Stevens Firm - November 2018

A Happy Heart Is a Thankful Heart What Matters Most THE StevensFirm,P.A. Family Law Center 349 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302 • • (864) 598-9172 November 2018

Thank-You Notes, Gratitude Journals, and Volunteering

It’s November, and this month, our thoughts turn to family, football, turkey, and lots of leftovers shared with those we care about most. It’s finally Thanksgiving time! At The Stevens Firm, we try to remember to be thankful year-round, not just during this time of year. Here are some of the best ways we’ve found to celebrate a little thankfulness every day. 1. Write a thank-you note. Select one person — a friend, work colleague, or family member — and send a handwritten note thanking them for something they have done for you. Some very successful people recommend doing this once or twice a week, but even if you only have time to do it once a month, the benefits are enormous. It focuses your mind and heart on what you’re truly thankful for in life. 2. Keep a gratitude journal. This is especially helpful when it seems everything in life is going sideways. Just jot down 3–5 things every single day that you’re thankful for. It could be small things, like having a hot cup of coffee waiting for you at the office each morning, or even big things, like being thankful for your doctor’s excellent medical knowledge when you’re facing an unknown or scary diagnosis. Believe it or not, even in the worst of times, if you focus on being thankful, you’ll find it’s pretty easy to find things you’re happy about.

3. Volunteer your time. Volunteering, in our opinion, is the epitome of having a thankful heart. Some people choose to give back in the form of giving money to their favorite causes or missions. Others choose to give their time to those who are less fortunate or to those who have sacrificed so much for the common good. Regardless of how you choose to volunteer, this is a wonderful way to take the focus off the negative and to focus on the good that still exists in this world. We are looking forward to this year’s holiday season as a time for all of us to slow down, reflect on the blessings and the lessons of this past year, and to share our thankful spirit with all those we love and care about. We wish the same for you and your family as well. If we can ever be of service to you or those you care about, we hope you won’t hesitate to contact us directly at (864) 598-9172.

–Ben and Jenny Stevens

Reminder About Our Firm’s Communication Policy Our promise to you is that while we are working on your case, we don’t take inbound phone calls, faxes, or emails. Our senior partner, Ben Stevens, takes no unscheduled inbound phone calls, as we have found this makes him much more productive and enables him to focus on getting your case resolved faster. You can always call our office at (864) 598-9172 and schedule an in-person or phone appointment with any of our attorneys, usually within 24–48 hours. We believe this approach is much better than the endless game of phone tag played by most businesses today. Email is also an efficient way to communicate with us, but please

be advised that emails are not typically checked more than twice per day. If you need something quickly, don’t email — call our office and speak with one of our assistants, who will be happy to help you. Disclaimer: This publication is intended to educate the general public about family law issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. Every case is different. The information in this newsletter may be freely copied and distributed so long as the newsletter is copied in its entirety and proper credit is attributed to “The Stevens Firm, P.A. — Family Law Center (”

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