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Hi Everyone,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here 💙

During this time, we've been trying to put kindness, courage, enthusiasm, and hope in the front of our brains to crowd out all the other destructive thoughts we have. Every day is different, with some better than others, but we are trying to stay "Positopian" during all of these uncertain times.

Which, speaking of Positopian...Welcome to our latest edition!


To start off, here's some good news (kind of)... Did you know that in just 3 days, 2020 will be half over? 🙌Hehe 😊

We hope you all are doing well! If you have any positive resources or news to share, feel free to send it our way, we would love to share it in our next issue!

- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this edition of our monthly newsletter, The Positopian, where every month, we share positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

We all need to hear some good news —

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

For those who miss traveling, there was a great article of 13 Virtual Train Rides that you could take to remind you of the good times when we could all travel the world without worrying about social distancing. If you enjoy writing, these are fantastic to have on in the background to inspire you and help you relax. (access here!)
Stories of hope, friendship, and trust —

Boost your mental and physical health during the pandemic by volunteering virtually


By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Are you looking for a mental and physical boost during the pandemic? Try volunteering.

Adults over 50 who volunteer for about two hours per week have a substantially reduced risk of dying, higher levels of physical activity and an improved sense of well-being, a new study has found. And they develop fewer physical limitations than adults who don't volunteer.

 

Broadway's Robert Hartwell buys house built by slaves, vowing to "fill it with love"


BY CAITLIN O'KANE, CBS
 
Robert Hartwell, who has appeared in Broadway shows including "Hello, Dolly!" and "Motown the Musical," wrote a post on Instagram Thursday about a house he found three weeks ago. Hartwell said after seeing the house, which was built by slaves, he knew he wanted to buy it – but his buying power was underestimated.

Hartwell said the agent told him they were only accepting cash offers, and they assumed that "took him off the table" as a potential buyer. "Don't you ever underestimate a hard working black man," he wrote in the Instagram post. "I saw the house last week and when I walked in I knew I was home."

A 9-year-old and her friends have raised nearly $100,000 selling bracelets to help black-owned businesses


By Alaa Elassar, CNN
 
A group of friends with big dreams and even bigger hearts started a summer business that is helping black-owned businesses and neighborhoods in Minneapolis affected by the coronavirus pandemic and protests following the death of George Floyd.

Fueled by boredom and an itch for something new, 9-year-old Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends who live in neighboring Chanhassen decided to open a stand selling friendship bracelets.

After a lot thinking about where the money would end up going, the group agreed that the proceeds would be donated to businesses and food banks in Minneapolis.

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
~ John Joseph Powell

A fun thing coming out soon —
For those of you who are fans of Hamilton the Musical, BE EXCITED! Because it's coming out on Disney+ on July 3rd! This trailer gave us chills and made us smile!
Here's to a safe and happy month ahead!
If you want to see the past 20 issues of The Positopian, click here.

And if you know anyone else who wants more positivity in their life, invite them to join

Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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