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Hello Positopians,

Mandy and Jonathan here!

We hope you've had a good year 😊We can't believe it's already nearing the end of 2021!

While the holidays always bring a sense of joy, warmth, and cherished memories, we also wanted to share a powerful message we recently came across:

"You’re going to come in contact with an awful lot of people who are at their absolute breaking point this season. Friends, family, co-workers, teachers, strangers in the grocery store, retail workers.

While it may be the merriest time of the year for some, it’s the saddest, loneliest, most stressful, most heartbreaking for so many others.

We’re all busy, but we’re not too busy to be kind, caring and patient. Remember the best thing you can give someone right now is love."

~Amy Weatherly


We hope that as this year ends and another begins, a sense of love defines our actions. John Watson once said, "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

May everyone find new adventures this holiday season and opportunities in the new year! Thank you for being our amazing Positopians! 🎉

- 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! 

"Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay.  Rather, it is knowing that you will be okay no matter how things turn out. ~unknown

“Don't be afraid to start over again, you're not starting from scratch, you're starting from EXPERIENCE” ~unknown

35 Pictures From 2021 That Make Me Grin Uncontrollably No Matter How Many Times I've Seen Them

Written by Dave Stopera, BuzzFeed

2021 wasn't always terrible. Just remember...

“People are not lazy. They simply have goals that do not inspire them.”
~Tony Robbins

How to Practice Self-Care During the Frenetic Holiday Season

Written by Naomi Barr, Martha Stewart

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most frazzling—even in non-pandemic times. To help you enjoy this month to the fullest, we asked experts for scientifically proven ways to stay healthy (eat your prebiotics) and happy (let go of perfection!).

Implement these eight ideas now, and thank yourself later.

“So, if you are too tired to speak, sit next to me, because I, too, am fluent in silence." ~R. Arnold 

Thousands of People Donate Over $1 Million for Man Who Was Exonerated After 43 Years in Prison

Written by Joe Price, Complex

62-year-old Missouri man Kevin Strickland was exonerated this week after spending over 43 years in prison, and just days after his release he’s set to become a millionaire.

“How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great."
~Bill Bennot


Felix Klieser is an armless, world-class French horn player who plays with his toes. Truly inspirational!

Japanese scientists develop glowing masks to detect coronavirus

The Mainichi

A team of scientists at a university in western Japan has developed masks that glow when exposed to ultraviolet light if they contain traces of the coronavirus, using antibodies extracted from ostrich eggs.

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~Dalai Lama

Unconscious Mom Saved by Heroic 3-Year-Old Who Learned to Call Police From Cartoon

Written By Anabelle Doliner, Newsweek

A three-year-old boy from West Midlands, U.K. dialed police after his mom fell unconscious earlier this month, having picked up the skill from an unlikely source: a YouTube cartoon. The heroic toddler's impressive abilities, especially in a time of crisis, underscores the life-saving potential of teaching children how to handle emergencies from a young age.

104 year-old woman learns to read and write

Written by Victoria Pressler, The Good News Hub

When she reached the age of 103 Kuttiyamma was given the opportunity to learn. Watching her great grandchildren reading and writing gave her the inspiration.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

~Neil Gaiman

Here's to a safe and wonderful end of the year as we continue on!
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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