Showing posts from October 2, 2016

Inspirational Quote for October 8, 2016

“Loving yourself isn’t vanity, it’s sanity.”

If you don’t love yourself then how can you expect anyone else to? If you want to feel loved, cherished and valued, then who better to do the job than the person who knows you best, i.e. you? That’s not vanity it’s common sense. If you love and value who you are as a person, people won’t see this as vanity, they’ll see you as someone who is at peace with who they are and comfortable and content in their own skin. How many people can say that? Make sure you take the necessary steps, if you haven’t already, to be one of them. Promise?


This Van Delivers Human Kindness

"If you want to experience real joy in your life, start giving away, start giving out..." Retired couple Peter Grazier and Nance Cheifetz decided that they wanted to become full-time Fairy Godparents, so in 2003, they sold their Lexus and bought Bodhi, their 1990 Volkswagon kindness van, and have been hitting the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area with lunch and hot chocolate. "Adults should have more fun than they do," says Cheifetz, who encourages everyone to join in the delight in giving.

How to Help Children Unleash Their Potential

ByDiana Divecha

Two new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.

Today, many parents and educators work vigilantly to guide children along the “right” path, hoping it will lead to a bright future. Adults, naturally, believe they know just what that path should look like, often drawing on theirown experienceorcolleagues’ advice. But this top-down approach often leavesparents feeling pressured, educators struggling, andyouth stressedandlagging behindtheir international peers. Two new books by developmental scientists work in tandem to rescue children from overinvolved parenting and from outdated educational practices. Their guidance is refreshing and based on decades of solid, cumulative evidence on how children really develop. Wanted: Parents as gardeners, not carpenters Alison Gopnikis an internationally recognized developmental scientist and author ofThe Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Bet…

Inspirational Quote for October 7, 2016

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”

Of course it is! In fact, being positive, is what gets most of us out of bed in the morning and keeps us motivated throughout our day. The trick is to hold onto it and keep holding on no matter what negativity we experience, either from people or situations. You have a choice. Determine to be positive in thought and action and therefore have peace of mind knowing you’ve done your best or, think negatively about who or what you’re experiencing and sink further into the pit of total negativity and helplessness? Surely, it serves us better to follow the former option? Onwards and upwards my friends! Who’s with me?


'Love Rounds' at Loma Linda

"Love Rounds" are done at the Loma Linda hospital once a week. "This unique idea was started by Dr. Wil Alexander, PhD, who is currently 94 years old and still teaching and lecturing within the family medicine department. He is not a physician -- he is a minister and professor of religion at Loma Linda University, and brings an important non-medical perspective to the way we learned to look at patients, which I value to this day." In this heart-warming essay, Dr. Turya Nair reflects on the inspiring time she spent at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California and the surprising lessons it taught her about the spirit of service.

How to Teach Happiness at School

ByIlona Boniwell

We can teach students crucial skills of well-being without overhauling the curriculum,Ilona Boniwellexplains.

Health is part of every public-school education. But what is health? It’s more than just nutrition and gym class. As early as 1947, the World Health Organization defined health as a state of mental and social—not just physical—well-being. Today, more and more schools worldwide are integrating social-emotional learning into their curriculum, teaching skills such as self-awareness,empathy, and active listening. Research demonstrates that happy people are successful across multiple life domains, including marriage, relationships,health,longevity, income, and academic andwork performance. They arebetter able to multitask and endure boring tasks, and are more creative, trusting, helpful and sociable.  So how do we teach the skills of well-being to students? A few years ago, working with my colleague Lucy Ryan, we developed acomprehensive Well-Being Curriculumthat is now …

Inspirational Quote for October 6, 2016

“Don’t ruin a good day today, because of a bad day yesterday.”

Human nature though isn’t it? Allowing whatever made yesterday a bad day to cling to us like a big ball of Velcro and stay with us into today! Going over and over in our mind about whatever or whoever made our day hell, thinking the same thoughts, what if we’d done this, or what if we’d done that……….? Think about it sensibly for a moment okay? This makes the present day hell too, and the day after that, and the day……. So, we’re going to take a deep breath, mentally agree to whatever it is being left where it belongs, i.e. yesterday, and get on with the day we’re in. Bye bye Velcro!


Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should & Must

"If you want to know Must, get to know Should. This is hard work. Really hard work. We unconsciously imprison ourselves to avoid our most primal fears. We choose Should because choosing Must is terrifying, incomprehensible. Our prison is constructed from a lifetime of Shoulds, the world of choices we have unwittingly agreed to, the walls that alienate us from our truest, most authentic selves. Should is the doorkeeper to Must. And just as you create your prison, you can set yourself free." Artist and designer Elle Luna shares more in an essay that struck a deep chord for readers around the globe.

How to Find Prejudice Hidden in Our Words

ByJenn Director Knudsen

The language we choose reflects our implicit biases—but according to a new study, mindfulness can help.

Language can reveal our hidden beliefs and biases, such as the assumption that men are stronger at science than women, or blondes are less intelligent than brunettes, or blacks are more violent than whites. And this insidious form of prejudice can be devastating: When young girls are called bossy, for example—a trend brought to the spotlight by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg—they’re discouraged from becoming leaders. But research indicates thatmindfulness may help counter implicit bias—and arecent studypublished in the journalMindfulnesssuggests it can do so for the hidden biases in our language. Researchers call this type of implicit bias “linguistic intergroup bias” (LIB). It means that individuals expect people in their “in-group” to behave positively and expect those in their “out-group” to behave negatively; in turn, they see these behavior…

Inspirational Quote for October 5, 2016

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.”

I guess we have all been guilty of this at some time or another, I know I have. Sometimes we are just too nice, too trusting, and too easily led. Over time, it may become a pattern and a way of life so that we just fall into going along with somebody else’s perception of how we should feel or react. Perhaps it’s time for a personal “wake up call” when we all take a moment to stop and think if this relates to someone in our lives? If so, time to take charge. Initially, It may not be easy to put this into practice but persevere, as once you’ve learned this lesson, you won’t need any revision in the future.


Zilong Wang: Medicine Journey

The quiet directness of Zilong Wang, his articulate, measured way of speaking and something so open about him makes an immediate impression. If one is around him very much at all, its impossible not to feel, in some measure, hope for our future. Because he was soon leaving on a solo bicycle pilgrimage across the U.S. and ultimately around the globe, I asked if we could record a conversation before he left. We met a couple of days later to talk, but first he handed me a lovely ink drawing his grandmother had done

Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

ByKira M. Newman

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.

When we think about spending our money wisely, we usually focus on getting the best value for the lowest price. We comparison shop and download apps to find the latest discounts and deals; we’re seduced by the daily special or the limited-time offer. But, for those of us lucky enough to have disposable income, what if we defined wise spending in terms of the happiness that it brings? That’s a completely different way of thinking about our purchases, and one that we have little practice in. “Most people don’t know the basic scientific facts about happiness—about what brings it and what sustains it—and so they don’t know how to use their money to acquire it,” write Elizabeth Dunn and her colleagues in a2011 study. Luckily, more than a decade of research has been investigating how different types of purchases affect our well-being, and it can help us turn spending in…