About the Author

Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-development seminars and provided adolescent counseling. She writes extensively for many online publications and in published anthologies of Jewish women's writing. She and her husband spent 14 wonderful years raising their five children in Israel, and now live in Blue Ridge Estates in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Sara Debbie enjoys skiing and running in her free time.

Seven Ways to Turn Goals into Action

Most people abandon their resolutions. Here’s how to ensure you keep them.

Infographic: 5 Expectations to Give Up to be Happy

Life circumstances don’t make us happy. It’s how we view what happens to us that makes us happy.

Living in Israel: Six Lessons

Where the heart of the Jewish people lies, nothing is mundane.

8 Ways to Turn Darkness into Light

This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.

Six Ways to Be Patient with Our Children

Parenting is exasperating. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

8 Ways to be More Thankful

This Thanksgiving take the gratitude challenge.

7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

Why I am grateful to be a Jew today.

No More Monday Blues

Transform your weekdays with the gifts of Shabbat.

The Spiritual Bystander Effect

The Jewish people needs your prayers.

8 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Each Day

The holidays are over. Here’s how to hold onto the light.

Finding Shelter in a Transient World

Six points to think about as you sit in your sukkah.

Ten Ways to Get Up After We Fall

How to keep trying even when we feel stuck.

5 Things to Do During Your First Year of Marriage

How to work on building your marriage every single day.

But I Haven’t Changed All Year!

4 common thoughts that block change before Rosh Hashanah.

8 Ways to Jumpstart Change

Great quotes to inspire personal transformation.

7 Ways to Worry Less

Don’t worry, be happy. 7 great quotes with photos.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Infographic: Never Give Up

8 motivating quotes to fire up your day.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

Because every parent can use a quick reminder.

Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

A user-friendly guide for men who sometimes have no idea what their wife is really saying.

Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

Life changing values to share with your kids.

Infographic: Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

If these warning signs sound familiar, distance yourself as much as possible.

Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Print and post on your fridge and read regularly.

Sharing the Gift of Torah

Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life.

Infographic: Seven Ways to Build Confidence

Never give up hope in yourself and in what you can achieve.

Finding Patience

We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.

Six Common Mistakes about Change

How to succeed in changing a habit.

Crushing Pain

The Jewish people ache with the Sassoon family. We cannot speak; we have no words.

Infographic: Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

Extraordinary accomplishments begin with extraordinary thoughts.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

I stared at her beautiful face and held her tiny hand and thought: I have no idea what I’m doing.

Take Off Your Mask

This Purim, remove the four masks we wear and experience true joy.

Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

It's the time of year to increase your level of joy. Here's how.

Walking 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson’s amazing story that merges faith and determination.

Infographic: 8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

Giving your kids the love and confidence they need to embrace life.

8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse

Refraining from saying certain things is just as important as what we say.

7 Inspiring Jewish Quotes

Get motivated to achieve your goals.

Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Four essentials for facing our deepest selves.

#Je Suis Juif

I am a Jew. Don’t let the Jews of France stand alone.


Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini have created extraordinary lives through adversity.

One Habit Can Change Everything

5 strategies to making resolutions that stick.

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