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Hi Everyone,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

We hope you're having a great July :) We can't believe 2018 is already more than halfway over. This year is flying by!

As always, thanks for reading! 

We're SO excited to share the positive resources and findings we've recently come across!  We know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, so 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 just can't get enough positivity, love, and joy!!!

- 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 like to find a lot of these, so we recommend for you to pick your favorite single quote here that you read and try and focus on it throughout the week).

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." ~Warren Buffett.

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ~Lao Tzu

"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be.” ~Danielle Laporte 


“The road to success is always under construction.” ~Lily Tomlin

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~Chuck Palahniuk


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison

“Living well is the best revenge.” ~George Herbert

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~Aristotle

“As a culture, we are obsessed with the pursuit of happiness, and yet in the process, we kind of overlook joy.” ~Ingrid Fetell Lee 

“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” ~William James


“Where there's pain, there's still feeling and where there's feeling, there's hope.” ~Nicholas Evans, The Horse Whisperer

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” ~Maya Angelou 

"Success is not a function of the size of your title but the richness of your contribution." ~Robin S. Sharma 

“The whole world is a series of miracles...but we’re so used to them that we call them ordinary things.” ~unknown


This Week's Positive Videos—


 
The 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks paid tribute to the Navy SEAL who lost his life during the rescue operation.
 

 

 
Study finds engaging young children in conversation is more important for brain development than “dumping words” on them.
 

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

 
In this interview, you can listen to Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos talk about the psychology of happiness and what "the good life" really means. 
 
"Your level of happiness isn’t set in stone. So when Dan Buettner, author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, learned that there are entire countries where the average happiness level was skyrocketing (we’re looking at you, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland, according to the 2018 World Happiness Report), he decided to travel to them to discover their tricks."

Remember that what we teach others, we teach ourselves. Imagine, then, the benefits of being an inspiration to your children! It is a win-win in that what you give, you will receive.
 
"How do you build a team where people’s best thinking can emerge? Here are seven ways you can change the way you lead and inspire your team."
 
"I’m going to give you 9 easy techniques to do. If you’re really busy, try 5 of them. If you’re a competitive high achiever—and probably very busy—go ahead and try all 9 of them."
 
"A lot of amputees are the only amputee around," says Jami Marseilles, an Arizona native who lost both of her legs after getting lost in the White Mountains. She is world's first double amputee to complete a full marathon. "When you come to the conference you meet so many other people missing limbs and nobody cares. Everybody just wants to delve into information, and ask questions. It's really an incredible resource, a source for education,  and providing opportunities for people who might not have as much where they come from."

"Through the introspective act of writing a daily journal entry, you'll find that you're able to connect with yourself on a much deeper level."
 
We still don’t know what an emotion is...
 
Starting your morning by focusing on the stress to come may harm your mindset throughout the day, according to a new study.
 
"Instead of screaming or crying, the group was sitting quietly in the dark, meditating."
 
"Chronic stress can have a long-term, negative impact on both your mental and physical health, but a part from that, stress a totally normal and expected part of the human experience. Most of the time, we can prepare for stressful situations in our lives in advance, but sometimes stress can show up for no apparent reason — and it makes it way more difficult to cope. Unexpected sources of stress, according to experts, are everywhere — but doing a little prep can make it way easier to handle."
 
"The idea itself is simple: Set an alarm every day (mine goes off at 8 p.m., but you can set yours for whatever time works best for you), and state what you're thankful for, whether it's a good day at work, or quality time spent with people you love. Personally, I find it more helpful to say it aloud, but you can write your thoughts down on paper, or even in a notes app on your phone — whatever feels most comfortable for you. Overall, the exercise is simply about finding something to be grateful for amidst the chaos and stress of your daily routine."
 
To better cope with stress, consider how you might minimize factors that make it worse. Here are some tips that can help you better manage stress and hopefully prevent some of the damaging effects it could have on your brain.

 
"Nothing outside of you will change that state. It starts with an inner journey of self-love."
 
"It seems we sense that Mister Rogers, whom we used to know so well, who used to seem to know us so well, may have something to say to us in our divided, contentious, often-painful cultural and political climate. Here are some of Mister Rogers’ teachings that could help us weather today’s ups and downs..."
 

What We're Watching

 

This is a really inspiring documentary that just came to theaters about a man who wanted to make the world a better place. Fred Rogers, the creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, really had an amazing vision that he brought to life over 30+ seasons of his show. The message to love your neighbor and to love yourself is so powerful, that by the end of the documentary we were balling our eyes out. We really wish we had watched more of his show as kids, but now we are taking some time to watch his show as adults! The messages are always universal and relevant, even so, many years later.

Two other really inspiring Mr. Rogers videos are his Senate Testimony (which earned $20million dollars in further funding at PBS for his children's programming) and his moving speech during his induction into the TV Hall of Fame.
 

Sci-Fi / Future— 

Whedon will serve as showrunner, and sounds enthused to get back into TV. “I honestly couldn’t be more excited,” he said. “The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive.”
For the first time in human history, we are going to "touch the sun" Astronomers have discovered 12 more moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total to 79. Scientists report that they have discovered a way to tweak genes in the body’s immune cells by using electrical fields. What if plants could do more than stretch? What if they could move like animals, independent of their roots? Evolution hasn’t got there yet, but as it turns out, humans can help. Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back.

This is incredible. A drone that can change its shape while still flying? We're definitely living in the future now!
 

A Thought We've Been Pondering

We've recently come across an acronym for HOPE that we really like: Hold On Pain Ends. 

What a great reminder that pain ends, but Hope doesn't have to!
 

What We're Reading This Week—

Mandy:

 

It's always fun to read other people's favorite quotes since both Jonathan and I love to find them ourselves.  I love having coffe table books to have around and open with just reading a page or two. 
 

 
I recently started looking into how our hearts and brains and bodies are connected. I've been trying to get more into meditation and calming my brain down and someone recommended I take a look at this book. It's been really enlightening to see how much we forget that our hearts actually are the main intelligence and driver of our feelings and emotions and not our brains. If we can get our heart in sync and into alignment, then our mind and thoughts will fall into line too.
 

That’s it for now! 

If you want to see past 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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