November 2018


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust~


November honors my favorite holiday of the year—Thanksgiving—and gently reminds us of the importance of being grateful for ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, and for the kindness of others.

In his Greater Good essay, "Why Gratitude is Good," Robert Emmons, a psychologist who has done research on gratitude, says that he believes that gratitude has two primary components:

  • It's an affirmation of goodness, in that we recognize the gifts, blessings, and benefits we receive.
  • It recognizes that gifts and blessings come from outside ourselves. We understand that other people or higher powers (if we believe in those) provide us with many gifts to help us attain the goodness in our lives.

Gratitude is a key driver in our quest for happiness and fulfillment. One way to acknowledge our gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. There are a number of ways to do so. You can make a list of things for which you're grateful, and each day expand on one topic from your list; or you can keep a journal by your bedside, and each night list three things you're grateful for.

Gratitude is a choice, and this month my intention is to make the choice to express mine whenever possible. I am especially grateful for you, dear reader.
With heartfelt thanks,
November Writing Prompts
  • What does gratitude mean to you?
  • Make a list of ten things you're grateful for.
  • Write about a Thanksgiving that was memorable for you.
  • Write a thank-you letter to someone who has changed your life—sending it is optional.
Recently Published Works
“Like the Song, I Will Survive, It Took All the Strength This Survivor Had Not to Fall Apart." (blog).  Thrive Global. October 4, 2018.

Writing and Storytelling for Healing. ” (blog). Psychology Today .  October 9, 2018.

“Wounded Healers and Storytellers.” (article). PsychCentral/Mental Health Library.   October 26, 2018.

"Muse on My Back." (poem). Poets Unlimited. October 27, 2018.
Workshops and Appearances
"Writing for Bliss: Talk"
November 30th
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
388 Bell Street
Los Alamos, CA
Arrive early. Limited seating.

Radio Interviews

"How Writing Can Heal . " The Diane Ray Show. Unity Radio. October 3, 2018.

J enny McCarthy Show. Sirius XM Stars. October 3, 2018. (Live show—no link)
Suggested Reading
Inspirational Musings by Barbara Sinor, PhD.

Inspirational Musings is a beautiful, compassionate companion book, a precious gem to be used as a lifeline on those gloomy days when one needs a boost. This work offers poignant musings for those going through any kind of emotional and physical trauma, offering insight and strength.  Inspirational Musings is a soft and poignant reminder that we must grieve at our own rate, slow down, practice mindfulness and compassion, enjoy nature, and allow life to unfold. 

Sinor’s wisdom and kindness illuminate every page. She reminds us that while suffering is a part of life’s journey, love and compassion are our higher powers. The book is a heartwarmer, and a reminder that healing, no matter what kind, is a form of awakening. This book is a blessing to whoever picks it up, and one that deserves to be read over and over again.
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