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Inspirational Quote – July 22, 2017

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Now who wouldn’t want to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud? Not me! This tells me that the people I encounter every day, whether family, friend, colleague or just a stranger I exchange a smile or a few words with in passing, may be having a “cloudy” day. By this I don’t necessarily mean weather wise but rather that they might not be having the best day of their lives for whatever reason. If this is the case, when recalling their day at bedtime, wouldn’t it be nice if they fell asleep with a smile on their lips just because you or I became their very own rainbow for a brief moment in their cloudy day?

Gardens & the Art of Delayed Gratification

Alanda Greene grew up having spent time nurturing a deep connection with nature through gardening -- planting seeds and watching them grow. She remarks that even now, "no matter how many times I plant seeds, these small, hard beads of potential, I am thrilled when the signs of growth emerge. It is as if I never really believed it would happen this time. Seems just too improbable that those tiny pieces would transform as they do...Without an understanding of delayed gratification, the connection between the green leaves emerging to the seeds that went into the ground might never happen." Here, she shares the valuable lessons of surrender, patience, and faith that gardening and the practice of delaying gratification impart.

Why Do Your Happy Memories Fade?

According to a new study, people overestimate how much they’ll recall from a good time in their life—but there's a way to boost your memory.BY JULIE RIGGOTT

“We’ll always have Paris.” Or will we? A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates that hoping for lifelong memories of a happy time might only be wishful thinking. While it’s common to anticipate the joys of looking back on something as special as a romantic trip to Paris, for instance, the study finds that we often overestimate how much we will actually think of, or talk about, these pleasant memories. Indeed, it suggests that the more people expect to remember, the higher their overestimation will be. Darn those distractions! Part of the problem is that we forget to remember. We think we will remember this experience forever—but don’t factor in the distractions of everyday life, which render that fond memory harder and harder to access. Stephanie Tully, assistant professor of marketing at …

Inspirational Quote – July 21, 2017

“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?”

We’re all guilty, at one time or another, of speaking or commenting without firstly engaging our brain first aren’t we? I’m sure I’m not alone in this. It would really serve us well to think carefully before allowing what is in our head to pass our lips because once it’s said, it can’t be unsaid. No matter how much you protest and try to explain you didn’t mean it, it came out all wrong, they’ve taken it the wrong way, etc. etc., it’s out there and could have consequences or repercussions that may reverberate down the tunnel of time. So, my friends, the next time you are tempted to let it “all out”, ask yourself the above three questions first….. If the answer is no, keep it zipped so to speak or rather, don’t speak!

Joserra Gonzalez: A Re-Love-Ution Blooms in Spain

"We are at the verge of many changes, and if we stay together in this journey, we can really face this big current which is taking us in a direction we don't know" Joserra's first question was "How can I serve?" He soon found the answers to why humans suffer and how to lessen our own suffering and that of those around us. From spending two years working in the slums of Ahmedabad, India to becoming a pilgrim, Joserra shares his inspiring journey towards living a free life, one which brings peace and harmony to earth. With conviction he strives to lead a life in alignment with his values. A life which involves experiments living on gift and organizing a community through Karma Kitchen and Awakin Circles. Check out some more about his journey towards the Re-love-ution!

How to Deal with Social Awkwardness

Psychologist Ty Tashiro explains why some people are more socially awkward and how they can use their strengths to connect with others.BY JILL SUTTIE

Many of us have experienced awkward moments, where we don’t understand a particular social situation and put our foot in our mouths. While these social faux pas are certainly unpleasant, they don’t necessarily impact our social relationships too much. But for some people, awkwardness can be a way of life, punctuated by regular experiences of painful misunderstandings that lead to social exclusion. This not only hurts them, but can be hard for their colleagues and loved ones. For those who suffer from awkwardness—or know someone who does—look no further than psychologist Ty Tashiro’s recently published book, Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome. In his book, Tashiro explains some of the neuroscience behind how awkward people see the world and why they tend to miss important social cues. His book not only …

Inspirational Quote – July 20, 2017

”Spirituality is a personal relationship with the Divine. Religion is crowd control.”

