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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. August 2009 Vol 3 Issue 8   


Standing In Awe Of You

If you could but catch one small glimpse of the magnificence and grace of who you really are, you would indeed be in awe. There is consciousness in every cell of your organism, intelligence in your heart, and absolute genius in your "gut feelings." Take a moment and contemplate your worth. How would your greatest admirers describe you? Consider the possibility that they may see you more accurately than you see yourself. And that's from the outside looking in--now take a look at who and what you are inside.

You know, better than anyone, how much you care, how hard you try, and how much you want to make things better. Now look a little deeper, and notice all of the abilities you have which you might otherwise take for granted. Be amazed for a moment at your ability to see, hear, smell and taste. Stand in awe of your ability to sense through touch. Imagine for a moment the amount of brain activity it takes to read this article, drive your car, operate your computer--and especially look at the brilliance that is uniquely yours in those activities that you do the best. That is where your greatest gifts reveal themselves.

Why all this about how wonderful you are? Because the more you appreciate you, the more gracious, kind, generous and productive you will be--and the more the rest of us will be able to revel in the pleasure of your contribution.

You Were "Born To Be Good"


Yes, it's another fabulous new book! Author Dacher Keltner puts together science and data to show that as human beings, we were indeed "born to be good." This quote from says a lot: Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another. I love that part about how emotion is the key to living the good life!

It works like this: When you are good (which, by the way is something you define for yourself), you are more deeply and intimately connected with the brilliance and awesome magnificence of your true nature. Just as you define goodness for yourself, your goodness defines you. You are not defined by your limitations, shortcomings and liabilities. Those are merely facilitators, encouraging you onward toward the good person you were born to be.

  "The Medicine Of Mirth"


The August issue of Ode Magazine: For Intelligent Optimists is all about laughter--why we laugh, how it helps with learning, how it sets us free, makes us healthier and contributes to our social evolution. The article entitled, "The Medicine Of Mirth" tells us why "a laugh a day keeps the doctor--and the cardiologist and the psychiatrist away." Laughter blunts stress and pain, and releases brain chemicals called endorphins, which stave off "black moods" which can damage heart health and increase the risk of stroke.

Steven Sultanoff, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University says, "If you increase your humor quotient, it will change your life." His research shows that laughter and humor reduce anxiety and depression, which have been linked to heart disease. He has also found that "Mirth reduces the negative impact of anger and other distressing emotions." Read the entire article on Medicinal Mirth.

Learn the laughing meditation created by Dr. Dhyan Sutorius in the current issue of Ode. You can get a free issue here. It is a three-part process, moving from limbering to laughing to releasing. When you laugh, you're sending a message to your brain that you are safe and all is well--always a good message to send and receive!


  Learn This Superbrain Exercise!


I am very impressed with this simple exercise that enhances brain power and alignment at all levels of functioning. Watch this video, in which a physician, a Yale neurobiologist and a teacher all vouch for its effectiveness in making you smarter! The procedure, which takes only a couple of minutes a day, is called Superbrain Yoga. Check out the book on, where you'll find this in the description: "This simple and easy to do technique develops and increases intellectual capacity and sharpens memory & concentration." It is also helpful to children with behavior problems and learning disabilities.

Here's what you do (in case you want to try it right now instead of watching the video or waiting for the book):

  1. Hold your right ear with your left hand, thumb in front and index finger in the back, and do the same with your left ear and your right hand.
  2. Next, squat down as far as you can, inhaling as you go down and exhaling as you come up.
  3. Repeat that squatting and breathing process 15 times once or twice a day--or however often you like!
This may be yet another way to access, enhance and utilize these magnificent minds we were all born with.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders


"Happiness resides in the belly, where all laughter begins."

--Dhyan Sutorius

"Cheerfulness is next to godliness."

--John Lloyd

"At every age, learning and development happen through play and fun."
--Jos Houben

"Grins and giggles may hold the key to our social evolution."
--Blaine Greteman

"The essential ingredient for laughter is not a joke, but another person."
Robert Provine




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