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Hi Everyone,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

How is September here already? 2018 seems like it has been flying by!

We're so excited to share all the positive resources and findings we've come across lately! We always try to share with you the most recent content that's out there! And as much of it as possible!

Because we know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, we definitely recommend starting with skimming the newsletter first and then reading/watching more of what resonates with you after :) 

We know some people like to open this newsletter once a day too, picking just one article/quote/video to start the day off with. Then do the same the next day - and the next :)

But if you're like us, you'll probably binge on the whole thing in one sitting! We love to get as much positivity, love, and joy as possible :)

- 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 recommend for you to pick your favorite single quote here that you read and try and focus on it throughout the week).


"Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be." ~Warren Buffet 

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." ~B.B. King 


"Nothing will work unless you do." ~Maya Angelou 

"I learned the value of hard work by working hard." ~Margaret Mead


“Do not defer it. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.” ~Jane Austen

“Be the kind of person that you want to meet.” ~unknown

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu


“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” ~unknown


This Week's Positive Videos—

  • 4 Things We Must Realize About Happiness:

 
4 guests share their personal aha! moments about happiness with Oprah. 
 
  • How AI can save our humanity:

 
"In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity.
 
"AI is serendipity," Lee says. "It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human."
  • Optimism:

A poem read and imagined by Jane Hirshfield comes to life in this stop-motion video. 

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


This adorable article was written by a 10-Year Old Motivational Speaker, but the messages in it are timeless!
 
"A park, a garden or even a single tree can deliver a heavy dose of nature therapy into your life, as long as you bring a sense of purpose to the experience."
 
"Instrumentally, learning brings us new information and knowledge that can be useful for solving near-term stressful problems; it also equips us with new skills and capabilities to address or even prevent future stressors."
 
This is another new FREE online class offered through the prestigious University of California, Berkeley that you can audit.
We've mentioned in past newsletters how great their previous class was, The Science of Happiness which you can also still take for FREE as well.  (We recently came across a wonderful article called 13 Lessons to Make You Really, Truly Happy. Maybe. which summarized the points from the class very nicely too if you're just looking for a quick read.)

"For 30 years, Tom Trout's sign has been towering over I-95 near the University Blvd exit, but in what could be valuable advertising space, he sees it as a chance to lift up those driving by."

AND If you have a great message you want to see on the sign, you can submit it here. How cool, huh?
 
Which is better: Multi-tasking or Single-tasking?
 
This is an interesting short health article that describes the various ways stress can enter a person's life. It's always good to keep in mind what we need to avoid to better our bodies/minds!
 
"Want to know a secret? Even if you think you've never really "formally" meditated before, you might just be an expert meditator already."
 
A Conversation with Josh Radnor on Happiness...

People want to help you. You just have to ask.

Explore these five daily practices for bringing more mindfulness into your life.

"We’re distracted like never before — and our phones are probably the biggest culprit. But there is a way you can live with one and still get things done. Productivity expert Chris Bailey shares what worked for him."
 
"Join a club, take a detour – and buy a carafe: positive psychologists on how you can take the novelty and openness of your vacation and apply it to your daily routine."
 
"If you find yourself feeling stuck in negativity, try one of the following to shift your attention in a way that can help create positive momentum and a greater sense of well-being in your day."
 

Sci-Fi / Future— 

"Thanks to a cutting-edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes “on” and “off” almost as easily as Calyxt scientists flip a switch to illuminate the rows of tender soybean plants growing in their lab." "How we use technology can significantly impact our happiness."
"Sweden has a goal of achieving a complete fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030, so this electrified road is part of several projects the Swedish Transport Administration has created to develop and test technologies that may be able to help the country reach its target." "A small Swiss company is developing technology to suck carbon dioxide out of the air — and it just won $31 million in new investment." "When off, it's a full-length mirror. When on, see yourself, your instructor and your classmates in a sleek, interactive display, complete with embedded camera and speakers. All you need is the space of a yoga mat for a high-energy workout in any room in your home." "Medical scientists and engineers have come together to develop an artificial intelligence system designed to detect often-missed cancer tumors, thereby helping to boost patient survival rates." "Within the last decade, some of the most popular science fiction stories have been made for the small screen."  "The new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, is on her way to our television screens." "Studios has a new Firefly comic coming out this year that will be written by Greg Pak and drawn by Dan McDaid with Joss Whedon onboard as story consultant."

Something We've Been Pondering

 

We found this image online and thought it was so powerful, we wanted to share. The way we use failure can be to our advantage or it can weigh us down!

What We're Reading This Week—

Mandy:
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor

I recently picked up this book again because my husband had the chance to meet the author himself. I begged Jonathan to ask the author Shawn for his autograph and lo and behold, my hubby came home with a signed copy and this beautiful message: 

It's something we will definitely keep close to us and treasure forever!  
 
 

I love both the audiobook and the paperback version of this. Shawn has this fantastic sense of humor when talking about the subject and always includes really interesting research to back up his points. He really emphasizes that little things are much more important than we think they are, and when we are happy our brains are much more productive and engaged as a result. And the lessons don't just apply to the workplace, they can be used in relationships and goal setting and everyday life. 

My favorite quote from the book is,
“Each one of us is like that butterfly the Butterfly Effect. And each tiny move toward a more positive mindset can send ripples of positivity through our organizations our families and our communities.”
 

This was one of Tony Robbins first books that he wrote in his 20's and even though he was young, it chock full of incredible material that I found easy to incorporate into my own life almost immediately. One of my favorite sections was the one where he teaches you how to read a person's body language, specifically their eye-movement and whether they were making something up or trying to remember something. I conducted several tests on Mandy and was really able to see it in action!

The other parts of the book I really enjoyed were how to reprogram your brain after you've been stuck in a habit for so long. He teaches you how to break out of that pattern and change your behavior so you can build healthier habits.

This was the book that he created to complement his first live immersion experience called, "Unleash The Power Within" which Mandy and I went to earlier this year. It packs a punch and is now on my list of books to return to on a yearly basis to remind myself of how to become the best version of myself.

One good quote from the book is:
"All of the sensations that you want are available all of the time, and all you've got to do is tune into the right channel."

 

That’s it for now! 

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

P.S. *Whew!* We know that was a lot of positive findings for one newsletter...But if you're like us, always wanting to read even more positive articles, you can check out our publication on Medium!

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