yourself. And know that you are loved and appreciated.

**One request before you go! Tiny Buddha has been nominated for Healthline’s Most Loved Blogs contest. If Tiny Buddha wins, the entire $1000 prize will be donated to Operation Smile to give new smiles to four children with cleft lips and palates. You can vote once daily until December 6th here. Thank you so much in advance for voting!

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Nov 24

This Small-Town Post Office Was Almost Shut Down, But Now It’s a Christmas Destination.

By Admin | Inspiration , Syndications

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In the tiny village of Angelica, New York, the post office is more than a place to get mail or send packages. There you’ll find the heart of this charming community. It’s where residents meet and greet friends.

So when Angelica’s post office was threatened with closure in the 1980s, resident Pat Kaake came up with a plan to save it. Angelica already had lost its neighborhood school in favor of a modern building a few miles outside of town, and the nearest hospitals were 15 miles away in either direction.

In Pat’s mind, it was paramount to keep a functioning post office. So she turned to the angels for help.

“At Christmas time I would hear on the news about towns named Snow or Bethlehem having celebrations,” says Pat, who had moved to the tiny village from the big city. “I thought it was a wonderful idea, so I said, ‘Why couldn’t we do the same thing with Angelica?’”

Pat, who is an artist, created a postal cancellation design featuring an Angelica angel. Staying true to the nature of her adopted home, she drew her angels in a folksy fashion and submitted her proposal to the U.S. Postal Service. Once approved, the drawing was carved into a postmark cancellation stamp that could be used for one day only.

The postmistress at the time had another idea to make the day even more special—calling the post office Angel Station.

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The massive uptick in mail volume saved Angelica’s post office from closure and keeps the doors open today.

Now it’s tradition that on the first Friday in December, folks come to Angelica to mail their Christmas cards. People push through the door with its tinkling entrance bell and find the lobby decked with garlands, pine fronds and lights. A carved wooden angel flies near the ceiling. In the corner, a Christmas tree twinkles. Village supporters sit at tables that are topped with bowls of punch and platters of decorated cookies, offering hot chocolate or coffee to those who are mailing cards.

The massive uptick in mail volume saved Angelica’s post office from closure and keeps the doors open today.

Each year the volume of mail going through the Angelica Post Office swells during late November and early December. Stamp collectors from around the world have embraced the Angel Station cancellation, some sending mail from as far away as France.

Because the stamp is destroyed each season, Pat draws a new angel that heralds season’s greetings from Angel Station every year. Post offices may close in other parts of the country, but this tiny one endures, thanks to Pat and the miracle of Angel Station.

If you enjoy small town holiday destinations, check out these 11 small towns known for their Christmas lights.