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Hi Everyone,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! We hope you are all doing well!

We have been doing a lot of awareness exercises as a way to center ourselves and access tranquility no matter what the days may bring. 

One of our favorites involves closing our eyes and taking in all the sensory details of a moment (other than sight)❗️

If we were to step outside to try, it might look something like this (you can also do this in your living room or bedroom at home):

1️⃣ I can hear the sound of a gentle wind swirling through the air.
2️⃣ I can feel the warm grass beneath my toes. 
3️⃣ I can smell the salt in the air from the beach and almost taste it on my tongue.
4️⃣ Then after a few minutes of focusing on these things, I open my eyes and can really see so much more around me outside because I first used my other senses.

It's fun to perform the exercise both in calming places we love and ordinary spaces too. We are finding that we notice so much more about the world around us when we reflect on more than just the sense of sight at first. It's a great way to both calm any anxiety and also just appreciate the places we love even more. 

We invite you to give it a try too in case it can act as a quick trick to happiness like it often does for us. 😊


❤️


- 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! 

“It’s okay if you fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them.”
— Gabriel Iglesias

Stories of hope and courage —

25 Universal Things That Make Everyone Happy


By Lauren Mazzo , Shape.com

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is having worldwide repercussions. Whether you're social distancing for the good of your community, manning the front lines of healthcare, or performing another essential service, remember: We're all in this together.

(Thanks to our Aunt Jil for sharing this with us!)

Why Smart, Successful People Don’t Value Happiness Enough


By ANNE FISHER, Fortune Magazine
 
If you're asked to subscribe to Fortune + you're on a Mac or iPhone, just click the "Reader View" button in your Safari browser and it should bring up the full article :)

Suppose a magic genie appeared on your desk right now and offered to grant you three wishes. What would you ask for? With smarty-pants answers like “I wish for an infinite number of future wishes” ruled out, the thousands of research subjects who have taken this simple quiz have mostly come up with the answers you’d expect, like wealth, fame, health, true love, career success, and power.

God Is Change: Transformation and the Trans Experience in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


By Hannah Abigail Clarke, Tor.com
 
"In this period of prolonged enclosure, I have been thinking about hope and apocalyptic bugs. While the calendar’s been melting, I’ve been crawling into childhood movies to pass the time, particularly the pre-Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki 1984 film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind."

Nausicaä’s world is hopeful, but that hope is bracketed by compoundingly bleak circumstance.

Difficult to swallow hope lies in the raw potential of compassion, research, cooperation, and a cosmic sort of transness.

Ecuadorian spouses break record as the world's oldest married couple


By The Associated Press, NBC News
 
Julio Mora, 110, and Waldramina Quinteros, 104, of Ecuador, have secured the title of the oldest married couple, according to Guinness World Records.

QUITO, Ecuador — Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly marry Waldramina Quinteros one February day. Both families disapproved.

Seventy-nine years later, they’re still together — he at 110 years of age, and she at 104, both lucid and both in good health, though relatives say they’re a little depressed because they miss their big family get-togethers due to the pandemic.

Italian couple ‘Romeo and Juliet’ met from their balconies during lockdown. Now they’re engaged.


By Sydney Page, Washington Post
 
An Italian couple has become known as the “Romeo and Juliet” of the coronavirus lockdown.

In true Shakespearean style, their romantic story began on their respective balconies this year while Italians were forced to sequester in their homes because of the pandemic. It was in Verona — the same city “Romeo and Juliet” took place.
Thanks to our awesome cousin Sto for sharing this great comic with us! 🙌

What you did yesterday got us to today! 
The past informs every decision a human makes. 


~ Anonymous

Take some time to breathe —
If you need some great messages and beautiful watercolor, check out this Instagram account that we discovered from user @swatercolour
Here's to a safe and happy month ahead!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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