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Hello Fellow Positopians!

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here :)

Happy December! Sorry for the brief hiatus in our newsletters! We spent some bereavement time away to reflect, think, and spend time with family, but we're starting our efforts back up again and thanks to all your love and encouragement in showing how much this newsletter means to you, it really means so much.

For those of you who knew my grandmother, you can watch a tribute movie here. We'll miss you, Popo! We'll love you forever and always keep you in our hearts! 

We're reading a book right now called Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. We've had a lot of time to explore this idea of "stillness" and in one of his chapters, Ryan says that if you want to capture the same joy and zest as Winston Churchill, there are certain traits that we need to cultivate:

  • Rise above our physical limitations.
  • Find hobbies that rest and replenish us.
  • Develop a reliable, disciplined routine.
  • Spend time getting active outdoors.
  • Seek out solitude and perspective.
  • Learn to sit–to do nothing when called for.
  • Get enough sleep and rein in our workaholism.
  • Commit to causes bigger than ourselves.

So as we go throughout this holiday season, let us find our own stillness amongst the craziness of life and remember the things bigger than ourselves.

- 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! 

A Positive Thought We're Pondering This Week—

There is one month left in this decade.
In. This. Decade.

Take the risk!

Positive People —

This Man Took Over 1,000 Children Of Fallen Soldiers To Disneyland Free Of Charge

By Andželika Jasevičiūtė, Bored Panda

Gary Sinise is both an actor and a musician you probably can recognize from movies such as Forrest Gump, The Green Mile and Apollo 13. However, thousands of people also know Sinise for his philanthropical work.
Positive Health —

A Brain Implant Gave This Blind Man Some Sense of Sight Again

After losing his eyesight in a car accident seven years ago, Jason Esterhuizen can now cross the street a little bit more safely on his own, thanks to a new device that was implanted in his brain.
Positive News —

What’s the Secret to a Lifetime of Happiness?

By Rob Dube, Forbes

I couldn't help but wonder what led to our personal views of happiness. What aspects of joy do we all have in common, and what sets us apart? Also, is there an easy way to find happiness for ourselves, especially if we feel like it lacks in our lives?

Perhaps that's why I was so drawn to Lisa Cypers Kamen and her pursuit of happiness.

"Love is energy: it can neither be created nor destroyed. It just is and always will be, giving meaning to life and direction to goodness... love will never die."
~ Bryce Courtney

What we're reading and practicing —

50 ways to be ridiculously generous — and feel ridiculously good.

By Alexandra Frazen

This is a great list, which we found recommended on the website of fellow Austinite Professor Raj Raghunathan, author of If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?. If overwhelmed by options, try this: give an extra $10 or $20 to the barista next time you buy coffee. Give $5 of that to the barista and pay for the next person or next few people behind you. Simply walk out after the drive-by karma bomb. The afterglow is incredible and can last hours.

Here's to a magical December!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew

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