Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

We just got back from traveling to Japan! It was a wonderful trip well-worth the jet lag! It was so great catching up with family in Okinawa. We loved it so much that we think we may start learning Japanese and maybe even volunteer for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo :P Who knows? One can dream right? It was a fantastic adventure where we learned so much more about the Japanese culture and took away from great things that we could immediately start implementing in our own lives.

As always, thanks for reading!  We are so excited to share with you as many positive resources as possible!  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 :)


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 positive 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).

“While infused with love you see fewer distinctions between you and others.“ ~Barbara Fredrickson 

"Sometimes you've taken into troubled waters not to drown but to be cleansed." ~unknown

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” ~Good Will Hunting

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”  ~Oscar Wilde

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ~Zig Ziglar

"Rewrite your tale of woe as a tale of wow." ~Karen Salmansohn

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” ~Steve Maraboli

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ~Roy T. Bennett

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~Confucius

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” ~Lou Holtz

From Our Lives—

  • We just traveled to Japan and loved the sights (and tastes) so much!

  • We went to a pop-up experience in downtown Los Angeles called The Happy Place.

This Week’s Positive Videos—

  • Are You Setting Yourself Up To Win? | Will Smith and Jim Kwik:
  • Thousands Of ‘Buddy Benches’ Help Thousands Of Lonely Kids Find Friends:

This Week’s Positive Resources and Insights—

The Science of Well-Being is now being offered online for free from Yale University.  The course dives deep into what really makes us happy, various strategies to apply, and misconceptions that lead us to think the way we do.

"The purpose of mindful education is to inculcate consciousness in each child, so that they are aware of their feelings, their environment and their responsibilities. It enables us to be empathetic and more productive."
Dude. Be Nice. is an ethical clothing company that also shares videos/posts that embody the spirit of the world they want to create.
This is an opinion piece that talks about how, in the words of entrepreneur Gary Vanyerchuk, we can “make positivity louder.” 
“In uncluttering, uncovering, and fulfilling the Self, we may find the greatest actualization of our selves--and our greatest happiness.”
This is the instagram account of a paralyzed cat who was adopted by a medical student.  She inspires her owner to have more compassion so that one day he can be an excellent doctor.
A really quick article that explains what exactly mindfulness is and why it helps us. 

“Minds are a little bit like record players; they can only play one track at a time. Similarly, you can only replay one set of words and images at a time. If you mindfully focus (fill your mind) on a neutral or soothing phrase (that you read, verbally repeat, or write), you literally cannot focus on the words of the stressful conversation.”
"Self-care is self-investment, provided by you and for you."
"The purpose of mindful education is to inculcate consciousness in each child, so that they are aware of their feelings, their environment and their responsibilities. It enables us to be empathetic and more productive."

What We're Listening To

A podcast with the goal to help you become the healthiest version of yourself. There's some great tips like how to overcome sleep deprivation and daily self-care routines you can do.
Conversations with people who are masters of their craft.
Going inside the minds of the world’s highest achievers...
A self-development podcast with loads of inspiration.

Sci-Fi / Future— 

Real possibilities approaching for the Hyperloop... "The project will adapt a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars that centers on a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm."

A Thought We've Been Pondering

Barbara Fredrickson described the 10 most-positive emotions as “joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love.”

How much would our lives improve if we deeply and actively sought out each of these emotions throughout our days?  What if we paid more attention to the facets of joy rather than the presence of pain?

What We're Reading This Week—

On Writing by Stephen King

This book is definitely not your typical writing guidebook, but that's what makes it so good.  It's funny, wild, and wonderful. Stephen King is unorthodox in both his advice and his stories, which makes everything feel so raw and truthful.  The autobiographical nature off the book is mesmerizing and Stephen uses various tellings of his life as great metaphors for writing. I find it to be a breath of fresh air amidst all the other writing books I've been perusing lately.

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

This book is a really fun read! I always loved Greek mythology growing up and it's fun to read something that brings that more to life.  It's a page-turning mysterious adventure and it reminds me a lot of the Harry Potter series. It has good pacing and suspense action. It also highlights a lot of different places in America. Rick Riordan has a great easy to read style so it's been fun to read during our long plane flights and train rides.


That’s it for now! 

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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
Mandy & Jonathan Chew

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