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Hiya Positopians,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here!

September is ending and Fall has kicked in! We love seeing all the pumpkin-flavored items in the stores and can't wait for holidays with loved ones to begin soon!

We know life is getting busier, with things opening back up, and the world planning more and more events, it's hard to find time to relax and/or just breathe. Jonathan's aunt recently visited and she shared a great piece of advice from meditation master, Mingyur Rinpoche, which would help in this very case: "Short time, Many Times."

If you even just have 5 minutes somewhere in between meetings, on the way to the next event, or while getting ready in the morning, take a short period to just focus on your breath, to calm your mind, or pause - and do this many times throughout the day, you'll find that the effect will last longer and longer - the frustrations and agitations will go away.

The path of life is full of thorns and pebbles, but even just walking the path one step at a time, 5 minutes at a time, you'll still be making progress down the path. Taking time to pause and breathe short time, many times throughout the day will give you the shoes to walk the path without getting pricked, hurt, or stuck.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America, says that we need to make sure we constantly "check-up from the neck up" since mental health is something we often neglect.

We hope you take some time to pause and reflect at sometime, hopefully many times, today and this entire next month!

- 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! 

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
~Chad Sugg

Forgive your younger self. Believe in your current self. Create your future self.

Inspiring People —

Hotel bellboy left fortune by wealthy guest never has to work again thanks to life-changing gift

Written by Marita Moloney, Irish Mirror

Working as a bellboy since 1990, he had known Courtney for many years and always tried to make him feel welcome and part of the family.

California: mother fights off mountain lion with bare hands to save 5-year-old son

Written by Associated Press, The Guardian

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” Foy said. The mother was inside the house when she heard a commotion outside.

You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you.
~Zig Ziglar

Inspiring Discoveries —

FDA Approves First Human Trial for Potential CRISPR-Led HIV Cure

Written by Vanessa Doctor, RN, BioSpace

CRISPR's "genetic scissors," which is what Drs Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2020, would prevent the need for patients to take virus suppressant drugs to prevent HIV from developing into AIDS. 

This is the whitest paint on Earth and it could eliminate need for air conditioning

Written by Travis Pittman, Nation World

The paint reflects 98.1% of solar radiation while also emitting infrared heat.

“We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.”

Positive Tips —

Avoid these 5 phrases that make you sound passive aggressive—here’s how successful people communicate

Written by Erica Dhawan, CNBC

For better or worse, digital communication, whether it’s through email or direct messages on platforms like Slack, don’t let us see each other’s immediate reactions — which is why we look for ways to “politely” express irritation. The key word is “politely,” but it isn’t always interpreted that way.

A neuroscientist shares the 6 exercises she does every day to build resilience and mental strength

Written by Wendy Suzuki, CNBC

The most powerful way to combat anxiety is to consistently work on building your resilience and mental strength. Along the way, you'll learn to appreciate or even welcome certain kinds of mistakes for all the new information they bring you.

Jeff Bezos: People who are ‘right a lot’ make decisions differently than everyone else—here’s how

Written by Jeff Haden, CNBC

Bezos went on to explain that the smartest people he’s observed were always “revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking,”

"Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there."
~ J.R. Ward

A little more joy —

Nike closes offices for a week to give employees a mental health break

Written by Devon Haskins, KGW News

Matt Marrazzo, a senior manager at Nike, posted on his LinkedIn page: “It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team ... It’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done.”

"Do not be surprised how quickly the universe aligns once you decide that you deserve everything you want"
~ Neven

Here's to a safe and happy year as we continue on!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
~Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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