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Hi Everyone,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

Today we are celebrating 4th of July with fireworks, friends, and fun! We hope your day is also filled with happiness, freedom, and love!

As always, thanks for reading!  We're so excited to share with you as many positive resources as possible!  We know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, so we definitely recommend starting with skimming the newsletter first and then reading/watching more of what resonates with you after :)

- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this week’s edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, The Positopian, where every few weeks, we share the most recently published positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 


Quotes We're Pondering This Week—

(We like to find a lot of these, so we recommend for you to pick your favorite single quote here that you read and try and focus on it throughout the week).

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~Nelson Mandela

"The time is always right to do right." ~Tim Cook

"If there is any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass the way again.” ~William Penn


"A winner is a loser who tried one more time." ~unknown

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." ~Napoleon Bonaparte

"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." ~Les Brown

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” ~Stephen Covey


"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." ~Albert Schweitzer

"It is not the decision you make that is most important; it is the degree of commitment with which you make the decision." ~Bo Bartlett


"Trust the inner voice that speaks with love and shut out the inner voice that speaks with hate." ~unknown 


This Week's Positive Videos—


 
Recorded live at 42 Acres, Londn, Sir Anthony Seldon: Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham and co-founder of Action for Happiness, explores ideas on happiness and how to live meaningful life in the modern age.
 
  • This is Water - Commencement Speech by David Foster Wallace 

 
In honor of those who have just recently graduated, here is some amazing advice for life...
 

This Week’s Positive Resources, News, and Insights—

 
“Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?”

"It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, the people we share DNA with and/or the people we spend a lot of time with...Here’s advice from seven TED speakers to help bridge some of them."


 
"The curriculum involves a 'Happiness' period of 45 minutes for all students up to class 8 in Delhi government schools. Each class will begin with a five minute meditation practice."
 

"There’s no time to take care of your self, or to manage those emotional storms that work can create. Or so you think..."

 
"How do we find more joy in our life? Like anything else, it takes practice to cultivate ongoing happiness. In a sense, we have to reset our baseline. It won't happen overnight, but here are the top 20 things you can do every day to discover the secrets of being happier."

 
Four takeaways from Jannell MacAulay's TEDx Talk.

 
"I've seen that there are powerful beginning steps we all can engage in to help us feel more empowered and hopeful so we can turn our negative situations around."

 
“I think one meditation will change your day.
I think more will change your life.”


 
"Researchers spent a year developing a novel stress-measurement strategy. The technique uses the heartbeat irregularities to assess stress levels in the brain. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, found long-term meditation can induce permanent physiological changes."
 

What We're Watching

 

Words can't express how much we absolutely adore this "forking" good show!  The premise is really cute: The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives go once they pass away. Eleanor Shellstrop, played by the talented Kristen Bell, gets into The Good Place on a clerical error and has to try and fit in and learn to be good, even though she wasn't exactly the greatest person before on Earth.  There's tons of ethics, philosophy, and fun! Both Season 1 and Season 2 are amazingly heart-warming and hysterical. We are already marking our calendar for the start of Season 3.
 

I, Jonathan, had never seen this movie before but had always heard people reference it. I think in the span of 1 week, this past month, I heard 3 different references saying, "Not to seem Pollyanna, but..." and they would continue to say something really nice or good. And I wondered to myself, "What the heck is wrong with Pollyanna? Is she too perfect? Is she too nice?" So, of course, my curiosity was piqued and so that weekend I HAD to watch it. And I think it's now become such a colloquial phrase associated with not being authentic or true, but after having seen the movie, I think that Pollyanna is actually super authentic and true in her approach to constant positivity vs. someone like Annie. Anyway, I really enjoyed this film, and if anyone is looking for some good old fashioned uplifting values, you should watch this. I literally cried multiple times and said, "They just don't make movies like this anymore!"
 

Sci-Fi / Future— 

"A mechatronics engineering student has invented a “mobile airbag” that automatically deploys when you drop a device, protecting it from harm."
"On June 27th, the JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) spacecraft Hayabusa 2 successfully rendezvoused with its target, the diamond-shaped asteroid 162173 Ryugu. The spacecraft launched on December 3rd, 2014, and has spent the last three and a half years en route. The spacecraft is now just 20 kilometers away from Ryugu." "This win could be considered a major upset for The Orville, a first season series, having won over long-running series Doctor Who, which said goodbye to star Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat this season, and The X-Files, which was likely in its final season." Stuntronics are autonomous, self-correcting aerial performers that make on-the-go corrections to nail high-flying stunts every time. Basically robotic stuntpeople, hence the name.

All we can say is... beware of fake news! Verify your source of information. AI and Machine Learning is capable of so much these days!

We found this BEAUTIFUL awesome painting done by Ward Shelley and are considering buying it and putting it up on our wall. If you love science fiction, it's fun to just see all the cool, crazy references you might just be familiar with OR ones that you could go out and read or watch. It's chock full of detail and fantastic allusions to things that make up the wonderful history of sci-fi.

 

A Thought We've Been Pondering

Napoleon Hill once said these 12 things were "The 12 RIches of Life."

1. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
2. Sound physical health
3. Harmony in human relationships
4. Freedom from fear
5. The hope of achievement
6. The capacity for faith
7. A willingness to share one's blessings
8. A labour of love
9. An open mind on all subjects
10. Self-discipline
11. The capacity to understand people
12. Economic security


In a recent article written for Forbes, Henry DeVries mentions, "The most interesting thing about the list of 12 riches: only one has to do with money or finances, and it comes in at number 12."

We can't help but agree with this statement and that age-old saying, "money doesn't buy happiness." The only thing that can make us happy is us. 
 

What We're Reading This Week—

Mandy:

 

I recently came across a great article series that dives into each of the seven habits laid out in Stephen Covey's book.  It reminded me of when I was working at a company that did the same thing. Each week we would all meet as an office and discuss one of the habits before we dove into our usual work. It's a great book to discuss with others, or focus on a habit for a specific amount of time, be it a day or week or month. 
My favorite quote of all time can be found in this book: “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” 

 
Jonathan:
Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
 

 
This is such a cute book. It was a recommendation from my boss at work. If you ever read The Jolly Postman as a child, then this is the adult version of that! It has some fun envelopes that you open and the story is unfolded through a beautiful postcard exchange between, as you would guess, Griffin & Sabine. It's a great love story and there's now around 4 main books in the storyline and a few additional books the complement them. I think the author started it back in 1991 and only recently finished the last book in 2016. So it's quite a journey! It's also a really fun way to tell a story! Loved reading them.

 

That’s it for now! 

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

P.S.  If you want even more positive articles and resources, check out our publication on Medium. 

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