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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Quarterly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. July 2007 Vol 2 Issue 3   

 Your Heart Remembers 

Your heart has a memory of its own. Neuro-psychologist Paul Pearsall's book entitled, The Heart's Code cites results from seventy-three heart transplant cases in which a part of the donor's personality was passed on to the recipient. What this means for those of us not concerned with a transplant is that our hearts are registering information on an ongoing basis. What kind of information are you giving to your heart? The Institute of HeartMath tells us that our hearts function better when we express appreciation rather than frustration. How much appreciation are you feeling? There is always more to appreciate than time to think of it. Slow down and look around with a grateful eye. Your heart will thank you.

 Bringing The Children Home 

In Dr. DeFoore's new book, SERAI: Bringing The Children Home, the ancient and magical raconteur Marguerite will introduce you to the characters of the Castle Corazon, each of whom represents an aspect of your remarkable inner nature. Adventures of the merchants, the warriors, the artist, the wizard and the divine Serai invite you to the dynamic dance of light and shadow where the lost and exiled beasts and children of the soul are discovered, embraced and brought home. Discover how our story unfolds as a wizard, two lions and a curiously radiant little girl get together and develop an amazing plan to emerge once and for all from the heart of the Castle Corazon. Purchase your copy or download the Ebook now!

 Expect Your Heart's Desire 

Here is a wonderful formula for success and happiness: Use every fear, doubt or irritation as a springboard to launch expectations of how good you will feel when the problem is solved or simply goes away. Go on from there to anticipate positive events in your life with thoughts like, "Won't it be great when..." and "I sure look forward to..."  Whatever you are focusing on, imagine the best possible outcome, and think of how good you will feel when it happens. While keeping these positive expectations in place, take only action that feels inspired and inspiring, and watch the amazing things that will happen in your life. Expect your heart's desire. Read more Goodfinding commentaries.
 A Positive Gallup 

We've all heard of the Gallup poll, but how many of us know that the Gallup Organization is into positive psychology? The Gallup Institute for Global Well Being is hosting the International Positive Psychology Summit, now known as the Global Well Being Summit in Washington, D.C., October, '07. When a highly respected mainstream organization like Gallup focuses on well being, it makes a difference. Evidence of awakening is all around us, and growing everyday. There is so much good in the world, quietly waiting for us to notice. Yes, quietly. The good does not reach out and grab our attention. We have to become Goodfinders and find it.

 The Hot Pink Grannies 

At sixty two, Jewell Chapman plays basketball for the "Hot Pink Grannies," in the Iowa Granny Basketball league. "I think I'm tough," says Hot Pink Granny Colleen Pulliam, age sixty-nine, as she flexes her biceps at the opposing team. It's the socks that are hot pink, offset by black bloomers to create a fun and distinctive uniform. And this is a growing trend, evidenced by five hundred women from forty seven states competing in the National Senior Games in '05. Seventy-eight year old Phyllis Huxford of Des Moines says, "I'm having fun and I love it. We have a nice bunch of girls here." So whatever you want to do, go for it. It's never too late.

 Positively Wonderful 

The Boston Globe reported that the most popular course at Harvard is an introductory class on positive psychology. Over two hundred colleges in the U.S. offer courses in positive psychology, and Cambridge University has established its Well-Being Institute. To learn more, read the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and the quarterly magazine Greater Good. Positive emotions make you smarter, more creative and healthier. Feeling good is serious business. Focus on what feels good in the deepest and most sustainable way, and you will be approaching your authentic greatness.

  Spread The Joy

Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Researchers at the University College London have confirmed that laughter is indeed contagious. They also discovered that positive emotional sounds such as cheering and laughter are more contagious than negative emotional sounds. These findings support those reported by Daniel Goleman and associates in their book, Primal Leadership, which suggests that positive messages travel faster through an organization than negative ones. As an experiment, try smiling at everyone you see for a day, a week, or the rest of your life. It will be good for you, and for everyone you meet. Spread the joy, it's who you are.

  The Power of the Power Nap 

When the going gets tough, the smart ones take a nap. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences reports that sleep-related fatigue costs U.S. businesses $150 billion a year in absenteeism, accidents and lost productivity. Harvard researcher Charles Czeisler, M.D. reports that sleep deprivation can produce effects similar to those experienced by someone who is legally drunk. Even a ten minute nap can help. Ideally, we would all take a half hour nap twelve hours from the middle of our night's sleep. Find a way to take a nap every day. Take good care of your body/mind, and it will take good care of you.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"What you put into your mind, you also put into your body."
--Andrew Weil, M.D., Physician and author

"What is now proved was once only imagined."
--William Blake, Poet

"Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish."
--Jean de la Fontaine, French poet

"Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed."
--Dale Carnegie, Author




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