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Hey Everyone,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! Hope you had a fantastic Gratitude Week! 🙌

For all you writers who participated in NaNoWriMo, congratulations, you DID it!! Now go rest and look upon the words you have written this past month!

For those in the US, hope you've enjoyed those great Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals on all your favorite items and remembered to get some gifts for others too! ;)

As we enter the last month of 2020, we are trying to stay thankful for all the good things (no matter how small) that have come out of this crazy, unexpected year. We find that when we focus on the things we are grateful for, it helps us train our brains to notice things we would have missed otherwise. Goodness, positivity, and hope are always there, sometimes you just have to look at life in a different way!

Thank you, as always, for being our Positopian warriors ❤️ Continue spreading joy to all!


- 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! 

“Take responsibility of your own happiness,
never put it in other people’s hands.”

— Roy T. Bennett

Standing on the shoulders of giants —

If you want to be successful, adopt these 5 traits of above average people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates


Written by Tom Popomaronis, Contributor, CNBC

What does it take to not only have millions and millions of dollars in the bank, but to also be hugely admired by the public?

For starters, there are some unique traits and characteristics you need to master. Some of the most important ones can be identified through high achievers who have actually made it to the top.

Here are just a few from above average entrepreneurs, from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to media mogul Oprah Winfrey to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

How entrepreneurs can find focus in a world of chaos and distraction


Written by Barnaby, Time Etc

The world has never, in living memory, been this chaotic. It’s not only what's going on in the world that we have to contend with, but rolling news and social media delivering us the highlights 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Then there are the tech giants whose success relies on creating optimal distractions. Their business is to, quite literally, grab our attention and steal our precious time.

There are mostly cons to being 'always on’. According to a study by the University of California, Irvine, people who are interrupted regularly actually perform faster (most likely because we learn to adapt and expect interruptions). But this has a high cost: people who are interrupted regularly also experience a higher workload, more stress, higher frustration, more time pressure, and have to put in more effort.
Watch this Holocaust Survivor break 20 Years of Silence to tell people that the spirit never dies and we all have an inner strength that we can lean on during hard times. "No one can take away from you what you put in your own mind."
Stories of Hope —

Safety First! Man Opens Up His Home to 300 Dogs, Sheltering Them from Hurricane Delta


By Maria Pasquini, People Magazine
 
"What’s beautiful is to see them happy, healthy and safe, without wounds and with the possibility of being adopted," said Ricardo Pimentel.

Chris Nikic is the first ironman finisher with Down Syndrome


By JENNY MCCOY, RunnersWorld
 
Chris Nikic knows what he wants in life. 'My dream is to buy my own house, buy my own car, [and] get a smoking hot blonde wife from Minnesota,' the 21-year-old tells Runner’s World.

But Chris, who has Down syndrome, realises this reality won’t be handed to him. 'My dad says if you sit on the couch and play video games, you’ll never get your dreams,' he says. So instead, the Maitland, Florida, resident is doing the exact opposite by training for an Ironman-distance triathlon, which is widely considered one of the most brutal athletic events on the planet.

NASA telescope uncovers definitive evidence of water on the moon


By Jackson Ryan, CNET
 
A telescope in the back of a 747 finally puts to rest a longstanding question about lunar water.

"Water on the surface of the moon can be used for several very important things, such as sustaining astronauts, creating oxygen and hydrogen for rocket fuel or power generation, or conducting horticulture experiments," says Craig Lindley, a computational modeling expert at Australia's science agency, CSIRO, developing technology to map the moon's water ice.

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
— Roy T. Bennett

This series of videos where 100 kids are asked a question are HILARIOUS and brought us so much joy to watch! We hope you enjoy them too! :)

[Thank you to Dave D. for forwarding us this link! 🙏]
Here's to a safe and happy month ahead!
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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