12 Ideas for a Happy Mom, Happy Family

Whether you've got 30 minutes, 3 hours, or a even the whole glorious day to yourself, here's how to maximize your relaxation, so you'll be recharged when you return to your family. (13 Photos)

Lisa Milbrand on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:55PM

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12 Ideas for a Happy Mom, Happy Family

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Start a Daily Gratitude List

Want to accentuate the positive in your life? Focus on everything that is wonderful by keeping a journal where you jot down the positive things that happen each day -- or just make a mental list as you go to sleep at night, or tap things into your smartphone. Research shows that people who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, optimism, progress toward goals and overall well-being. (And at the same time, you'll be modeling this optimistic outlook for your kids, too. Win-win!)

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