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natural awakenings November 2011 5 Send $20 (for 12 issues) to FOR HOME DELIVERY Julie Arnold, Publisher


With the summer heat behind us, our thoughts turn to win- ter in Florida and the official launch of the snowbird season. Maybe we don’t need to pull out stored sweaters and coats, but a definite crispness fills the air. It feels good, even to sun worshippers. November brings much to be thankful for, includ- ing one of our country’s greatest blessings, “the pursuit of


happiness”. This month’s feature article by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist, “Economics of Happiness: The New Economy,” points out a radical new way of measuring life satisfaction (page 16). We’re also excited by Linda Sechrist’s “Shop Smart: Keep Dollars Working in Local Communities,” a web-exclusive article. Supporting our local mom and pop shops, restaurants and businesses makes our neighbors happy and strengthens the social and economic fabric of our whole community.


An attitude of gratitude is a key to happiness, which is one reason I count


Thanksgiving as the best holiday of the year. You don’t have to buy any material gifts and if you are lucky you know someone that knows how to cook (thanks Mom)! How refreshing it feels to spend the day with loved ones, thinking about the many blessings most of us take for granted the rest of the year. My list in- cludes a safe place to live, a car that’s still running, good health (this is the best I’ve felt in years), inspiring work, family and friends that accept me for who I am and Daisy, a woman’s best friend that I rescued from the pound (the best $65 I’ve ever spent). When you are thankful for someone in your life, let them know it and color the day bright for both of you. This Thanksgiving, give yourself a break from all the doom and gloom chat-


ter, unplug and make the most of the day’s joy by really connecting with the people you chosen to spend it with. Feel good, live simply and laugh more.


Many blessings to you and yours,


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