Hi Everyone,
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here! 

Happy almost end of August!

We're so excited to share all the positive resources and findings we've come across lately! We always try to share with you the most recent content that's out there! And as much of it as possible!

Because we know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, 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 love to get as much positivity, love, and joy as possible :)

- 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).

"Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." ~Glenn Turner

"The most intense fight a human will ever have is between the person they are and the person they are capable of becoming." ~unknown

"A man's character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but by what he does when his back is against the wall." ~John Cena

'It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday." ~John Guare

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ~Roy T. Bennett

"Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories." ~Dr. Sukhraj Dhillon

"An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again." ~unknown

"Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there." ~Aretha Franklin

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” ~Brian Tracy

"So, you have $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you. Would you be upset and throw all of the $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person that took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we have 86,400 seconds in every day so don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the rest of the 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that." ~unknown

This Week's Positive Videos—

Why Mo Gawdat left Google to start a new mission focused on happiness...

"Find out how to belt out the best birthday wishes in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, and more!"

"Master Caleb Stewart joined the Raa Staff today as our keynote speaker with a powerful message about literacy and dreaming big."

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

"Rewards and punishments are conditional, but our love and positive regard for our kids should be unconditional. Here’s how to change the conversation and the behavior."

By practicing self-awareness, you can listen with greater care—not only to words, but also to the emotion and meaning that's being expressed.
Steal these tips from the pros...
There is much, large and small, you can do to eliminate inefficiencies and get more done every hour you work.

"We all have different ideas of what we believe will bring us joy, but it turns out people in certain places might have a better idea than others."
"The sooner you take this in, the sooner you'll leave all that negative baggage in the past."
Exploring Different Meditation Techniques...
"In New York City, the public library is opening its closet to anyone who needs to borrow fancier accessories—like ties."

"Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax."

"A clear, simple approach to meditation with a NY Times bestselling author and some of the most respected (and cool) meditation teachers on the planet. Designed for skeptics, built to help you keep it going." This app has some free meditations and a subscription service as well. 

"With the right apps, a smartphone can do almost anything, but it’s also useful to occasionally ditch your phone in favor of a trusty notebook. Here are seven reasons to carry a physical paper notebook around with you."
Mindfulness is more than meditation and staying in the present -- and can make you more successful.
"There are tension-taming techniques that can ease the effects of stress on the body."
"Meditation pulls your focus inward and creates a sort of shield against all of the universe's bajiggity energy."
"It is frustrating to set a goal and not achieve it. Even more vexing is when you repeatedly fall short of reaching your goal. Stop getting in your own way, and start taking the steps that will guide you to your goals. Here are four ways to hold yourself accountable."

Sci-Fi / Future— 

"Bridenstine said the key to opening up the moon — and going to Mars — is building 'Gateways' — small, space-station-like platforms that serve as lunar orbit outposts or transports for points outward."
"A team of researchers headed by University of British Columbia scientist Stephen Withers reports on enzymes — from the human gut — that remove A or B antigens from red blood cells 30 times more efficiently than previously reported enzymes." "Transgenic rice plants are capable of expressing a trio of proteins that can prevent HIV from entering human cells." "With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals." From his workshop in south-western Poland, Sebastian Kucharski makes robots out of scrap metal.

A Thought We've Been Pondering

F.A.I.L. stands for "First Attempt in Learning",
E.N.D. stands for "Effort Never Dies".
N.O. stands for "Next Opportunity".

T.E.A.M. stands for "Together Everyone 
Achieves More".

It's always helpful to see obstacles and dead ends as opportunities, to see "bad" concepts in a good way. New definitions and outlooks are sometimes just what we need to move forward. 

What We're Reading This Week—


Dan Harris once had a massive panic attack on television one day as he was doing his daily report as a news anchor. At first embarrassed, Dan then went on a journey that ultimately led him to look more into meditation. At first a huge skeptic, he studied the science behind meditation and realized it could improve his life.
Directly from the book, Dan Harris suggests, “We don’t meditate to get better at meditating; we meditate to get better at life.
I love Dan's outlook on meditation, how he suggests we can become just a little bit happier through it. He definitely has a down-to-earth approach to it which was really fun to read about. 

My favorite idea from the book is that the mind is like a waterfall. It has a constant stream of consciousness, of urges and impulses. Mindfulness helps us to respond wisely to those things. Becuase we experience everything through the mind, we might as well give it the best environment to work in.
Jim Rohn is one of the original gurus of the self-help industry. In fact, when young Tony Robbins was just getting his start, he went to several Jim Rohn seminars and even studied under him for a while as he was learning the ropes. I've listened to him and Zig Ziglar and Jim really just has a fantastic clear poignant way with words that just get straight to the point.

Chapter 6 on the audiobook is by far my favorite. It's the goal-setting chapter and it's one of the best ways of putting things I've ever heard on why we should set goals and how much our lives can change as a result of that.

If you ask yourself questions like, "Why isn't my bank balance bigger?" Then Jim learned that,
"You don't have enough reasons for accomplishing great things. If you had enough reasons, you can do incredible things."

And he goes on to say, "It's not what you get, it's who you become." So many of us are focused on what we're getting out of an interaction or job, but it's more about what that particular challenge does to you "for what it will make of you to achieve it." That's why we should set big goals because it'll make us into even better people along the way.


That’s it for now! 

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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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