I only came across this quote recently and I must admit it did strike a chord. It really made me think more deeply about Spirituality and Religion. I have always believed that there is “something”, a higher power if you like, that inspires and challenges us all. However, I also believe that we are all entitled to our own individual, personal belief, which should be respected by everybody who knows us. To me that is Spirituality. On the other hand, I have found “Religion” to be the result of somebody else’s interpretation of how we should behave and think, and does not tolerate (however much it professes to) any deviation from its teaching. I dislike the hypocrisy involved. I will continue to live my life as spiritually as I can, as individually as I can, but that’s just me, what about you?

One Sapling at a Time

In Bikaner, Rajasthan, northern India the landscape is mostly desert, making it a challenge to grow fruit bearing trees and other plants. In 2003, Professor Shyam Sundar Jyani and his students began working on some local neem trees, which were struggling. From this work, Shyam went on to found Familial Forestry in 2006, an organization that donates saplings of fruit bearing trees to villagers with the idea to 'treat the tree as a family member.' These trees provide shade to the families, food for them and for their livestock, and the seeds from the fruit can be used to grow more trees. To date, over 625,000 saplings have been planted in over 2,500 villages, utilizing a type of grafting that increase fruit yield and allows the trees to flourish with little more than natural rain water. Shyam was awarded for his exemplary services towards nature conservation by the President of India in 2012.…

Four Reasons Why Endings Can Make You Happier

New research suggests that anticipating the end of a good experience is an effective—but counterintuitive—way to enjoy it more.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

A last bite, a last chapter, a last meeting, a last kiss—every day, good things in our lives come to an end. Endings are sad, but they also seem to have a clarifying effect, one that often highlights the good. Now, research is exploring just how powerful endings can be for our well-being. It suggests that by simply imagining that things are coming to an end—a stage of our lives, our time in a certain place, a relationship—we may be able to better appreciate them before real endings loom.  In a 2017 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, Kristin Layous and her colleagues recruited nearly 140 college freshmen for a peculiar month-long experiment. Half of them were instructed to live that month as if it were their last in their college town, paying attention to the special people and places they would miss when they left. The other …

Inspirational Quote – July 19, 2017

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”

This really resonates with me on a personal level. When I find that I am beginning to feel overloaded with whatever is going on in my life, the only thing that always invigorates and restores me, is either a nice amble in the countryside or, even better, time spent at the seashore. Fortunately, we live only a 10 minute walk away from the sea so how great is that? I believe that nothing can restore the human spirit more than spending time in the great outdoors, away from houses, cars, crowds, etc. Our spirit thrives on being “free” from the restraints of modern life and takes on new life and vigor from being allowed to commune with the very basics necessary to sustain life.

Neema Village: A Place of Hope

In Tanzania, East Africa, a baby rescue center called Neema Village has saved over 100 abandoned, orphaned, and at-risk infants in just 5 years. The list is long of places the infants have been found -- by the roadside, in a yard, a gravel pit, a hotel, a latrine... Mostly they are the babies of mothers who have died or were unable to care for them. Doris Fortson, co-founder of Neema Village says, "My husband and I were moved to do something about it for many reasons, including that we were retired and that I had been raised in an orphanage from age four to 18." "You're never too old to make a difference," she adds.

Three Ways to Inspire Kids to Share

New research provides insight into what matters to kids when they decide to give.BY MARYAM ABDULLAH

I recently stumbled upon a reinvention of one of my favorite childhood candies, the fruit chew. Eating one, I am eight years old again. I remember keeping all the cherry and strawberry squares for myself and sharing the less-desirable lemon and orange squares with my sisters—if I shared at all. Could my parents have done anything to encourage me to be more generous? New research says yes. When are children more likely to share? Kids are more likely to share in certain conditions, suggests a recent study—using fruit chews!—of four- to nine-year-olds by Katherine McAuliffe and colleagues. They found, first of all, that environment matters—in other words, children’s behavior is shaped by what other people are saying or doing. If kids in the study heard suggestions to be generous, they’d give more of their fruit chews to other kids. If they heard suggestions to be selfish, they tended to keep m…